A good suit can easily cost over $1,000 — here's how to figure out if you need to buy one for work

Business Insider | 7/11/2018 | Rachel Premack
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You might not need to wear a suit to an interview, your first day of work, or other tricky work situations.

Those in banking or law will likely need to wear a suit to work many days, and especially to interviews, but other industries are more business casual.


"Do I need to wear a suit?"

It's a question you might ask yourself in various professional situations: before a job interview, pre-networking event, and while compiling a work wardrobe.


Because a high-quality suit can cost more than $1,000, you probably don't want to buy one if you don't have to.

And you might be able to be perfectly appropriate without it.

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Below, find expert advice on whether you really need a suit for a variety of professional situations.

Suits remain common among lawyers, money managers, and bankers, image curator Scarlett De Bease told Business Insider.

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"Some industries, positions, and individual companies are simply more formal than others," Marc Cenedella, CEO of Ladders, previously told Business Insider.

If you do need to buy a suit to look appropriate for your industry, ensure it's a versatile one.

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"Make sure you can wear the blazer, skirt, dress, and pants all as separates as well as together as a suit," Kat Griffin, founder of Corporette, a blog about work clothes, told Business Insider.

Only one in 10 men wear a suit to work every day. Chances are, you don't have to sport one either. A good question to ask yourself in the morning: If your boss' boss called you into a sudden meeting today, would you feel appropriately dressed?

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Traditional wisdom says it's better to overdress than underdress, if in doubt. While that holds true in many cases, wearing a suit when your interviewers are in jeans and sneakers could introduce a layer of awkwardness.

"Some of the most common mistakes people make when dressing for an interview...
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