What to wear to "Casual" orientation meeting

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I have an orientation meeting for an Accounting Fraternity coming up. The event description says "dress casual," but I dont know what type of casual they mean.

For a bunch of college kids, they could take casual as shorts/jeans and a t-shirt. I understand that casual dress should mean a nice button down and slacks, but I dont want to go there and be overdressed if everyone is really taking the "dress casual" to the extreme, and of course I dont want to go in shorts and a t shirt if everyone else is going to be dressed in "real" casual attire.

Any ideas as to what to do, maybe something in between to play it safe?

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Aug 20, 2012

mmm... i think this literally means casual - tshirt, jeans, whatever.

Is this just a social event to get information on the fraternity?

Aug 20, 2012

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Aug 20, 2012
SirTradesaLot:

Hey Costanza, if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. Do the opposite.

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Aug 22, 2012
BTbanker:
SirTradesaLot:

Hey Costanza, if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. Do the opposite.

My name is George. I'm unemployed, and I live with my parents.

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Thanks for the responses so far. I'm also thinking it could possibly be actual casual in the way a college student would interpret it. Its just an informational kickoff meeting/social for an Accounting fraternity.

I was gonna go with a polo and jeans, but I could be way off on that.

Aug 20, 2012

You can dress in a casual button down (the type meant to be not tucked in) and wear some chinos. If it is casual just wear it out and roll up your sleeves and unbutton the first/second buttons of your button down. If it is business casual then button up and tuck in and throw on a tie.

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Aug 20, 2012

Go with polo and jeans. Believe me, no way in hell an informational meeting is business casual or dress.

Aug 22, 2012
Nobama88:

Go with polo and jeans. Believe me, no way in hell an informational meeting is business casual or dress.

I'm thinking thats what I'll do. You're right, considering that the description I read was meant for potential new members who probably have little to no knowledge on the varying levels of dress code, I think this "casual" actually does mean casual.

Aug 22, 2012

Full suit minus tie - khakis, really? You aren't going on a cruise.

Aug 22, 2012

Business casual

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are all good bets.

Aug 22, 2012
m56:

Business casual

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are all good bets.

I'd actually go Monday or Thursday, I think the sweater thing in Wednesday is a little casual (I would wear it to work in a business casual setting but I would be more conservative for an info / pre-interview session)

Aug 22, 2012

If you're considering khakis you might as well put your sneakers on while you walk to the train after work.

Aug 22, 2012

When I went to those informational / pre-interview sessions, almost everyone was in business attire, even though they said business casual. Suit plus tie.

Aug 22, 2012

Tuxedo, what are you, a farmer?

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Aug 22, 2012
Apple_iBank:

Tuxedo, what are you, a farmer?

I doubt that the information session will be after 6pm. +1 for a great line reference though.

Aug 22, 2012

Where do you go to school? If your in the south just throw on a tie and your good. You don't nees to wear suit pants but make sure your jacket is blue. This is common attire for lawyers in the south.

Aug 22, 2012

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Aug 22, 2012

Seriously? You wear a tux t-shirt with a mullet wig of course.

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Aug 22, 2012
df86:

Hello,

I've been invited to attend an event at a consulting firm's office (in Toronto). The dress code is 'casual' and I'm really not sure what that means in this case. I'm coming from an engineering background and to me casual is a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, but I'm guessing that would probably not be reasonable here. So what should I go with? Casual shirt and khakis? I assume shorts, jeans and polo shirts would probably all be a bad idea?

thanks.

Khakis and a button down would be appropriate.

Aug 22, 2012

Khakis and button down or polo.

Aug 22, 2012

jorts, wife beater, construction boots

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Aug 22, 2012

Maybe it is a NYC thing, for all corporate events, even if it were casual, most people (including me) still wear a suit. If the event were super "casual", I just take off the blazer and keep the tie on.

Aug 22, 2012

Lax pinny, turf dogs, and mid calves are my go to

Aug 22, 2012

First impression do matter. Differentiate yourself.

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Aug 22, 2012
stoudemire1:

First impression do matter. Differentiate yourself.

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Aug 22, 2012
stoudemire1:

First impression do matter. Differentiate yourself.

Good point. I'll wear my Batman suit.

Aug 22, 2012

Jeans and a polo/shirt would be entirely fine as far as I'm concerned.

Aug 22, 2012

I'm sure HR is fully aware of your engineering background, but khakis and a polo / button up is your safest bet. There is also no shame in sending HR a quick email to confirm your attire.

Aug 22, 2012

No matter how nice your jeans look, go with slacks and a shirt.

Aug 22, 2012

Good point - thanks Shake.

Aug 22, 2012

Not jeans, slacks and a shirt or maybe a nice sweater

Aug 22, 2012

Air on the side of caution and wear slacks and a jacket.

Aug 22, 2012

I would think they mean business casual when they say casual

Aug 22, 2012

Hi, this is an email I received regarding a similar event, where it was a dinner function. The guy told me that I could ask any question and I obliged, asking him what he meant by "casual":

"I would wear slacks/dress pants and either a polo shirt (not A&F, american eagle etc) or a dress shirt. No tie or jacket needed (though it might be cold so up to you there)."

Aug 22, 2012
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