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Wall St. observation

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Beckwith, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Beckwith

    Beckwith Well-Known Member

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    After working on Wall St. for a few years in different capacities, I am still amazed at the poor dress of most of my colleagues. I am convinced as part of your signing bonus, you receive a pair of Gucci loafers and an Hermes tie. Or maybe that is what they give you the first day you start. It is not for the lack of money so will this trend end? Anyone else observe this?
     
  2. gdl203

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    After working on Wall St. for a few years in different capacities, I am still amazed at the poor dress of most of my colleagues. I am convinced as part of your signing bonus, you receive a pair of Gucci loafers and an Hermes tie. Or maybe that is what they give you the first day you start. It is not for the lack of money so will this trend end? Anyone else observe this?

    Absolutely. I wrote something a couple days ago about this. It is "adventurous" to wear brown shoes in my firm or any tie that's not Hermes or Ferragamo... Just sad. [​IMG]
     
  3. edmorel

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    After working on Wall St. for a few years in different capacities, I am still amazed at the poor dress of most of my colleagues. I am convinced as part of your signing bonus, you receive a pair of Gucci loafers and an Hermes tie. Or maybe that is what they give you the first day you start. It is not for the lack of money so will this trend end? Anyone else observe this?

    Yes and you have to put it in the context of the "sheep mentality" that pervades everything and everyone on Wall Street.
     
  4. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Well-Known Member

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    Though the Hermes Tie and Gucci horsebit loafers are the classic example given of Wall Street dress, I think that your observation is more of cliche grounded in the 80's than representative of what people wear today.

    Yea you'll still see the occasional Bonfire of the Vanities era rig but head-to-toe Brooks Brothers is far more common nowadays.
     
  5. Morris

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    Though the Hermes Tie and Gucci horsebit loafers are the classic example given of Wall Street dress, I think that your observation is more of cliche grounded in the 80's than representative of what people wear today.

    Yea you'll still see the occasional Bonfire of the Vanities era rig but head-to-toe Brooks Brothers is far more common nowadays.



    Brooks is becoming more of a default position. Although it too many of my colleagues are lemmings when it comes to Hermes. For those who can't afford Hermes, they move to Ferragamo ties. When I wear offerings from Drakes, T&A, Zenga, etc. it's as if they discovered an entire new world.

    Still, every great moon you will see the full on Gekko look, replete with gelled hair, loud braces, white collar and cuffs, etc.

    I would say 98% have no idea about JL, EG, Cleverley, C&J.

    I actually see these more than the horsebit, particularly among the younger set. Not my taste.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. gdl203

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    Though the Hermes Tie and Gucci horsebit loafers are the classic example given of Wall Street dress, I think that your observation is more of cliche grounded in the 80's than representative of what people wear today.

    It is absolutely representative of what people wear in my firm. The uniform is: Navy BB suit (jacket 2-4" too big, sleeves too long, pants break too long, deformed pockets) + Hermes/Ferragamo tie + black wingtips Mon-Thu, Gucci loafers on Fri.

    I'm talking about bankers though, not traders. S&T people have a different style.
     
  7. Beckwith

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    I see it several times a day in the lobby, bankers with suits and Gucci loafers. S&T all the time, but the bankers still give me a chuckle with their "uniforms."
     
  8. alflauren

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    [​IMG]

    Speaking of Mr. Gekko, I can't find a pic online, but in the movie he wears a shirt with a rounded collar. Maybe that was an 80s thing, but I think that's pretty adventurous.
     
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    It's called a club collar. It's a classic look. Not sure if it was popular in the 80s
     
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    Yes and you have to put it in the context of the "sheep mentality" that pervades everything and everyone on Wall Street.

    Though, you have to admit, there is quite a sheep mentality on this forum and that other forum as well. [​IMG]
     
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    I agree.

    For exemple everybody feels obliged to say that Carlo's ties are stunning while they are ugly.

    They may be good quality but they remain ugly.


    Personally I like Carlo's ties (or at least the one tie that I have), but there are other things that people shill for a lot on here that I really don't care for. For example, those ugly Chukka boots that people keep posting about or excessive waist suppression.
     
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    Why did this thread turn into an exercise of calling anything that's not one's taste "ugly"? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Why did this thread turn into an exercise of calling anything that's not one's taste "ugly"? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    What's wrong with calling things ugly if you think they're ugly?
     
  14. montecristo#4

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    Personally I like Carlo's ties (or at least the one tie that I have), but there are other things that people shill for a lot on here that I really don't care for. For example, those ugly Chukka boots that people keep posting about or excessive waist suppression.

    I like Gekko.

    I like Franco.
     
  15. alflauren

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    It's called a club collar. It's a classic look. Not sure if it was popular in the 80s

    Thanks for the term. I have seen similar collars, but they usually have eyelets in them. This is one of the collars that is available from mytailor.com:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. whoopee

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    For pinning. A bit contrived for my tastes. A regular club collar is nicer.
     
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    Thanks for the term. I have seen similar collars, but they usually have eyelets in them. This is one of the collars that is available from mytailor.com:

    http://www.mytailor.com/images/picks...llars/12_b.jpg

    If I remember correctly so did Douglas's
     
  19. Beckwith

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    Gekko sported the horizontal stripped shirt, which I have recently seen in BB. The Gekko is alive.
     
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    I like the rounded collars. I've heard of them referred to as "continental collars" for whatever that's worth. So far I've gotten my Jantzen shirts all made with the rounded "simi" collar style since it's near impossible to find such at stores.
     

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