Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 23 Jul 2014, 08:38

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Dress Guidelines

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
1 KUDOS received
SVP
SVP
User avatar
Joined: 01 Nov 2006
Posts: 1855
Schools: The Duke MBA, Class of 2009
Followers: 16

Kudos [?]: 178 [1] , given: 2

GMAT Tests User
Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 20:02
1
This post received
KUDOS
There have been a number of discussions around dress guidelines on the board, but I threw some together for some FYs I'm mentoring at school and thought I'd share them with you

AAu

Attachments

Some Dress Guidelines.doc [27.5 KiB]
Downloaded 1674 times

To download please login or register as a user

1 KUDOS received
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 14 Apr 2008
Posts: 453
Schools: F2010 - HBS (R1 - denied w/o interview ), INSEAD (R1 - admitted), Wharton (R1 - waitlisted & ding), Ivey (R2 - admitted w/ 60% tuition)
WE 1: 3.5yrs as a Strategy Consultant - Big 4
Followers: 11

Kudos [?]: 33 [1] , given: 16

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 06:51
1
This post received
KUDOS
Noodles wrote:
black is absolutely fine for a suit.

unless u are talking about a black shirt.......in which case that is a big no no no no.

I personally went for a navy blue suit, light blue shirt, maroon tie.


In general men should not wear black suits except for black tie affairs. For interviews - I would avoid cuff links and even pocket squares which constitute my daily routine.

Plain navy or charcoal suits are the most flexible in terms of choices for men.

The focus of the interview should be your competence not your flair for dressing or lack there of.

_________________

INSEAD Sept 2010 Interview Invite Nov 5, 2009 Admit & Matriculating
Wharton Sept 2010 Interview Invite Oct 30, 2009 Waitlisted & Ding
Harvard Sept 2010 Ding without Interview
Ivey May 2010 Interview Invite Nov 23, 2009 Admit + $$

1 KUDOS received
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 04 Nov 2008
Posts: 254
Schools: Booth 2012
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 71 [1] , given: 12

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 05:09
1
This post received
KUDOS
In terms of quality: as was mentioned, most important, by far, is fit. There's nothing more obvious and painful to look at than a really poor fitting suit. Keep in mind though that the tailor at saks is probably a lot better than the one at men's warehouse.

I would also caution against dressing too nicely. going too over the top is as bad as going too cheap. i don't think you want your interviewer to be too actively aware of what you're wearing.

I don't think black looks good professionally. It's not going to be a deal breaker of course, but if you're shopping for a suit now, just do yourself a favor and go charcoal. It's by far the most versatile and will work in any situation: Work, party, interview, funeral, with jeans, wedding, etc.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 24 Aug 2008
Posts: 278
Location: New York City
Schools: Ross, Darden, Yale SOM, Wharton, Kellogg (JD/MBA)
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 20:56
Looks good to me.

I actually had a situation where my Kellogg interviewer specifically told me not to wear a suit because he wanted to keep it casual. I wore a shirt, tie, slacks and a conservative sweater instead. Other than specific situations like those, I think that your recommendations are sound.

I'd also add no bow ties. I'm a huge fan of bow ties, but I think they should be kept for nights out at the opera and quirky cocktail parties.

_________________

"Sic volvere parcas..."

VP
VP
User avatar
Joined: 28 Feb 2008
Posts: 1323
Schools: Tuck
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 117 [0], given: 6

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 03:43
Quote:
Women:
The neckline of your shirt should be high enough to keep your interviewer focused on your face.


That made me laugh... :)

Make sure the neckline is high enough so that your interviewer's face looks like this :lol: , not like :shock: or :? or :P or :oops: or :wink: .

Right?

RF

_________________

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

SVP
SVP
User avatar
Joined: 01 Nov 2006
Posts: 1855
Schools: The Duke MBA, Class of 2009
Followers: 16

Kudos [?]: 178 [0], given: 2

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 06:12
yeah, it took me a while to come up with the mot juste when I was writing that.


refurb wrote:
Quote:
Women:
The neckline of your shirt should be high enough to keep your interviewer focused on your face.


That made me laugh... :)

Make sure the neckline is high enough so that your interviewer's face looks like this :lol: , not like :shock: or :? or :P or :oops: or :wink: .

Right?

RF
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 347
Location: Greater New York City area
Schools: Tuck, Ross (R1), Duke, Tepper, ISB (R2), Kenan Flagler (R2)
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 06:12
refurb wrote:
Quote:
Women:
The neckline of your shirt should be high enough to keep your interviewer focused on your face.


That made me laugh... :)

Make sure the neckline is high enough so that your interviewer's face looks like this :lol: , not like :shock: or :? or :P or :oops: or :wink: .

Right?

RF


That made me laugh too :-D
I would add a few more interviewers face:
:yes :cool :yikes :band :drunk :bouncer :kiss :hair :rotate
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2008
Posts: 455
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 64 [0], given: 5

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2010, 19:21
bump!

I read somewhere that navy pinstripe or dark gray suits are the most recommended for men. Also, black is a big no-no...

:?: for gurus:

Why is black no good? :?
Any other colors that works for the interviews? :)
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 19 Oct 2009
Posts: 48
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 1

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 04:04
black is absolutely fine for a suit.

unless u are talking about a black shirt.......in which case that is a big no no no no.

I personally went for a navy blue suit, light blue shirt, maroon tie.

_________________

MIT, Booth, HBS, Stanford

2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475-40.html#p640997

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 Jan 2010
Posts: 2
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 07:17
Does anyone have advice on the quality of suit to buy? Personally, I can't tell the difference between a $2000 Armani suit and a "but 1, get 2 free" suit from Jos-A-Bank, but if it makes a difference in recruiting I'd be willing to splurge.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 19 Sep 2009
Posts: 45
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 2

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 08:01
I wore a conservative black suit for my interviews :? , I've always felt black is very appropriate for interviews.
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 19 Oct 2009
Posts: 48
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 1

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 08:05
ksjhawk wrote:
I wore a conservative black suit for my interviews :? , I've always felt black is very appropriate for interviews.


black is appropriate for interviews, dont worry.

in fact most things are appropriate unless u dress like a clown.

The focus should be on your delivery, your message and your competencies for your interview as sm332 said.

_________________

MIT, Booth, HBS, Stanford

2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475-40.html#p640997

Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 01 Nov 2009
Posts: 197
Location: Finland
Schools: Cambridge/Judge '11
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 0

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 08:17
In my opinion, black is for tax attorneys and funeral guests. :lol: Do wear at least a dark shade of gray.

I also don't think the price-tag of the suit matters. What matters is how it fits you. Shoulder seams on right places, arm length short enough to let the shirt glimpse but long enough not to look silly. No tight creases around the waist, a tight fit against the back of your neck. Pants have to be long enough to look good when you sit but short enough not to trail on the floor when you walk.

Better quality suits often also come with nice little details: trim seams, pretty lapel seams, stylish buttons etc. And pleas remember to remove the thread holding the jacket back hem slit together!
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 02 Dec 2008
Posts: 66
Schools: UCLA, Ross, Berkeley
WE 1: Information Technology
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 3

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 04:38
ksjhawk wrote:
I wore a conservative black suit for my interviews :? , I've always felt black is very appropriate for interviews.


Black suits are normally reserved for non-professional scenarios but there's nothing wrong in a black suit. I would just say ensure you dress accordingly. If the interview is taking place in a casual environment like a cafe, don't land up in a black suit.

Also I find toning down the black suit with a somber (gray) tie helps bring down the "flash" quotient.

_________________

Do or Do Not.. There is no try
-- Master Yoda

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2008
Posts: 455
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 64 [0], given: 5

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 09:18
For men, What's the deal with stripes? Do you want pinstripes, no-stripes, solid color? :?
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 04 Nov 2008
Posts: 254
Schools: Booth 2012
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 71 [0], given: 12

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 10:15
Jivana wrote:
For men, What's the deal with stripes? Do you want pinstripes, no-stripes, solid color? :?

i think you need to be really careful on the pinstripes... could fall under the category of trying too hard.. if it's subtle, fine.. but i'd stay away from high-contrast pinstripes.
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 14 Apr 2008
Posts: 453
Schools: F2010 - HBS (R1 - denied w/o interview ), INSEAD (R1 - admitted), Wharton (R1 - waitlisted & ding), Ivey (R2 - admitted w/ 60% tuition)
WE 1: 3.5yrs as a Strategy Consultant - Big 4
Followers: 11

Kudos [?]: 33 [0], given: 16

GMAT Tests User
Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 10:35
egy wrote:
In terms of quality: as was mentioned, most important, by far, is fit. There's nothing more obvious and painful to look at than a really poor fitting suit. Keep in mind though that the tailor at saks is probably a lot better than the one at men's warehouse.

I would also caution against dressing too nicely. going too over the top is as bad as going too cheap. i don't think you want your interviewer to be too actively aware of what you're wearing.

I don't think black looks good professionally. It's not going to be a deal breaker of course, but if you're shopping for a suit now, just do yourself a favor and go charcoal. It's by far the most versatile and will work in any situation: Work, party, interview, funeral, with jeans, wedding, etc.


well put ...

_________________

INSEAD Sept 2010 Interview Invite Nov 5, 2009 Admit & Matriculating
Wharton Sept 2010 Interview Invite Oct 30, 2009 Waitlisted & Ding
Harvard Sept 2010 Ding without Interview
Ivey May 2010 Interview Invite Nov 23, 2009 Admit + $$

Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 01 Nov 2009
Posts: 197
Location: Finland
Schools: Cambridge/Judge '11
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 0

Re: Dress Guidelines [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 13:47
Jivana wrote:
For men, What's the deal with stripes? Do you want pinstripes, no-stripes, solid color? :?

I agree, subtle pinstripes work better than bold ones. Pinstripes give an image of edge and confidence, and when worn right a pinstripe suit looks very dashing indeed. :) However, if you can't pull it off comfortably, don't wear it. And don't overdo the tie so you roll on the flashy side.
Re: Dress Guidelines   [#permalink] 15 Jan 2010, 13:47
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
General Guidelines herbertvl 0 15 Jan 2014, 11:16
1 The dressing part nicboy 21 04 Feb 2011, 10:48
5 Experts publish their posts in the topic Interview Best Guidelines kryzak 8 20 Jan 2008, 11:31
Dress code kcng8 2 22 Mar 2006, 14:26
Dress Rehearsal!! drummond 2 25 Feb 2006, 18:57
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Dress Guidelines

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


cron

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.