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27 Apr 2012, 13:26
MayaN wrote:
What is the best dress to be worn in a b school?

I'm not a woman, so sorry to be the "party crasher" here, but despite the "formal" dress you see in class, your dress is casual in class. Wear whatever you want that's comfortable. In an on campus interview, etc., wear business formal like a pant suit, etc.

The one piece of advice I'd give to women is please don't wear ridiculously high heel shoes above three inches. These shoes often have very crumpled toe boxes, and will cause blisters, which turn into hammertoes and bunions. One of my cousin's wives is a podiatrist and gave these facts. It scared the heck out of my sister wearing heels more than two inches and before she loved heels!
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23 Jul 2012, 22:54
1. Aim for a traditional and moderate look when choosing your informal company use for the day. Choose outfits that's relaxed yet conveys an established mind-set. Simple, quality components (belts, jewellery and scarves)coordinated with an clothing can display that you pay interest to important information.
2. Incorporate some of your current company clothing collection with informal attire; for example, try dressed in a button-downshift with khakis and loafers. Ask yourself, "Am I efficiently comprising myself and employer?”
3. Clothing should be fresh, pushed or anti aging free, and without gaps or frazzled places. Tops need to be nestled in(certain females shirts are made to be used out, however, and this is permitted).
4. Body striking which can be seen by the consumer (with the exemption of earrings) is not allowed. Dialect rings should not be noticeable.
5. Hair style should venture an established appearance: fresh, nicely cut, and well-groomed.
6. Pay interest to the fit of your outfits. Pants should crack just above the shoes, flashlight sleeves should arrive at the base of your hand and just display a bit of the cuff if you are dressed in a coat, and clothing collars for dogs should option comfortably without grabbing or making breaks. Also, if you use a tie, its tip should arrive at below underneath of your belt-buckle.
8. Footwear issue. Footwear should be refined and set is usually recommended.
9. Take your daily routine into consideration when you are wearing. Do not create presumptions. Keep a extra coat,in the office for surprising events.
10. When in question, keep it out. Casual outfits should create you and everyone you work with more comfortable while, at the same time, predicting an established picture.

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07 Aug 2012, 09:49
Wow.. really, now I'm starting to wonder too. Good luck to u.
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08 Aug 2012, 01:13
Business attire is different from public outfit and tends to be more official. Identifying just how official can be as slick as silk. What's one individual’s floor is another individual’s roof. But one thing is certain: the factors that cover Business attire are smaller than they are for public outfit. For example, public outfit can be more effective or fancy or make more of a declaration, while business outfit should be updated to the needs of the company situation.

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22 Aug 2012, 22:16
Working from home allows women to attend conference calls in sweats and send emails at 2 a.m. in pajamas. But at some point you will have meetings with clients, investors, donors, or other business professionals.

Competing in small business requires many skills, but knowing how to dress for a business situation can help you seal the deal in face-to-face meetings. In certain industries, how you dress is critical.
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25 Aug 2012, 19:15
Every few years, when my wardrobe starts looking frayed or my shoes seem a little down-at-the-heels, I schedule a day to go shopping. I find a fit / size / style that is comfortable, and buy one in each color. I try to pick up between two and four pantsuits (usu. DKNY, although Banana Republic also has some nice stuff) and about ten shirts, usually Banana Republic. When I find a comfortable pair of shoes, I buy them out of black and brown in my size. When you've only got 6 - 8 hours at home each day before you have to suit up and ship out, it helps not to have to think in the morning.
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14 Nov 2012, 22:44
Thank you for the information
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10 Jan 2013, 03:36
great!
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27 Jan 2013, 01:11
Not to be absurdly contrary, but in my experience (as a corporate attorney in NYC, primarily representing banks), it's perfectly fine and in fact 100% normal and expected for women to wear black suits (thought NOT MEN, ew!), heels over 3" (preferably of the red-soled variety, but whatevs), patent leather (in fact, my fave Cole Haan Nike Air pumps are black patent), and logo bags (the LV Neverfull, which I somewhat reluctantly admit to also owning, is a particular fave and, tbh, quite practical)...
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23 Feb 2013, 02:20
Business attire for women hasn't changed much as a formal shirt with trousers is the basic dress while additional things that may be seen in many companies is a tie or a blazer or even both making it perfectly professional.
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26 Feb 2013, 13:49
It's interesting to read everyone's opinions and how strongly some people feel about them. I work in banking and have never seen a female wear a suit that wasn't black. Also, I wore patent leather FLATS to my interviews. Granted they were very nice, had some decoration, but I am super tall and have foot problems so had to go with them. Oh and my hair is below my shoulders and I wear it down to interviews, ha!

Anyways, would be curious about the following, especially if there are any current students who see this:

1) How many suits do you think is necessary for b school? I plan to recruit for brand management/marketing. What colors are recommended other than black? As mentioned, I haven't really seen women wear suits that aren't black so I'm curious what other popular colors are.

2) What is the attire for most company presentations? Is it suits, business casual? What do you usually wear to these functions?
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10 Apr 2013, 00:53
What are the absolute must haves before you move to start school in Chicago (or any other place with very cold winters?) I read somewhere in the thread about a dress coat. Any other suggestions? I'm moving from India so I'm really clueless
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10 Apr 2013, 08:25
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What are the absolute must haves before you move to start school in Chicago (or any other place with very cold winters?) I read somewhere in the thread about a dress coat. Any other suggestions? I'm moving from India so I'm really clueless

Definitely a warm dress coat — especially one that can fit a suit jacket underneath, if necessary. Get one that is mostly (if not 100%) wool...it'll be your warmest option.

However, in my limited time spent in Chicago, it seems to be normal/accepted for business women—and all women—to wear a long puffer coat (like a North Face down jacket), even with business formal attire.

They're good about keeping the sidewalks free of snow in Chicago, but you still might want a good pair (or two) of boots.
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11 Apr 2013, 06:21
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Prudence wrote:
What are the absolute must haves before you move to start school in Chicago (or any other place with very cold winters?) I read somewhere in the thread about a dress coat. Any other suggestions? I'm moving from India so I'm really clueless

Definitely a warm dress coat — especially one that can fit a suit jacket underneath, if necessary. Get one that is mostly (if not 100%) wool...it'll be your warmest option.

However, in my limited time spent in Chicago, it seems to be normal/accepted for business women—and all women—to wear a long puffer coat (like a North Face down jacket), even with business formal attire.

They're good about keeping the sidewalks free of snow in Chicago, but you still might want a good pair (or two) of boots.

Thanks pancaketown. I've got a rough idea of the other kinds of clothes needed for presentations and recruiting dinners. What I don't have down are the clothes for everyday class. I'm guessing casual, but many students seem to dress more conservatively or classy.
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08 May 2013, 21:00
Dakells... just wanted to agree that I haven't seen a girl wearing NON-black in corporate-law-recruiting... I mean, that said, I think you could do dark gray and get away with it. I once had a Banana suit that was dark gray with pinstripes and I think it worked fine; but yes, most girls do black. To answer your question, you could do black in different "shapes" + dark gray +/- pinstripes +/- full/pencil skirt?

I have long hair and I used to put my hair up all the time for interviews, but now I've given up and wear it down -- even in, like, fabulous bouncy curly styles... Hah! I kinda thing it's fabulous and perfect.

For our recruiting cocktail receptions in law school, people typically did nice dresses -- but NOT suits. I intend to do that in b-school too. I mean, come ON, one can only own so many suits!

Finally, the WSJ recently had a featured article on how flats are the "new" "power" shoes. I'm totally down! I'm medium height (5'6"), but I love flats and have been increasingly comfy with wearing them in recent years... I now think they sorta sent a powerful, confident signal! (See the WSJ article, Carla Bruni's love of flats, etc.)
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14 May 2013, 13:15
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Dakells... just wanted to agree that I haven't seen a girl wearing NON-black in corporate-law-recruiting... I mean, that said, I think you could do dark gray and get away with it. I once had a Banana suit that was dark gray with pinstripes and I think it worked fine; but yes, most girls do black. To answer your question, you could do black in different "shapes" + dark gray +/- pinstripes +/- full/pencil skirt?

I have long hair and I used to put my hair up all the time for interviews, but now I've given up and wear it down -- even in, like, fabulous bouncy curly styles... Hah! I kinda thing it's fabulous and perfect.

For our recruiting cocktail receptions in law school, people typically did nice dresses -- but NOT suits. I intend to do that in b-school too. I mean, come ON, one can only own so many suits!

Finally, the WSJ recently had a featured article on how flats are the "new" "power" shoes. I'm totally down! I'm medium height (5'6"), but I love flats and have been increasingly comfy with wearing them in recent years... I now think they sorta sent a powerful, confident signal! (See the WSJ article, Carla Bruni's love of flats, etc.)

Thanks overdressed! Glad to hear the bit about the flats! If you have fabulous hair, I say flaunt it, it might subconsciously help them remember you!

So for people reading in the future, I just bought a dark grey/charcoal suit and I think it looks awesome. I used to think pants were the way to go, but now I'm thinking the pencil skirt looks more polished. Though pants do negate the tights issue. I'll probably wear both. I was thinking the dress thing as well. I also bought this great blazer from Theory that doesn't have a collar or a button so it's sort of like an open blazer, think it will go great with a suitlike dress.
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30 Jun 2014, 20:37
I always wore dress and skirts in my interview. A simple one will do and wear color white or blue for top. It's good to look at.
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09 Jul 2014, 22:31
Nice post!
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19 Feb 2015, 06:11
Just wanted to add - I bought a theory suit about 4 years ago and it has been my go-to suit ever since so has gotten a good amount of wear. I've had to replace buttons and get a tear in the pant leg mended but the suit itself still fits great, was easily maintained, and the material looks as fresh as the day I bought it. Yes designer suits are more expensive but I have never had a suit that fit me so well and lasted so long. Worth it in my opinion. Once you consider how much you're investing in your career with bschool I think one or two very nice suits for formal business events are a must.

My theory suit could be on the side of sexy as it is very tailor and fitted. But it is professional, simple as in not 'busy' or adorned or patterned, and if I'm being honest I think looking sexy in a suit as long as it's not crass or distracting is a great asset (no pun intended). No cleavage, busy jewelry, short skirts, or heels over 3 inches and you are good to go.
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17 Apr 2015, 04:27
Long shirts have become the most adored and adopted fashion trend in this country where simplicity, elegance and style are considered to be the best characteristics of a good dress. Long shirts for women are now being produced by every designer outlet may it be of a popular and luxurious brand or of a local brand.

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