A jacket is a necessity for a first impression. That's not a style 'rule' per-say, just a fact (really, put on a dress shirt with and without a jacket to feel the difference). We decided to kick it for the side for this outfit because its perfect for the off-school-duty occasion where you need to look nice but you don't want to take yourself too seriously.
In essence, you'll need to save this outfit for when you're most likely not going to meet someone for the first time (Example: Networking events and seeing guest speakers). Don't forget your tablet case for when you need to take notes, and frames from Warby Parker to, well...make you look smart. Here are some ideal occassions:
Formal meetings with professors and administrators
Formal gatherings among peers (convocations, ceremonies)
Client meetings if you're involved in an on-campus business
Club meeting where you're required to 'dress up'
Tie: Ties.com $19.00
Shirt: Uniqlo $39.90
Pants: H&M $34.99
Shoes: Bass $109.00
Frames (eyeglasses): Warby Parker $95
Socks: Tommy Hilfiger $9.50
Tablet Case: Venque $38.00
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