Lookin’ sharp

One of the sweetest compliments a blogger can receive is someone emailing them and commenting on a blog – and then continuing to ask questions! It truly makes a writer feel like they are touching on meaningful topics and making a difference…no matter how small! So to that person, thank you very much!

Moving forward with that idea, I was recently asked in an email: What do you WEAR to business school?!?

Great question! And, just to be honest, that was a question we anxiously asked one another during pre-term (well, ok, at least some other girls and I talked about it! Sorry guys, this post may not be for you).

This website is a great resouce that outlines business casual for both men and women.

Jessi’s opinion on how to dress at Fisher College of Business:

-During pre-term you will be expected to dress business casual and business professional. So, nice pants and a blouse, and a jacket when needed. Besides, the jacket is great when the AC is on and blasting!

-Once classes start the outfits begin to span across the board. Students who are working in offices around the college are usually in business casual. However, on regular days, jeans are totally acceptable – but you usually don’t see a lot of sweatpants in Gerlach Hall.

Personally, I try to dress-up a little bit for class every day! When I see my professors in full suits for class and looking extremely professional, I want to be seen in the same light. When I only have class I am typically in jeans and a dressy top with heels. Comfortable when I’m spending 10 hours on campus studying and going to class — but still business school “appropriate”.

Just remember! There always seems to be an fantastic networking/meet-and-greet event going on at Fisher and these require business attire. You always want to present yourself in the best light when meeting business professionals and learning more about their careers.

Something I’ve learned within seven weeks of classes? If you don’t want to dress up, have a nice outfit (don’t forget your shoes!) and a few resumes in your locker. You never know who will be on campus and who could be your next important contact!

Again, this is a quick post of my own opinion about what to wear at Fisher. As an MBA Candidate who is constanly scheduling meetings with advisors, the Office of Career Managment and professors, I am always striving to put my best (dressed) foot forward.

Hopefully this shed a little light on how to dress for school 🙂

Have a great week, see you guys soon!

The white shirt

The white shirt was born in a factory in some nondescript place. It traveled all the way down the supply chain till it reached one of the millions of MBA students around the world. In this case, the student was from Fisher, and had bought this shirt in India. The student was an extremely lazy guy, and contemplated the most efficient way to iron it…. and realized there were a couple of tricks that he could employ depending on the dress code of the event he planned to attend.

If the dress code was business casual, it would be a suit without a tie, white shirt underneath. Now this made the poor white shirt to only show up as a stripe on the front, the rest being covered by the coat. So all that needed to be ironed was the collar and the front strip.

If the dress code was business professional, it made the job even simpler. The front would be covered with a tie, so only the collar needed to be ironed.

The white shirt felt bad. It had made this journey all the way from the cotton fields of China or India, and had been proud of itself for being the whitest thing on earth. And now, it was being covered from head to toe by this presumptuous suit which was almost always dark, and had no identity of its own. It felt bad that it was now being relegated to such a small role in the life of an MBA student.

The student thought about it for a while, and ironed only the collar. He wore the wrinkled shirt, suited up, and tied a pretty knot with the corporate noose – a tie. And suddenly, the wrinkled shirt was no longer visible! It was like magic! And so off he went to event.

However, the event was in another city, and he needed to take a flight. He checked in, took the boarding pass, and stood in line for the security check…… and froze. HE JUST REALIZED THAT HE HAD TO TAKE HIS COAT OFF!!!

The white shirt smiled at the young guy. They were now even.