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Brenda in MA

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in the way of dress clothes? Ds and I are wondering if he should bring his button down shirt, tie, and blazer to school his first year or whether a couple of nice polo shirts and khakis would do the trick?

 

I understand that an upperclassman would need dress clothes for interviews -- anyone's child need dress clothes their freshman year?

 

Brenda

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It depends on the school.

 

Dh and I went to an engineering school. Other than his fraternity's formal, we could have worn jeans all four years.

 

Dd and ds are going to a LAC that seems to specialize in formal. The guys are expected to wear blazers and ties to many of the freshmen meetings during orientation week and periodically throughout the year. I think ds may wear out his blazer by the time he graduates!

 

If your son isn't planning on joining a fraternity, I wouldn't worry about dress clothes. And you can always shop for them over Thanksgiving if he finds out that he does need some.

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It also depends on his major. At the university I work at, all business majors have business dress days once a week. My guess is that it wouldn't hurt to have a nice outfit for "just in case."

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Mine says he'll go to church, so I sent 3 polos with him. That's it--no dress shoes, pants, blazer, etc. It really does depend on the major, school and if he's to join a frat. Mine is about as anti-frat as they come.

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Next year I will send my oldest ds off with a blazer, nice shoes, tie, etc. just in case....most of the colleges he will apply to are not close, and he won't have a car to get out and buy himself anything should he need it (and he'd be clueless anyway).

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The list sent by my son's university reminds them to bring semi-formal clothing. There is a dance in the first week for incoming freshman that is semi-formal, and possibly more events throughout the year. He will be bringing a suit, dress shirts, ties and a pair of good shoes.

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My ds just took his suit and his blazer; he's a stylin' sort of guy.

 

But he did leave the kilt at home. Just as well, he needs to be concentrating on his studies, not on the girls who love kilted men.

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My sons' have great legs maybe I should suggest kilts to them. When ya got it flaunt it right?

 

When my younger son comes home again we're going to get him fitted for a suit for formals and new dress shoes. He's a tie-a-holic so I try to keep him away from the tie tables. It's like an illness.

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