Originally Posted by Not Ed Harris
London in general you can be as fashionable as you like, but working in the City things are pretty much as they've always been. People have pretty much said this before, but I'll reinforce this:
1. No brown suits
2. No brown shoes (at least to start with)
3. No chalk stripe, generally keep any stripe subtle to start with
3. White shirts are fine, I've seen plenty bankers/lawyers/accountants etc
This is mostly from working in Law though.
I agree with most of this. However, there has been a change over the time. I remember the City. When I was a very young boy (late 1970s/early 1980s) I remember coming here and seeing men in stripy trousers/ strollers. Bowler hats etc. That's gone. A bowler looks odd and costumey even in the City I would say. Lounge suits are the staple. Different varieties. City (not country) colours as said before. When I see someone in a brown (or green) suit around here I assume that they are from the States or continental Europe on business... it's not really native dress in these parts. Brown shoe syou see. You often see black loafers with suits... I would not suggestthat for a new job in accounting though. Shirt colours and tie combinations seem to follow the Jermyn St tradition of "go for it". I would expect that when one is in Court (which may not apply to the OP unles called to give evidence) the more restrained colours are the default position. J