Best Color Suit for Interviews

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I heard that wearing black suits weren't appropriate... I was told to go charcoal or navy blue... What do you guys think about this navy blue suit? is it too blue to wear to interviews?

Investment Banking Interview Suit Color

While it might seem like a minor issue, some people on Wall Street care about the color suit that you wear to an interview. While many people don't care, you don't want to have anyone distracted from your candidacy for any reason.

With that in mind, if you are looking to buy a new suit you should stick to classic navy, charcoal, or medium grey.

User @Anonymous. answered the OP's question:

Anonymous:

The pictured suit is definitely too blue. Though some firms might not care, if you're going out to buy a suit, make it navy or charcoal/medium gray.

Additionally, it is important to note that black is not recommended for interviews or working on the job. However, if black is all you have it is okay for interviews for college students.

Below we demonstrate some affordable suits for the purpose of interviewing.

Sample Grey Suit for Interviewing

Grey suits are a staple when it comes to working on wall street. You can see some sample suit pictures below.

Find this suit at the Men's Warehouse.

Find this Cavlin Klein suit on Amazon.

Example Navy / Blue Suit for Wall Street Jobs

You can purchase this suit here at Jos. A Bank.

You can purchase this suit here a Macy's.

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Comments (156)

Jun 16, 2013

I wear a suit like that to my summer analyst gig once in a while, but I wouldn't to an interview.
Navy, charcoal or medium grey for an interview.

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be"

Jun 16, 2013

stick with classic navy or charcoal for interviews

Jun 16, 2013

I don't understand why you're passing an IB interview Dwayne, just stick to the ball game goddamnit. IB firms in Miami aren't that great anyways.

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Jun 16, 2013

Definitely too blue. Though some firms might not care, if you're going out to buy a suit, make it navy or charcoal/medium gray.

Jun 16, 2013

Charcoal with a white shirt and a nice tie. I usually go non-blue on the tie because everyone seems to wear blue ties.

Jun 16, 2013

Could you any of you guys post a picture of a navy suit that would be appropriate?

Jun 16, 2013

To be honest, I think the lighting in the first pic might be what's causing that rich hue, so it might actually be ok.

I think most people here think of the guy 2nd from the right in this pic when they think of navy.

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Jun 18, 2013

Navy blue and charcoal gray are generally the best and most conservative options for interview suits. Such as these:

http://www.indochino.com/product/The-Essential-Nav...
http://www.indochino.com/product/The-Essential-Cha...

Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013

Black suits are fine if that's all you got, no one is going to hold that against you. I wore black suits to my first few internship interviews when I was an underclassmen and got internship offers.

I started to turn the corner around junior sa time and wore a navy suit, white shirt (barrel cuffs), sky blue tie and black shoes. During my internship was when I went all out with french cuffs and micro-printed animal ties and ended up getting the ft offer because of my work.

Morale of the story, nobody cares what you wear unless you look like Gekko

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Jun 24, 2013

This.

reigndrop:

Morale of the story, nobody cares what you wear unless you look like Gekko

Well, sort of.. Black suits are ok, charcoal and navy seem to be the preference. When I am interviewing someone, I look more for coordination of what they are wearing, is the tie tied properly, are the shoes shined, is the shirt wrinkled, etc. - more subtle stuff than strictly color of the suit.

Jun 25, 2013

That first suit is fine. Really. It's not flashy or unprofessional, it's a tasteful blue wool suit.

ParkAve:

This.

reigndrop:

Morale of the story, nobody cares what you wear unless you look like Gekko

Well, sort of.. Black suits are ok, charcoal and navy seem to be the preference. When I am interviewing someone, I look more for coordination of what they are wearing, is the tie tied properly, are the shoes shined, is the shirt wrinkled, etc. - more subtle stuff than strictly color of the suit.

This is the key. Regardless of whether you're wearing a $200 fused suit-separates item from H&M or a $2,000 bespoke garment from Franco Ercole, a bespoke Turnbull & Asser shirt or the weekend's special at Zara, a bottom-of-the-barrel tie from J.C. Penney or an iconic Hermes ... what matters is how you take care of it. If your suit is properly pressed, your shirt crisp and clean, your tie knotted properly, and your shoes well-maintained, that will take you far. That goes for your body as well. If you have unacceptably yellowed teeth, dirty fingernails, ridiculously calloused or chapped hands, or messy hair, you present yourself as someone who can't even get the fundamentals of hygiene right. No one wants to hire someone like that.

Jun 26, 2013
APAE:

That first suit is fine. Really. It's not flashy or unprofessional, it's a tasteful blue wool suit.

ParkAve:

This.

reigndrop:

Morale of the story, nobody cares what you wear unless you look like Gekko

Well, sort of.. Black suits are ok, charcoal and navy seem to be the preference. When I am interviewing someone, I look more for coordination of what they are wearing, is the tie tied properly, are the shoes shined, is the shirt wrinkled, etc. - more subtle stuff than strictly color of the suit.

This is the key. Regardless of whether you're wearing a $200 fused suit-separates item from H&M or a $2,000 bespoke garment from Franco Ercole, a bespoke Turnbull & Asser shirt or the weekend's special at Zara, a bottom-of-the-barrel tie from J.C. Penney or an iconic Hermes ... what matters is how you take care of it. If your suit is properly pressed, your shirt crisp and clean, your tie knotted properly, and your shoes well-maintained, that will take you far. That goes for your body as well. If you have unacceptably yellowed teeth, dirty fingernails, ridiculously calloused or chapped hands, or messy hair, you present yourself as someone who can't even get the fundamentals of hygiene right. No one wants to hire someone like that.

It's amazing how many interns I have interviewed that come in with a wrinkled shirt and a tie knotted like it's their first time. There are video's on youtube to teach you to tie a proper knot...practice at home, not 5 minutes before your interview. Nobody is expecting you to come into an interview having already made it big. But present yourself like you care, and like you understand the basics of mens fashion and it will go a long way.

Jun 26, 2013

If it fits you correctly, there is no problem with the price. Nobody at your interview is going to ask you what brand it is or feel the material. I have 2 suits from Macys (CK - usually $250-350) and they have held up well over the past couple of years. Navy blue suits are popular for interviews - don't worry about the stripes if they are indeed subtle.

If you get the job, and want another suit, you can buy something of higher quality that will last longer - Brooks Brothers has good sales going on right now and has good quality suits. Do a search here for suits and theres plenty of recommendations for brands.

Jun 26, 2013

Your suit is fine, I've had this conversation with some analysts that interviewed me personally over the summer and they said as long as you are presentable and not making major faux pas (wearing a green suit, not wearing a tie, not dressing in a suit at all) you should be fine. I never really understood where this idea that you should spend half you discretionary income on a suit. Your an analyst for god's sake. You have like student loans and rent to pay. Who needs a 600 dollar suit when a 300 one will do just fine. Heck you can buy 2 300 dollar suits and rotate your wardrobe if you want.

Jun 26, 2013

CK is slightly more expensive but much nicer than alfani

Jun 26, 2013

return the suit, spend a few more bucks and buy a suit that you'll want to hold onto for a few years. wait for the after-holiday sales and go back to macys and you'll probably be able to get a more decent suit for not too much more than what you've already spent. also, from what i've seen, if you're worried about money theres no point in buying 100 dollar dress shoes. they won't look any different than 30 or 40 dollar dress shoes you can get at marshalls or somewhere of the like.

i do think its ridiculous to spend money you don't have yet on an interview suit before your first job, but you gotta be resourceful with the money that you are going to spend.

best of luck in your interviews

Jun 26, 2013

screw macys dude. return the suit, scrummage up 500 bucks total and go to Nordstrom Rack or Filene's Basement. with 500 bones at Nordstrom Rack u can get a real nice suit that retails for over 1000. get like a Hickey Freeman or even Joseph Abboud would be better than Alfani. and the pinstripes might be okay but try to shoot for a solid navy suit

as for shoes I would suggest checking ebay for some Allen Edmonds or Johnston and Murphy. for 100-150 you can one of these brands which are much better quality and will last longer.

dont listen to the guy who said to spend 30 to 40 on shoes. thats absurd, i wouldnt spend that little on flip flops. your Bostonian's might be fine to keep, but normally you can spot a cheap quality shoe. a good dress shoe is the second most important thing after suit. make sure it is a black shoe, and for gods sake nothing square toed. captoe would be best, and id advise against a blucher, get a balmoral instead its more formal. (if you dont know the difference, google it)

check out www.styleforum.net for more advice, and browse through the "For Sale" section for some great deals. i spent so much time/money on that forum this summer, but i saved thousands by keeping an eye out for good deals

thats all i got. im not in the industry so i usually dont give much advice in other forum topics, but i can confidently answer most questions on fashion. and no, im not gay.

Jun 26, 2013

"dont listen to the guy who said to spend 30 to 40 on shoes. thats absurd, i wouldnt spend that little on flip flops."

i guess the alias perfectly fits the personality.

Jun 26, 2013

I went to Macy's this weekend and got a $700 suit for $120+ $30 for tailoring, no joke.

Jun 26, 2013
peterg:

I went to Macy's this weekend and got a $700 suit for $120+ $30 for tailoring, no joke.

Went there last night and got two top-zip sweaters, two turtlenecks, another basic sweater, and a pair of jeans (all Polo brand) for 300 bucks. Everything was around 40% off. I was watching CNBC a few days ago they said almost every place in NYC had amazing sales; couldn't even get into Sachs because it was so busy. Retailers are definitely battling this recession.

To the OP... make sure you suit fits well, that is by far the most important thing. Wearing a white shirt and a conservative tie with it will look fine and certainly won't hurt you in the interview.

Jun 26, 2013

pedigreed monkey, the problem is that if that i went to nordstrom rack or filene's basement i won't realize it if i bought a suit that was either shitty or didn't fit me properly. i went macy's partially for the sales rep's help (as skewed as his incentives might be). also, i don't live in the city and would have to take a hike before i even got to one of these stores. i'm worried about two things. first, is the subtle pinstripe on 250 dollar interview suit going to make me look like Tony Soprano rather than an ibanker? second, if i spend a few more hundred dollars will this suit become reuseable once i hopefully start interning/working in finance? if they even hire anyone for a '10 class.

Jun 26, 2013

i agree with the other comments, if you look carefully, you can probably spend the same amount or a little more on something much much nicer. i.e. nordstrom rack, filene's, and outlet malls-such as brooks brothers outlet probably have decent selections. the problem with not-so-high-end department stores like macys is that you end up paying full price for low quality stuff- the same amount of money you can spend on something much nicer if you find a good sale.

if you are worried about the stripes AND not 100% happy with the price, i'd return it and find something you're more comfortable with. interviews haven't started yet, you have some time. macy's return policy probably lets you hold on to it for a while, so take your time to find something better and return your current suit once you do. that way you always have something in case you need.

for my interview last spring, i bought a full-priced suit at nordstrom, and when to the outlets when i got a chance. I ended up buying the same suit in a color i'm more comfortable with, and at about 50% of the price.

after holiday sale is a good idea, but a bunch of sales are going on right now. look around if you have the time.

Jun 26, 2013

my main interview suit is a slim fit from H&M, was $250 plus $45 for amazing tailoring, and fits amazing

quality is obviously not of the $1000+ range, but its pretty damn good, and for such a good fit you can't go wrong

Jun 26, 2013

don't sweat the price or people caring about the quality... i'd be worried about the pin stripes in general.

but it shouldn't be a big deal.

Jun 26, 2013

Maybe if you're interviewing for an analyst job at that place in Devil Wears Prada you should worry about your shoes looking cheap...but if I was ever in a meeting where ppl were discussing how the interviews went, and someone says, "He was great, but OH MY GOSH (gay hand flick) did anyone see his SHOOOEESS???" I would get up and smack him.

You're not in the industry?? No way...

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Jun 26, 2013
Emperor_Tamarin:

pedigreed monkey, the problem is that if that i went to nordstrom rack or filene's basement i won't realize it if i bought a suit that was either shitty or didn't fit me properly. i went macy's partially for the sales rep's help (as skewed as his incentives might be). also, i don't live in the city and would have to take a hike before i even got to one of these stores. i'm worried about two things. first, is the subtle pinstripe on 250 dollar interview suit going to make me look like Tony Soprano rather than an ibanker? second, if i spend a few more hundred dollars will this suit become reuseable once i hopefully start interning/working in finance? if they even hire anyone for a '10 class.

i dont think the pinstripe is a problem at all, as long as it truly is as subtle as you say. and you are right about sales reps, not just at macys but even at a nicer place like nordstrom, the sales people suck. salesmen in general, whether in retail or in finance, are just smooth-talking hustlers trying to make their cut. dont trust them for anything.

yes, if you spend about $400-500 total at a discount store (or online if Nordstrom Rack is too far) it will certainly be reusable for many years down the line. thats the whole point of buying a suit and spending a fair amount on it, so that it wont fall apart in a year and you can get your moneys worth. if you need more help picking out a suit online or questions about tailoring or something, feel free to PM me.

PnL:

Maybe if you're interviewing for an analyst job at that place in Devil Wears Prada you should worry about your shoes looking cheap...but if I was ever in a meeting where ppl were discussing how the interviews went, and someone says, "He was great, but OH MY GOSH (gay hand flick) did anyone see his SHOOOEESS???" I would get up and smack him.

You're not in the industry?? No way...

hahaha hilarious. im currently a junior but one of my internships was at a BB PWM and people there definitely seem to notice everything about your outfit. ive seen one analyst call another out for wearing a white shirt that had a subtle embroidered (?) design on it, "you going to a club or something man?" and everyone started cracking up. i never got called out for my crappy square-toed shoes i used to wear to the office, but one guy did give me shit for not having my shoes shined.

so no, i doubt anyone is going to do a gay hand flick, but you most likely will get made fun of if you wear something stupid.

Jun 26, 2013

I would pay less attention to brands and labels and focus on the fit/quality. Your $250 suit might be better than that Hickey Freeman or Joseph Abboud suit that someone recommended. If you're skinny it would be more important to get a suit that fits you well (no pleated pants etc) than going for some brand name suit that was made for a different body type. And also, beware of sales people - I've seen them give some terrible advice to gullible customers just to sell that shirt or suit.

Also, regarding shoes - if you already paid $100+ you might as well get Allen Edmonds or similar on sale/outlet. Either way, I would avoid big thick rubber soles and go for leather.

And yea don't stress too much since this is for internship, everyone assumes you're coming in in your first suit... just don't look like a slob.

Jun 26, 2013

I have a penchant for Valentino suits and Oliver Peoples glasses.

Jun 26, 2013

How are ya, Halberstram?

Jun 26, 2013

Might I make a suggestion here... there's a ton of stuff on the forums about suits, clothing and the like. Everyone's made comments about what to go for, where to buy, etc.

While I'm not partial to 3 button suits, as long as the suit fits well, you are golden. That's the thing everyone forgets about suits, 500 bones for a nice suit that doesn't fit right is still a 500 dollar suit that needs tailoring. Droping 250 on a suit that fits perfectly can't be beaten.

Ultimately, remember the role your interviewing for. It's an analyst gig, not a VP position within PE. Be presentable (shoes shined nicely, wearing only 3 pieces of bling [Belt, Wedding Ring {if you are married} and Watch], Suit has a nice steam pressed look to it [and no, don't send it to the cleaners for a full cleaning, they will destroy a suit w/ the chemicals used to clean them... 2x-3x a year is perfect for most suits to be cleaned], and the entire ensemble is pulled together with an appropriate tie that maintains an appropriate look {Nothing is wrong with conservatism in an interview}) and you'll be fine from the presentation standpoint.

Also, Re: Macy's return policy, I believe it's 30 days w/ the reciept.

Jun 26, 2013

No one is going to care about the brand of your suit as long as it fits properly. A $100 Macy's suit that fits well will look better than a $3000 Canali suit that fits poorly.

For Navy, go solid & no pinstripes.

Jun 26, 2013

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Best Suits Out there

Jun 26, 2013

Alright, so the brands don't matter but cost-wise, does $400 a suit sound reasonable or far fetched (considering I can get a $100 suit from macy and look just as good)? As I am only interviewing, cheaper is definitely better for me.

And a pinstripped navy blue suit is a definite no? I couldn't get a common consensus after browsing through the forum

Jun 26, 2013

Remember sir, "It's not the suit, but the man who wears it"

Jun 26, 2013

Yes I am well aware. And which is why I figure, after 1 year of prepping for interviews, it's about time I spend a minimal of a few days to dress myself properly! Just want to make sure nothing I wear is a fashion faux pas.

Jun 26, 2013

other thoughts would be appreciated

Jun 26, 2013

Alton Lane.

Jun 26, 2013

I have already read through all those posts before I made this thread. Let me simplify this then. Is is a fashion faux pas if my navy blue jacket has pinstripes?

Jun 26, 2013
Highly Leveraged:

I have already read through all those posts before I made this thread. Let me simplify this then. Is is a fashion faux pas if my navy blue jacket has pinstripes?

No, that is fine.

As far as overall cost. If you are on a budget, buy the nicest suit you can that will allow you to get everything fitted properly...so figure out what it would cost to get it tailored and subtract that from your budget and look in that range. If you find something of great quality for a little more than you planned on spending, maybe think about spending the extra dough. If you don't find anything special, get the cheaper one...as long as it doesn't look weird/bad.

Also, don't spend more money than you feel you will get value from the suit. If you buy a suit from Wal-Mart, then you will probably have to replace it in a relatively short amount of time...but it would likely get you through interviewing. If you spend a little more, then it will likely last a bit longer. Good luck.

Regards

Jun 26, 2013

No, it's not. Just keep the pinstripes, whether the jacket is charcoal or navy, subtle and closely spaced. Don't be a douche like these guys:

http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB1233805...
They demonstrate the douchiest way possible to rock pinstripes.

Jun 26, 2013

Tallia is a mill that we source from for our lower end blazers (our higher end blazers we source the fabric from Zegna)... How much are you paying for the OTR Tallia? -Richard

www.ProperSuit.com
1-855-PROPERMEN
NY/DC/SF/PDX

Jun 26, 2013

stripes seem to be out of style. I'd go a solid grey or blue.

Jun 26, 2013

No, I would advise you not go with a pinstripe suit, especially that one where it is too noticeable. Best pinstripe suits are the ones where the pinstripes are less prominent.

I would go with a charcoal suit or stick to the classic navy blue, never fails.

You really don't need to spend more than $150-$200 for a solid suit that isn't made out of cheap polyester, especially starting out.

Jun 26, 2013

Can't go wrong with a Victor Niederhoffer type suit: http://clubs.wharton.upenn.edu/wufc/graphics/image...

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Jun 26, 2013

Bought my self a nice darker gray calvin klein discounted from 650 to 350 - looks great. Maybe you can still find some deals out there, the last 2 weeks were great for finding some great deals.

Jun 26, 2013

To be honest, it doesn't really matter but if you can get a blue or grey suit without noticeable pinstripes, that would be better. Its best to go conservative for a conservative industry. Only white shirts for interviews and conservative tie.

Jun 26, 2013

Its a cool one bro.

Jun 26, 2013

totally fine

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Jun 26, 2013
Nabooru:

totally fine

Thanks for your input!

Jun 26, 2013

I assume you mean the green label Lauren by Ralph Lauren suits. Those are a licensed brand and are not really designed by the Ralph Lauren Corporation. Still they work just fine for interviews.
Incidentally the past few weeks have been great times to buy clothing at huge discounts. The fall collections are coming in September which means that all the stores are doing clearance sales to make room for the new inventories. You would be shocked at some of the deals going around right now, including at the just concluded Barney Warehouse sale.

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Jun 26, 2013
brandon st randy:

I assume you mean the green label Lauren by Ralph Lauren suits. Those are a licensed brand and are not really designed by the Ralph Lauren Corporation. Still they work just fine for interviews.
Incidentally the past few weeks have been great times to buy clothing at huge discounts. The fall collections are coming in September which means that all the stores are doing clearance sales to make room for the new inventories. You would be shocked at some of the deals going around right now, including at the just concluded Barney Warehouse sale.

Im not super fashionable so thanks for the information. If they work at interviews thats all I need!

I appreciate the help!

Jun 26, 2013

It really doesn't matter. Interviewers don't expect a college student to have a perfectly tailored suit. They could honestly give a shit what brand your wearing or what color your suit it. That is fine. People also say don't wear a black suit, but it doesn't matter. You should be more concerned about how you present yourself in ways other than your clothing, ie personal skills, intellect and confidence.

Jun 26, 2013

They won't care about your suit as much. The questions you ask and the conversations you can hold are what counts. So don't worry about the suit pattern as much. Don't wear black and wear a conservative tie. From all the sessions I attended there were too many people for the bankers to care about what students wear.

Jun 26, 2013

That suit is perfectly fine, just wear a white or light blue shirt and you'll be good to go.

Wouldn't wear a pocket square or cufflinks or all that stuff though, that would likely hurt you more than help you its like the analyst who walked in on day one of work with a Breitling, $100 tie and gucci shoes... Won't get going anywhere soon.

You're perfectly fine my man, get to prep.

Jun 26, 2013

I think you can get away with this. However, you don't want to look like a hipster, which is a slight risk with this suit, so make sure you don't wear a narrow tie.

In the future, here is a short, non-exclusive list of suit brands I have seen summer analysts and full time analysts wear and look perfectly normal in:

-Stafford (100% wool) (JCP)
-Jeffrey Banks (JCP)
-Albert Nipon (Boston Store/Carson Pirie Scott)
-Tasso Elba (Macy's)
-Alfani (Macy's)
-Calvin Klein (Macy's)
-Ralph Lauren (Macy's)
-Micheal Kors (Macy's)
-Donna Karan (Macy's)
-Jos. A Bank
-Pronto Uomo (higher end) (Mens' Wearhouse)
-Jos. Abboud (higher end) (Mens' Wearhouse)
-Charles Tyrwhitt (higher end) (Ctshirts.com)

Jun 26, 2013

it's fine. Kids overthink this stuff too much. I take a dimmer view of kids who show up looking like they borrowed their overwight dad's suit than the kids who show up like its Paris fashion week.

Jun 26, 2013

The pattern looks a little bit too much for me, but it is fine. That looks like it's only the blazer though. Make sure your pants match it.

I would recommend just buying a solid navy suit. Also, don't overthink this stuff. You want to highlight yourself, not your suit.

Jun 26, 2013

Don't be worried so much about how you dress. Look professional and sound sharp and you'll be fine. Your friends are just telling you this to create drama.

Patterns like this usually appear to be solid from a natural conversational distance anyways.

But, as WhiteLightning suggests, the link is just for the blazer - make sure you have the pants that match exactly.

Jun 26, 2013

this is 100% fine. don't worry. and if you look as good as you think you do in it, all anyone will notice,if anything, is that you know how to pick a suit that fits you which is more than can be said for most people attending information sessions in poorly fitted black suits. but even those kids get interviews and jobs. so don't worry any which way.

Jun 26, 2013

wear a suit, doesnt even have to fit well. whatever, noone pays attention to that shit as long as youre not wearing something that blatantly does not fit you or is outlandishly inappropriate.

Jun 26, 2013

Charcoal, white shirt, no cuff links. Been to some events and some suits I have seen look terrible and the bad suit always seems to match a bad attitude

Jun 26, 2013

How can I get nominated to be WSO's resident fashion advisor? I have experience to back this up.

OP, suit looks fine. To the interviewer/s, it'll look like a solid charcoal suit. Just make sure it fits. So many kids think the 90s suit fit works, but it doesn't.

Jun 26, 2013

Better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Jun 26, 2013
hihidaruma:

Hi WSO,

Quick question. I have a few finance interviews in New York coming up, and I'm wondering if it would be best to go with the complete Navy Suit or wear a Navy blazer and khaki pants to the interview. The positions I am interviewing for are in commercial banking, equity research, and the strategy group at a F500 company. I'm leaning toward the Navy Suit, but I always feel a bit out of place when the interviewer comes in dressed in business casual. What do you guys recommend?

Wear the suit, no question.

Jun 26, 2013

Goldman Sachs IBD is business casual... That doesn't mean you should walk in there with fucking khakis.

Jun 26, 2013

Suit. Never underdress for an interview no matter what the person on the other side of the table is wearing. This holds true in finance more than anywhere else.

Jun 26, 2013

if you're interviewing for a position as a big game keeper in the serengeti, wear the khakis. otherwise, go with the suit.

Jun 26, 2013

Suit (but it better be adjusted).

Jun 26, 2013

NAVY BLUE SUIT!

For interviews, a good rule of thumb is to dress one level nicer than what they typically wear.

Jeans & T-Shirt -> Kakis and Polo
Business Casual -> Basic Suit
Basic Suits -> Nice Suit w/ Starched Shirt
Etc.

Jun 26, 2013

I am not a female but I would not wear a tie. Just wear a nice dress shirt. You should be fine.

Jun 26, 2013

Agreed. Not a female, but I've never seen a female wearing a tie. Sounds like your outfit will be just fine with the dress shirt

Jun 26, 2013

If you were in the situation -- looked around and saw everyone in business formal with suits (and tie, I'm assuming), would you do shirt and tie to be more formal/professional so you don't stand out as blatantly casual among other candidates?

Or, is it just - if you're going with just the shirt, drop the tie. It would look unprofessional.

T

Jun 26, 2013

As a woman, I am telling you definitively -- do NOT wear a tie. I have never, ever seen a woman in a professional setting wearing a tie. It's just not done. A tie would draw far more (negative) attention than a missing suit jacket. A nice collared shirt with pants or a skirt should be fine though.

Jun 26, 2013

Thank you for your input.

T

Jun 26, 2013

You could get away with it but if you have the option I'd personally still go with more traditional navy or charcoal, esp. If it really is quite shiny

Jun 26, 2013

Talk to the associates at whatever store you're buying from. They know exactly what is suitable for every situation. Just tell them that it is for an interview in the finance industry and they will direct you towards something more subtle and classy, not shiny and loud. Just speaking from my own experience.

Jun 26, 2013

lol there's a new thread like this 2-3 times a week

Jun 26, 2013

It fits. But it's horrible. Go with navy or charcoal.

Jun 26, 2013

It looks a little long

Jun 26, 2013

not a great pic, but when in doubt, don't buy it.

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Jun 26, 2013

Thanks everyone I think I'm going with a more traditional navy but might buy this style anyway for other purposes

Jun 26, 2013

Where is it from?

Jun 26, 2013

A really good suit color for interviews would be the classics - you have the navy and charcoal grey. I bought mine from napoli tailors from hk but they do travel worldwide.

Jun 26, 2013

I dont get why people dont just play safe. Navy blue or plain grey and you can never go wrong.

Jun 26, 2013

Holy shit you are actually serious

Jun 26, 2013

Nevermind boss, got the answer from this thread. And hey, the responses were pretty civil - so go fuck yourself :)

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ticket-pocke...

Jun 26, 2013

yeah.... and so?

Jun 26, 2013

you do mean condom pocket...right?

Jun 26, 2013
thebrofessor:

you do mean condom pocket...right?

So that's what they're callin it nowadays....

Jun 26, 2013

nobody cares about your pocket dude...Go work on your DCF instead of worrying about your suit

Jun 26, 2013

Some things some people should work out for themselves. This is one of them.

Jun 26, 2013

Do people in London not appreciate ticket pockets? I'm trying to understand the significance of the location.

Jun 26, 2013

I work in IBD in London and can tell you that no one gives a shit about your suit pocket

Jun 26, 2013

FUCK YOUR POCKET

mbavsmfin:

I don't wear watches bro. Because it's always MBA BALLER time!

Jun 26, 2013

No, it's an acceptable color. The appropriate business suit colors for any industry are: navy blue, black, dark grey /charcoal, light grey and maybe a more bright blue like the one in the picture. Just make sure you combine it with the right shirt and tie, no black or bright color shirts, and the tie can't be of a lighter color than the shirt.

Jun 26, 2013

don't wear black

Jun 26, 2013

That suit is more blue than I would have liked it, but it is acceptable. Generally, navy blue is the go to color.

Something like a black suit with a black shirt and a black pant is a little over the top. LOL

Jun 26, 2013

Safer to always stick to navy imo

Jun 26, 2013

It's a passable suit but make sure you have the basic charcoal and navy first. At least you're not an idiot wearing windowpanes.. haha

Mr.Mathie | Ideas are nothing without execution - Jeux de Commerce Central

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Jun 26, 2013

Be safe and go with a light tan

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Jun 26, 2013

Personally I think it's too blue for formal occasions which is what you need a suit for in finance. As an analyst you do not want to stick out in a big meeting.

Jun 26, 2013

Best way to find the best suits is too just buy anything they wear on the show suits. They know how to dress

Jun 26, 2013

If you already have this suit then it's ok, although I'd rather go for a little bit darker one or light grey (BTW why are charcoal suits so popular in the USA?).

Jun 26, 2013

Thank you very much guys! Didn't buy it in the end, went for a classic navy colour to stay safe as it's my first suit ;)

Jun 26, 2013

Navy blue for Goldman Sachs
Red for BAML
Navy blue for DB
Brown for JPM
Pink for CS because they are all a bunch of tools
Yellow for MS because they are also tools
Orange for Wells Fargo because they are bigger tools!

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Jun 26, 2013

Now someone that's dumber than a rock wouldn't take that post for real, don't shit on me.

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Jun 26, 2013

bump

Jun 26, 2013

bump - hoping to hear opinions!

Jun 26, 2013

I like it. Minimal and modern and not flashy. I think it's got a great cut to it already without tailoring, and navy is a colour that goes well across seasons. You can rarely go wrong with Brioni, especially at that price! I would say it's appropriate for your intended wear. I hope this helps.

Jun 26, 2013

Looks good to me. I'm going to guess you're in London (whilst) and I've always seen more people in general wear pin stripes there so I doubt anyone will give it even a second thought.

Jun 26, 2013

I'm in Australia haha! Thanks for your opinion. I actually don't think there's too many pinstripes here in Sydney, saw a few whilst in NYC.

Btw, hope you get best poster man! #teamdingdong

Jun 26, 2013

It looks good! And navy is a great neutral.

Jun 26, 2013

Do you look good in it? If yes, the rest doesn't matter.

Jun 26, 2013

The suit is online, so I don't know how it looks in person

Jun 26, 2013

Great looking suit, I say go for it.

Only piece of advice I'd have is to not mention its a Brioni - I consider that brand more of an MD level brand than intern/analyst.

Jun 26, 2013

dress conservative, nothing loud, white or light blue shirt

Jun 26, 2013

dress nicely, be clean, dont wear something flashy such as a pink shirt

Jun 26, 2013

I have a question...for female candidates, can we wear pant suits for summer analyst interviews?..I hear the norm amongst female bankers is to wear skirt suits...does it matter for summer intern interviews at the undergrad level?

I only own pant suits and don't think I am financially buoyant enough at the moment to invest in a skirt suit...what do you guys think?

Jun 26, 2013

Every girl I saw during my superdays had a pantsuit.

Jun 26, 2013

do you know if any of them got offers...?

(sorry I'm not obsessive compulsive, I just don't want to take a chance; the process is too competitive to overlook any details...)

Jun 26, 2013

Hahah, I am sure they did. Don't worry about it - as long as you look professional, no one will pick apart your clothing (excuse the expression) during the interviews.

Jun 26, 2013

lol. "pick apart your clothing..."

alright then, I'll take your word for it...thanks!

Jun 26, 2013

I always wore a skirtsuit (navy pinstripe; cream shell, pearl earrings, yuck), but a bunch of girls wore pantsuits and got offers.

Jun 26, 2013
Mis Ind:

I always wore a skirtsuit (navy pinstripe; cream shell, pearl earrings, yuck).

why yuck? seems entirely appropriate.

Jun 26, 2013

alright then... pant suit here I come!

Jun 26, 2013

Don't wear a black suit, they are not appropriate for business.

Jun 26, 2013

when are they appropriate?

Jun 26, 2013

funerals

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