Wearing Black Suits in Interviews

I am a Junior at a target and I have summer analyst interviews with a few BB banks for Investment Banking and Public Finance roles.

I have researched the topic and found that black suits are a big no-no in interviews. I come from a pretty humble background and I spent pretty much all of my money on suits and shirts. I wouldn't be able to buy a new suit.

How big of a deal is it if I wear these black suits to the interviews?

Also, should I buy a pale blue shirt along with the white one?

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Suit and Shirt Color for Interviews

While students place a lot of weight on the quality of interview outfits, in the end what matters is looking put together and offering strong, quality answers. However, our users shared some advice about suit and shirt colors below. Generally speaking - grey, charcoal, and blue are preferred suit colors but black is fine especially for a student. No one expects you to have expensive or fancy suits as a poor undergrad.

APAE - Private Equity Partner:
You don't need to worry about the suit. At the end of the day, they care about what you know, what you can learn, and what type of person you are ... not whether you knew the intricacies of professional attire.

DaveWinkler - Risk Management Analyst:
I wouldn't worry too much about wearing a black suit vs. navy or gray. Honestly as long as the suit fits well, your tie is tied right, and your shoes don't look like crap you'll probably be alright.

Dress Shirt Colors for Interviews

Shirt wise, our users suggest white or light blue shirts without any patterns.

Tony Bromo - Investment Banking Analyst:
White or blue shit. Any tie but red. THAT'S IT. Took me 2 mins and some common sense to figure that out.

Black Suit Red Tie Combo

Some users strongly advise against wearing a red tie to interviews as it is considered an aggressive color. However, some feel that it is acceptable.

APAE - Private Equity Partner:
One big thing, though, is the tie. Do NOT wear red. It is a power color. Avoid it at all costs. Avoid bright colors to begin with. Don't get bright yellow, red, or green. Dark green, burgundy, and navy ties are all acceptable and all work with a white shirt.

DaveWinkler - Risk Management Analyst:
As far as tie color, pretty much anything will go with black but I would advise to keep it simple. red, black, blue. solid or diagonal stripes. Don't get into the busy prints like paisley, checks, plaid, etc. yet. Make sure that if you have a thin lapel on your jacket you have a corresponding thin tie.

However, maroon ties are usually acceptable. See the difference below with maroon on the top and red on the bottom.

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Comments (165)

 
Jan 20, 2012 - 10:19pm

You don't need to worry about the suit. At the end of the day, they care about what you know, what you can learn, and what type of person you are ... not whether you knew the intricacies of professional attire.

One big thing, though, is the tie. Do NOT wear red. It is a power color. Avoid it at all costs. Avoid bright colors to begin with. Don't get bright yellow, red, or green. Dark green, burgundy, and navy ties are all acceptable and all work with a white shirt.

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Jan 20, 2012 - 10:28pm

Studiofan:
Whatever you do.. dont wear a black suit with a red tie.

Why is that?

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Jan 20, 2012 - 10:26pm

I wouldn't worry too much about wearing a black suit vs. navy or gray. Honestly as long as the suit fits well, your tie is tied right, and your shoes don't look like crap you'll probably be alright.

Undo the vent that was closed up.

As far as tie color. pretty much anything will go with black but I would advise to keep it simple. red, black, blue. solid or diagonal stripes. Don't get into the busy prints like paisley, checks, plaid, etc. yet. Make sure that if you have a thin lapel on your jacket you have a corresponding thin tie.

Pale blue shirts are almost as much of a staple in dress shirts as white shirts so I say yes, buy one of those too.

Did you fly over my helmet?
 
Jan 21, 2012 - 12:02am

ErgotFreeway:
Thanks guys. I've been freaking out over this.

By red, I meant burgundy. The tie looks something like this: http://tinyurl.com/6nb88k8

Also, how cheap is acceptable for the second tie? Would you recommend a different color for the superdays? White dress shirts each time?


White or blue are perfectly fine. In a pinch, a light gray can work too.

I see nothing wrong with that tie. The most important thing is that you're comfortable with it and it's 100% silk.

You are obsessing too much.

 
Jan 20, 2012 - 10:53pm

That tie is alright.

Brooks Brothers items are staples. Get a couple of their shirts and a couple of their ties. No one will remember you wearing the same tie twice unless it was a Pokemon or Halloween-themed tie, and you can never have too many white shirts.

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Jan 20, 2012 - 11:10pm

Maybe I should tell my friend who wore a black suit to his Silverlake interview last fall - and received an offer - that he was doing it all WRONG. ;)

This black vs navy/charcoal suit argument is overblown. Just look presentable; the stuff on your transcript/resume is what really matters.

 
Jan 21, 2012 - 12:07am

seedy underbelly:
Maybe I should tell my friend who wore a black suit to his Silverlake interview last fall - and received an offer - that he was doing it all WRONG. ;)

This black vs navy/charcoal suit argument is overblown. Just look presentable; the stuff on your transcript/resume is what really matters.


Of course black is fine, but it's always good to state what's ideal.

Traditionally, black was what you wore to a funeral; hence why everyone says charcoal or navy. But the difference is almost imperceptible.

Oh well, I'm just a quant. I wear argyle sweatervests and sometimes go three days without shaving. Who am I to nitpick on fashion?

 
Jan 21, 2012 - 9:33am

Just wear the suit with pinstripes and you should be fine.

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."
 
Jan 21, 2012 - 11:04am

I understand covering all your bases with interviews, but seriously?You wrote a page on suit, shirt and tie color? Really?

White or blue shit. Any tie but red. THAT'S IT. Took me 2 mins and some common sense to figure that out.

Instead of spending time worrying about your suit color, study the market, read about a deals, prep a stock pitch, spend time talking to yourself in the mirror, talking through your "walk me through your resume or through a dcf" not staring at yourself wondering - dang, I should've bought the Charcoal suit.

 
Jan 21, 2012 - 10:09pm

I don't really think it makes a difference. I always wore a grey suit to my interviews. I was always told "Black suits are for funerals". Not trying to be a jerk but if people in IB told you not to buy a black suit and then you listened to the guy who works at mens warehouse? Just saying

XX
 
Jan 22, 2012 - 12:30am

Damn it, considering my experience in the fashion industry, I'm tempted to help you guys posting up these topics.

Like the others have said, simple is best. In my interviews (or any event that requires business formal), this is my go-to:

  • Well-fitting, navy suit
  • Blue BD
  • Navy tie
  • Black oxfords

That's it. If I'm feeling particularly dickish, I'd grab a floral pocket square.

 
Jan 22, 2012 - 1:07am

Just wear a white shirt and light blue tie with the suits you have now and buy new suits before summer starts. Stay away from colorful shirts and red power ties or any flashy tie. Men's warehouse provides terrible fashion guidance for finance professionals

 
Jan 22, 2012 - 1:38am

bulldogs12:
Men's warehouse provides terrible fashion guidance for any professionals
FTFY.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

 
Jan 24, 2012 - 6:15pm

not a big deal at all. wear the pinstripe to superdays though (more people to judge ifyou wear the solid and they might be more hostile than your own recruiting team). Especially if it is apparent you are from a humble background (city public school, you list a scholarship on your resume) it is fine.

borrow ties from your richer friends. seriously, this will save you some money and let you change it up. neutral stripes (blue, green, gray) and small repeating patterns are considered the most professional. nothing you can do about the vents now.

those dinner events tendto be business casual btw, so ask about that

 
Jan 27, 2012 - 11:01am

I'll echo what the others have told you that you should absolutely not stress about wearing a black suit. It is perfectly reasonable and appropriate to wear a black business suit to a formal job interview. You're doing just fine.

With that said, it is considered a little more sophisticated to wear darker colors other than black such as a dark navy or dark charcoal, but file that away for general fashion advice, not interview advice (as others have said, black suits are considered formal for funerals or night weddings, but dark navy and dark charcoal are so close to black anyway).

Your goal fashion-wise for an interview is to be as unremarkable as possible. That may sound counter intuitive, but you want to stand out for your communication skills and experience, not fashion. For that reason, it's usually a good idea to be as conservative as possible with items such as a shirt in either white or light blue, and a conservative tie (it probably is best to avoid the red tie, but that won't get you blacklisted). Your tie should definitely be darker than your shirt, however. For example, you wouldn't want to wear a light blue tie with a dark blue (or medium blue) shirt. No one has ever been hired for their great fashion sense, but I suspect plenty have been blacklisted for their outlandish/inappropriate fashion sense (showing up in clubbing attire, etc). This is why you just want to play it as conservatively as possible and forget about it.

With all of that said, I cannot recommend eBay enough. If money is tight, you can score fantastic deals, and you can even buy clothing that has already been tailored to your needs. You may not want to buy used pants or shirts, and that's fine, but used ties, used sport coats, etc can be fantastic buys and don't sit directly on someone's skin. You can buy new shirts much cheaper than retail, because people either received them as unwanted gifts, or someone buys in bulk but has no store overhead, etc. Clothes depreciate more than even cars do, and for no reason other than men don't think to look for them. I have a closet full of Brooks Brothers mainline sport coats now, each retailing for between $400 - $700, and I think the most I paid for any of them was $35 plus shipping.

So in conclusion, relax about the black suit and white shirt! Good luck on your interviews and your journey to rainmaker status.

 
Jan 27, 2012 - 12:05pm

Bernankey:
No one gives a shit what you were to an interview as long as you are presentable. All this nonesense about wearing a red tie is pure superstition. I work red ties to my superdays back in the day and kicked ass.

Same.

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Feb 17, 2012 - 12:07pm

Connor:
I've always been told not to wear black shoes/belt with a navy suit. Usually I just wear brown shoes/belt.

I just think black on navy looks terrible. How do you guys match those colors?

You dont. Whoever told you to wear black shoes with a navy belt is a retárd.

 
Feb 17, 2012 - 10:48pm

Bernankey:
Connor:
I've always been told not to wear black shoes/belt with a navy suit. Usually I just wear brown shoes/belt.

I just think black on navy looks terrible. How do you guys match those colors?

You dont. Whoever told you to wear black shoes with a navy belt is a retárd.

Wow you were so excited to post something that you didn't read what he said.

IMHO black leather (shoes and belt) with a navy suit isn't the faux pas it used to be. But I do think dark brown looks better with navy than black.

Did you fly over my helmet?
 
Feb 21, 2012 - 7:55pm

Hey Mr. Original poster...it really doens't matter you wear black or blue, the thing that matters is that you need to look presentable and have a great body language about the job.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:15pm

debbie-lynne:

Did you end up getting a summer internship?

Well, considering this thread is four years old, OP could be out of the industry entirely by now, in business school, dead, etc...

Commercial Real Estate Developer

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 11:49am

Well if you have to wear a black suit wear a white shirt and a black tie, black belt, and shoes. Tell them you had to come straight from your great grandmother's funeral.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 11:57am

Somethings never change around here...

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Jan 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

What me always dishing out ass saving advice. Yes that never does seem to change.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 12:17pm

Dude, black is for funerals and maybe weddings. Don't wear it to work. It just doesn't fit in a professional environment.

Other than that, you can basically wear any cheap half-decent suit. Doesn't need to cost more than $150, and unlike what some other people here are saying polyester is totally acceptable for junior bankers. In terms of color/pattern, I'd recommend grey striped, but anything reasonable goes, really (but not black).

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:22pm

black is fine as long as you have a crisp tie, make sure its not too loud though.

i have 5, but only wear 3. i'm not into fashion or whatever, but i went shopping with ppl and this is what i bought when work started (low budget):

Dark Blue (YSL)
Black w/grey stripes (CK)
Dark Grey (Boss)

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:23pm

I just happen to have 5 suits but mainly because three are hand-me-downs from my dad who got fat. Keep in mind if you are wearing suits 5 days a week you want to keep a rotation going because suit pants wear out fairly quickly.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:25pm

Don't where Black unless your going to Prom, or a funeral lol.
Stick to safe Navy and charchol suits. I'm sure there was some study someone about people wearing Navy when interviewed being perceived as the most professional and more likely to get hired. O

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:27pm

Funerals and weddings only.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 12:29pm

@"WallStreetOasis.com" can you add an archive feature where a thread with less than a certain amount of SB's gets archived so no one can comment on it going forward? this is a serious bump about a dumb topic.

buuuuuut since it's gotten bumped, I will say this: if you're in something client facing and there's a huge age difference between you and the client/potential client across the table, black has a psychological effect on people and I think it makes you feel older, gives you gravitas. definitely don't do black suit white shirt and dark solid tie, you'll look like a FBI agent, but I think when done intentionally, it can be done well. these situations rarely happen in IB because junior people don't sit in on meetings where they're the only one at the table, but if you're in PWM running your own practice, I'd consider it.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:31pm

Black Suit to Interview (Originally Posted: 10/11/2009)

Parents got me this as a gift. I'm going into an interview, and I've read that black may be too bold for the occasion; I don't know if that's true. It's tailored and everything, and I would feel terrible if I never wore it.

Would this be fine?

LINK:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3032152?refsid=257023&refcat=0%7e2376777%7e…--Product--Manual

Thanks.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 12:33pm

Its a nice suit, I wore black to all mine and never had a problem. I still wear a black suit to work every now and then, no one ever says anything.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:34pm

obviously most people wouldn't say anything, but anytime i see a kid in my office with a black suit i assume he's lost and proceed to give him directions to the operations floor.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:40pm

Black suit, white shirt, and a red or blue tie. Can't get much more conservative. No one would think twice.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 12:41pm

i have a very dark charcoal suit (if you imagegoogle "charcoal suit" or "black suit", the same pics will show up, it's about that color). It doens't matter, I got offers everywhere i interviewed.
But get used to be asked "Who died?".

Also: DO NOT WEAR a white shirt with that suit, go for a light blue
and get a red/orange tie (that doenst look cheap: zegna will be fine) to go with that

People understand that when you are in college you own only one suit (that must fit every ocasion, that includes funerals)

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:44pm

If you only own one suit, ideally it should be a navy blue solid suit. Solid means there is no pattern on the fabric, just the solid color of dark blue. You would have to travel far and wide to find a place or formal situation where you were not dressed appropriately. If you only own two suits (most people), make the second suit be a charcoal solid. Wear light blue or white shirts. Wear red or blue ties with tiny conservative, unobtrusive and unremarkable patterns. When you are an MD then you can feel free to dress like Ari Gold. Till then, stepping out just makes you look like an ass.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:56pm

Black suit + ? (Originally Posted: 12/27/2009)

Yes I know but it's all I have and I don't really want to fork out for another one.

I was thinking black suit + light blue shirt + one of these ties:

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9859/518stvcroilss400.jpg

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/3074/5181cdzhmlss500.jpg

My question is, is this OK for interviews or should I be wearing a red tie and white shirt or some other combo?

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 12:57pm

You're fine, it's not a big deal. Trust me, you're not going to get dinged for wearing a black suit, and if you do, you don't want to work at that place anyway. Either tie will work, though I think the second tie is a better fit -- the gold in the first tie doesn't really seem like it would go well with the primary navy and the black of the suit.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:04pm

Black Suits (Originally Posted: 01/04/2012)

I have been taught that black suits are a must possession in my early years. However, one of my friends instructed me that black suits are inappropriate for ib interviews. Is that correct? If so are there any occasions where a black suit would be appropriate?

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:07pm

...or funerals.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:10pm

If you don't get an offer, it had nothing to do with the color of your suit. It's cause you sucked. No one actually in banking gives a shit whether you're wearing black or navy blue.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:11pm

For the record, it's completely possible to nail interviews in a black suit. That isn't what makes or breaks your success.

That being said, don't wear a flat black suit unless you're:
- a waiter
- attending a funeral
- at a formal event
- out on the town for the night

Wearing a black pinstriped suit is acceptable outside of those circumstances, but not in an interview. Wearing a black suit isn't a dealbreaker in interviewing, but it's tasteless. Stay classy.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:12pm

White suit should guarantee an offer though

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:15pm

Black Suits (Originally Posted: 01/04/2012)

I have been taught that black suits are a must possession in my early years. However, one of my friends instructed me that black suits are inappropriate for ib interviews. Is that correct? If so are there any occasions where a black suit would be appropriate?

When luck shuts the door you gotta come in through the window - Doyle Brunson
 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:16pm

Go with navy for ib interviews...much more conservative

Impossible is nothing
 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:19pm

Navy Blues are good, with a little self print. And make sure you get them tailored by a good tailor. Otherwise it's not the color the fitting that doesn't match with your personality.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:20pm

Black suit, or not? (Originally Posted: 07/30/2012)

From what I've read on here, it seems that a charcoal-grey suit is the best option for an interview, with black being a "don't if you can afford to avoid it".

Recently, though, I was at a JP Morgan event where the HR person said "I recently read a black suit increases the chance of interview success, so make sure you get yourself one!"

I tried googling for such an article, but I am yet to find it. In light of this recommendation from an HR person at a bank, is a black suit better than grey or navy?

P.S. The event was in the Asia-Pacific region, don't know if that makes a difference.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:23pm

I would only wear a black suit if i were wearing a white shirt and a black tie

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:24pm

Ignore Elwood Blues above.

Here is a very simple way of thinking about the black suit phenomenon:

  1. Some people do not notice black suits.
  2. Some people, for better or worse, do.
  3. Anyone that is the type to notice black suits has read these same message boards and is conditioned to associate black suits with funerals and waiting staff.
  4. The odds of the suit mattering are low, but there is a small chance that wearing a black suit will be noticed.
  5. There is no chance that it will be viewed positively.

Be risk averse. Wear grey or dark blue.

Duh.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:27pm

I highly doubt it really makes that large of a difference.

Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.
 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:28pm

Honestly you'll never make everyone happy. Some people will notice and hold it against you and others won't give it a thought. I think that if you start out with a suit that fits you well (see: tailored or altered) your already above 90% of people. Hell, probably 95% from what I've seen. If you take pride in your appearance people will notice. Simple. Black, blue or charcoal if it fits well and you wear it well chances are you will be perfectly fine. That doesn't mean go run out and buy a yellow suit or something, but as long as your not wearing black on black, odds are that they won't hold it against you. Besides, unless it's like a matte black half of the black suits I've seen could be construed as navy so.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:29pm

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End of discussion.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:32pm

If this is the only suit you have who cares? Go interview, kick ass... there is a shortage of competent people with decent personalities. Trust me, if you are good no one cares what kind of suit you are wearing as long as it is clean and ok fitting (obviously if you wear something really strange my above comments don't apply)

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:37pm

Dark Suit, White shirt, red tie....its the most standard interview attire. Shows you mean business and know old school practices.

Red= Confidence
Dark suit= Conservative

Eventus stultorum magister.
 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:48pm

Where whatever you want just don't come complain to us when you don't get an offer.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:54pm

Would recommend charcoal gray, or navy suits for an interview. Blue, Yellow, red ties all work. As someone said, red does showcase bold. On the suits, wear solids (no pattern) if you are on the bulkier side; If short, a pinstripe gives the illusion of height. On shirts, as multiple folks have pointed out, blue and white are perfect. Black/brown shoes work well. If wearing brown, suggest matching with a brown belt. Cuffs etc. come down to personal choice. Ideally suggest not wearing cuff links and pocket squares for interview- may be a bit much. Best!

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Jan 24, 2016 - 1:58pm

I wouldn't wear a black suit to work in America, but in Asia it's fairly common to see it. So it depends on the culture of the firm really. Definitely rock a charcoal suit, it's so easy

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:59pm

do I wear a suit to this event and is a black suit considered wrong for interviews? (Originally Posted: 10/31/2012)

I have two questions:

  1. What is the dress code for an open house event held at the company headquarter? Is business casual okay?

  2. Is it wrong to wear a black suit to interviews? I've heard that black is not considered business attire and some people can get dinged for wearing black.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:02pm

Wear a suit. You can always make a suit less formal if necessary (remove jacket/tie). You can't make business casual more formal.

Black is too formal. Get a charcoal 2-button suit.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:03pm

For the record, while you don't see black suits too often, no one will really gives a shit if you wore one to an interview. If you're good, they'll hire you. If you suck ass, it wasn't cause of the color of your suit that got you dinged. Worry about your technicals and story before stupid shit like color of your suit.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:04pm

Black Suits (Originally Posted: 11/08/2012)

On Monday GS is coming to my school for a corporate presentation with an hour networking session afterwards. I was just wondering if a black suit would be okay to wear to an event like this? If need be, I can just run out this weekend and buy a navy/charcoal suit. The downside to that is that I wouldn't have time to get it tailored.

I'm in Manhattan if it matters.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:05pm

Don't sweat it. Dress your best, and if that means wearing a black suit, so be it. Just change your wardrobe before your internship starts. GS won't hold it against you - you're only a college kid.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:06pm

Go to an Ivy B-School, about 30% of my class wears black suits and no one cares. Just try to avoid the black suit, white shirt, black tie combo. Wear a grean/blue/red/yellow tie and a blue/white shirt and you are good to go!

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:07pm

I'm wearing a black suit (Originally Posted: 10/25/2013)

I know, I know, black suits are bad for interviews and you should only go with charcoal or navy. Unfortunately, the only suit I have is a black suit. I have an equity research interview at an investment bank next week and I don't know what to wear with the suit. For my last interview I went with a light blue shirt with a multi blue tie and I want to know if there's a better alternative.

A little more info if it helps- the bank is in the midwest and it's the Baird/Piper type

What should I wear with a black suit?

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:10pm

Go with a black or blue tie.

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Jan 24, 2016 - 2:12pm

Black shirt, black tie. If they ask about it say you are dressed for your own funeral..

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..
 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:15pm

black suit investment banking associate interview (Originally Posted: 02/02/2016)

This question is about midnight blue or the darkest navies which can be confused as black.

So, I read a thread on this topic and generally for entry level it doesn't really matter if you wear black. However, as mentioned by a very smart man, why tempt fate and risk running into someone who cares about these things, which is not outside the realm of possibility.

Now this is a personal opinion but, post MBA associates are held to higher standards and I would say one should never wear a black suit for an associate interview.

Having said this;

  1. For an associate interview, do you think it's tempting fate to wear a navy suit that is so dark that it can be misconstrued as being black? (Yes, I have one and it was expensive)

  2. I also have a black suit with stripes that are not conspicuous. (Yes, I'm an idiot). Can I wear this to an associate interview?

Should I buy a new lighter navy suit?

Thanks for your answers

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:16pm

To me it depends on your background. If you come from a low-income URM background and did Peace Corps after graduation, it's not going to matter. But, if you were in some corporate job for 4 years, I think you should know better and have the means to get a properly colored suit. End of the day though, no one is going to ding you for wearing a black suit.

 
Jan 24, 2016 - 2:19pm

Interview Suit - Don't wear black? (Originally Posted: 12/27/2007)

I have a nice black pinstripe suit that's fairly expense that I bought a few months ago. I was planning on wearing that to interviews then buying a navy and a gray right before the summer starts.

The guy at this boutique men's store said never wear a black suit in an interview; it's too pretentious. He didn't know I was interviewing for Wall Street, but is he right?

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