What the heck do I wear to work?
December 29, 2010 3:39 PM Subscribe
How to best build a man's wardrobe for a relatively short internship?
posted by Gin and Comics to Shopping (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be starting a (nearly unpaid) 3-month internship in January for a (relatively) small publishing company. I'm excited, but I'm also a bit worried about what I should wear. I've never worked anywhere but food service(fast food and coffee), so my understanding in this area is lacking, so too my clothing choices. There are a few additional difficulties:
1.) I'm not sure exactly how I'm expected to dress.
The company is overwhelmingly female(90% at least) and its been difficult to get a bead on what exactly is expected of the men who work there. It is not a suit and tie sort of place(that I'm sure of) but it isn't exactly come-as-you-are either. My best guess is the high end of casual/the low-end of business: jacket optional, dress shirt and slacks/khakis.
Since this is a full-time gig with next to no remittance, I'm going to have to fall back on savings. This means I will have to be careful about how I spend my money. Inexpensive is the watchword here, I think.
What I already have:
2 pair khakis(charcoal and, er, khaki). Two blazers(khaki and very dark grey), a few suitable-seeming button-ups.
What I think I need:
Shoes - I have boots and I have sneakers, nothing in-between. I'm not sure where to begin in this area.
More shirts? - I have, at most, three that I can pair with what I already have.
More pants, maybe?
And on top of all that, I'm not really sure where to start looking once I've decided what I need. In sum: I'm not sure what clothes I should wear to my new job. I think it's dressy-casual, but I'm not sure. Even if I were sure, I'm not positive where I should go to buy what I want.
What and how much do I buy, and where do I start looking?
Relevant physical info: I'm living in Toronto, I'm in my mid-twenties, short(5'7") and rail thin(28" waist).