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17 Oct 2007, 13:43
I probably should wear a suit for this event, but I just want confirmation of what you think....

I'm going to an admissions event where admissions officers and alumni are going to be in attendance and a professor will also be there to give some kind of presentation.

Suit and tie is a definite yes, correct?
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17 Oct 2007, 13:46
Most events are business casual, some people wear suits but usually they are coming directly from work.
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17 Oct 2007, 13:52
Yup .. go with business casuals. You will overdress with suits (Unless you're coming directly from work).
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17 Oct 2007, 14:34
Thing is.. this event is happening at my firm. Well, the bar/lounge room at my firm. It's 4 hours after I get off of work

What's business casual? Shirt and nice pants and no tie and jacket?
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17 Oct 2007, 15:25
Ditch the suit - chances are you will be the only one wearing it.

Business casual - Buttoned and collared shirt (neatly pressed, with sharp creases, no ink/food/blood stains), pants (black/blue/ khaki... strict no no for red/white/green or pimp type)

Belts - black/brown to match ur shoes..anything sparkly, dragons, skulls, D&G emblem imprints will not earn u love from corporate.

Socks - black/dark blue - no white unless you want to moonwalk like Michael Jackson

Wear a white vest underneath - I do not do it since I like to flout my chest hair and be the next Sean Connery.

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17 Oct 2007, 16:51
Consider bringing a sporty blazer if you want to layer on an extra little "professional" juts in case. If you dont need it, leave it at your desk at work, or just throw it over a chair.

Also: Please tell me what firm you work for. My firm doesn't have it's own bar
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17 Oct 2007, 17:01
The 07 guys and gals had a field day with a similar question.

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t42956
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17 Oct 2007, 17:14
I am sure that suit thread will be brought back once people start having interviews scheduled.
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17 Oct 2007, 19:22
Funny how I was just going to ask whether to wear a suit to an interview (I haven't gotten one yet, just planning ahead).
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17 Oct 2007, 19:27
Wear a suit...you can always take a jacket and tie off, but you can't add what you don't have.
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17 Oct 2007, 19:59
i wore a suit to a gsb event today (had to for work today). it was not out of the ordinary at all. most people were at least business casual (dress shirt/slacks).
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17 Oct 2007, 20:14
Do most people in the East Coast wear suits coz its kind of a work requirement? I am asking coz havent seen suits in style in southern Cal. Could be coz of the weather.
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17 Oct 2007, 20:17
aviroop wrote:
Do most people in the East Coast wear suits coz its kind of a work requirement? I am asking coz havent seen suits in style in southern Cal. Could be coz of the weather.

most dont. but certain large companies choose to be formal. i worked for a bank in ny a couple summers and they were business formal. they were the exception though. now i work in consulting in the dc area now and i usually wear dress shirt/tie/slacks, but i wear a suit when i have presentation or go on client sites.
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17 Oct 2007, 21:23
I wore a suit to a Wharton event, other than the alumni & Tom Caleel I was the only person in a suit. I don't think it's a bad thing...like lanter said you can always take off the jacket and tie.
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18 Oct 2007, 10:38
A suit might be over-dressing, but it always beats a tee shirt and jeans.
18 Oct 2007, 10:38
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