New Job, New Look

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    Jul 24, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    first and foremost... a pat in the back for me for finally getting an internship! I just got hired as a Market Research Specialist at the International Trade Center here in San Antonio. So with a new job, especially one this important for my future career, comes the need for a new look.

    I need to find some affordable business casual clothes and styles for the office before I start in mid-August. I have some stuff: one really nice pair of wool slacks, one OK pair of black slacks, one pair of dark khaki pants, different dress shirts (that I NEED to take to get tailored), a couple of polos and one pair of black dress shoes (I need new black shoes though, plus some brown ones since I dont own any yet). I want to get a vest too and some more basics like an assortment of solid colored polos.

    what do you guys recommend? any favorite retailers with high quality, but affordable clothes? I don't really have a lot of money to spend, unfortunately. post your pics, links or wish-lists!
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    Jul 24, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    anyone? lol.
    (this is me trying to get my topic noticed)
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    Jul 24, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    Of course your stalker comes to the rescue! First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your title is so fancy I wanna give you head under your desk on your first day on the job! LOLLLLL!!!!
    Looks like all the good news just keep on coming in...
    Now I'm not much of a fashionista --bleurgh! But stick to the basic rule related to productivity in the office: always make sure you're comfortable in what you wear at work...otherwise, you'd be this grumpy ol' geek in the blue suit!

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    That's all I can contribute. Congratulations again! x
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    Jul 24, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    Nordstroms is opening a Rack in San Antonio (The Rim) this Fall - great place to get inexpensive business basic slacks, dress shirts, shoes, suits and etc. Sometimes you have to be careful about quality but usually can get some great clothes at a good price.
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    Jul 24, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    txguy, congrats. My suggestion would be to take some time to get acquainted with the informal dress code, etc., before you jump in and revamp the wardrobe. Within the confines of 'business-casual' lie many gradients, and you'll find what's appropriate business casual in one office might not be in another. My personal philosophy has been to always follow the lead of the person who's job I want, and in time add the personal flair to the wardrobe.
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    hehehehe. thanks zim! sooo... my first day is august 8th. i can pencil you in to my schedule after lunch around 1:00pm? does that work for you? haha, jk
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    swpdxguy saidNordstroms is opening a Rack in San Antonio (The Rim) this Fall - great place to get inexpensive business basic slacks, dress shirts, shoes, suits and etc. Sometimes you have to be careful about quality but usually can get some great clothes at a good price.


    im guessing Rack is a concept of its own that would open in its own retail space? there's a nordstrom here, and they have a section in their store called rack where they sell casual men's wear, but not really business casual. plus, nordstrom's is a bit out of my price range.
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    zdrew saidtxguy, congrats. My suggestion would be to take some time to get acquainted with the informal dress code, etc., before you jump in and revamp the wardrobe. Within the confines of 'business-casual' lie many gradients, and you'll find what's appropriate business casual in one office might not be in another. My personal philosophy has been to always follow the lead of the person who's job I want, and in time add the personal flair to the wardrobe.


    thx zdrew! well, i've gotten a chance to see what they wear in the office. it seems like slacks and polos are always a safe choice. so anything up a notch should be ok.

    but good idea, maybe i should wear what i have to the first few days of work first and see what kind of reactions i get.
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    txguy1605 saidi can pencil you in to my schedule after lunch around 1:00pm?

    Make sure it's YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils, mkay?!
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    I personally love shopping at Nordstrom Rack (or The Rim as someone said will be opening in your area, it's closeout stuff that the main Nordies store couldn't sell at great prices), also love Old Navy, Anchor Blue, Aeropostale, any of those places will have nice casual clothes that won't break the bank.
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    Jul 24, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    H&M has some good dress shirts at a good price. Also, I love Banana Republic (look for the bargains in the sale section, avoid anything full price unless you REALLY want it). And, I work there and our men's suiting is great quality.
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    Jul 24, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    I agree with Atlazeia; sounds like you need the Banana. They have decent quality in the items you describe. Original prices can be optimistic, but everything goes for 50% off or better; hit the sale racks in the back of the store.
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    Jul 24, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    try doing some on-line shopping as well, like http://www.eddiebauer.com/EB/Clearance/index.cat

    you can get some good deals on basics, many wrinkle resistant for easier care.
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    Jul 24, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    If you have a ROSS FOR LESS, those are great when you need a bunch of work clothes for cheap. They have lots of designer shirts for dirt cheap
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    Jul 24, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidIf you have a ROSS FOR LESS, those are great when you need a bunch of work clothes for cheap. They have lots of designer shirts for dirt cheap


    Add to that Marshall's and Burglington Coat Factory for cheap name brand stuff. You feel sorto ghetto for being there.

    Actually had to fight an asian lady for my black ralph lauren polo, bitch tried to take it out of my hand.icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 25, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    YOUR IN TEXAS BRO. ROSS AND TJMAX ARE AWESOME PRICED RETAILERS. I THINK THEY TAKE ALL THE DISCONTINUED CLOTHING FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS. REALLY SNAZZY CLOTHING THAT'S DIRT CHEAP.
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    Jul 25, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    TX, I second ZDrew's comments. My heartiest congrats on your new position and best wishes for success. Also, I would recomment that you dress one level more formally that what you think is acceptable in the office. I have experienced that Business Casual rans the gamut from being able to work with your suit coat off in the privacy of your office to jeans and T-Shirts. Be a little conservative; remember that most of your straight co-workers wear matching socks only because they have wives to see that they do. Nordstroms is great. You can get a personal shopper to help in selecting your clothes. It is somewhat expensive, but once you have had the help of a professional, your can then use their style sense and find more economical sources. Steinmart often has some good mens clothing, expecially polo shirts. And Men's Warehouse has a large selection, but it tends to be conservative (okay - stoggy) when it comes to suits and jackets, but they do have some nice polo shirts.

    PS: get those shirts tailored right away, then have them professionally washed and pressed.
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    Jul 25, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
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    swpdxguy saidNordstroms is opening a Rack in San Antonio (The Rim) this Fall - great place to get inexpensive business basic slacks, dress shirts, shoes, suits and etc. Sometimes you have to be careful about quality but usually can get some great clothes at a good price.


    im guessing Rack is a concept of its own that would open in its own retail space? there's a nordstrom here, and they have a section in their store called rack where they sell casual men's wear, but not really business casual. plus, nordstrom's is a bit out of my price range.


    Nordstroms Rack is the overstock/off brand store of Nordstroms and designer names as well as off-brands. Great prices (way less than Nordies) and perfect for a casual business environment.

    I just read that a new Rack was opening at "The Rim" which I assume is a shopping center in San Antonio.
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    Jul 25, 2008 1:11 AM GMT
    At least initially - err on the side of conservatism until you really see what other people there are wearing...

    Plain dark dress slacks (Dk Blue, Dk Grey, Black), long sleeve solid color dress shirts (White, Dk Blue, etc.), subdued ties, and decent - highly polished - shoes (Black, Dk Brown, or Cordovan).

    NO JEWELRY EXCEPT A SIMPLE WATCH.

    After a week on the job, you should have a better - more specific) idea of what is more appropriate where you work.

    Consider wearing a suit the first day - you can always take off the jacket if you feel over dressed - or better yet - do a little recon: scout out the competition by going down there ahead of time and just look at what everyone else at your level is wearing.

    Congrats and good luck.
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    Jul 25, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    Try E BAY the trill of winning LOL
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    Jul 25, 2008 6:08 AM GMT
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    Jul 25, 2008 6:22 AM GMT
    ZiMpLuS saidOf course your stalker comes to the rescue! First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your title is so fancy I wanna give you head under your desk on your first day on the job! LOLLLLL!!!!
    Looks like all the good news just keep on coming in...
    Now I'm not much of a fashionista --bleurgh! But stick to the basic rule related to productivity in the office: always make sure you're comfortable in what you wear at work...otherwise, you'd be this grumpy ol' geek in the blue suit!

    eti.jpg

    That's all I can contribute. Congratulations again! x


    OMG Zim is that you?
    Better get the full white job like those three on your left? Who is the third one mmmm cutey!!

    Don't get stuck in the trash basket under the desk you may end up in the incinerator?
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    Jul 25, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    Atlazeia saidH&M has some good dress shirts at a good price. Also, I love Banana Republic (look for the bargains in the sale section, avoid anything full price unless you REALLY want it). And, I work there and our men's suiting is great quality.


    thanks guys for all your ideas! atlazeia... hook it up with the employee discount! :-P

    I shop at ross and marshall's for shoes usually and i freakin love it! brand name stuff and it's super cheap.

    I'll have to go check out Rack once it opens at the rim.

    we don't have an H&M here, so i'll have to shop online for that one.

    thanks again everyone! i'll post some pics when i get a new look ;)
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    Jul 25, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    Dont really know how tite of a budget you have, but I always check out banana republic's website under the 'sale' section. They have nice pants and shirts there sometimes for $30.
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    Jul 25, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    I second the recommendation for Banana. Check out if there's an outlet center nearby. However, I would strongly recommend seeking out what others are wearing at the place you'll be doing your internship before buying your new digs.

    Most importantly, congratulations! icon_smile.gif