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Current Bankers: Appropriate Analyst Attire (Bulge B)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dbush440, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. jml90

    jml90 Distinguished Member

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    Do not (absolutely not) wear suspenders as an analyst in a bulge bracket investment bank. Braces still very much carry the Gordon Gekko trauma and they are avoided by everyone but a few MD's. You will do yourself a big disservice by wearing suspenders as an analyst. Again french cuffs are totally fine as long as the links are not flashy or silly
    I would never not wear suspenders with my suit. It's not comfortable.
    What are people going to talk? Oh my goodness that man wears suspender!
    He must feel comfortable enough to wear what he likes! BURN HIM!
     


  2. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Stylish Dinosaur

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    I would never not wear suspenders with my suit. It's not comfortable.
    What are people going to talk? Oh my goodness that man wears suspender!
    He must feel comfortable enough to wear what he likes! BURN HIM!


    In a perfect world I agree, but it takes one annoyed superior to slash your annual bonus by 10k. Just sayin'.
     


  3. retronotmetro

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    I would never not wear suspenders with my suit. It's not comfortable.
    What are people going to talk? Oh my goodness that man wears suspender!
    He must feel comfortable enough to wear what he likes! BURN HIM!


    What industry do you work in?
     


  4. jml90

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    In a perfect world I agree, but it takes one annoyed superior to slash your annual bonus by 10k. Just sayin'.
    If I worked with people that petty I would be looking for another firm

    What industry do you work in?
    Food
     


  5. gdl203

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    If I worked with people that petty I would be looking for another firm

    Food


    jml90 - aren't you 15 or 16 years old?
     


  6. gdl203

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    I would never not wear suspenders with my suit. It's not comfortable.
    What are people going to talk? Oh my goodness that man wears suspender!
    He must feel comfortable enough to wear what he likes! BURN HIM!


    The guy is asking for advice from people working in the industry. We're giving him good advice. This thread is not meant to discuss social norms or whether or not he should work in I-banking... that is not the question that was asked
     


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    [​IMG]

    In my opinion, this is about as "forceful" as a business look can get, and is certainly appropriate for certain people at certain times. My sense is that your average analyst doesn't fit into those categories.
     


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    At Blackstone, most of us just wear a collared shirt, slacks, and maybe a sweater. You'll be too tired in the mornings to be worried about finding your cufflinks.

    Futhermore, cufflinks, contrasting collars, suspenders, etc. isn't going to attract the kind of attention you want as an analyst...
     


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    I know Lehman has gone back to suits but most firms allow analysts and some associates to wear business casual.
     


  10. NewYorkBuck

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    I suppose you will go unemployed then. Welcome to business.
     


  11. jml90

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    I suppose you will go unemployed then. Welcome to business.
    Currently no one I work with is that petty [​IMG]

    As I have been wearing suspenders with suits since I was in the 2nd grade I don't plan and changing to a belt just because everyone is doing it. *shrug*
     


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    Guys, I feel a need to point out that unless you keep your jacket off most of the day (which you shouldn't) no one's going to see that you're wearing suspenders. So, why the taboo? Is your boss going to chew you out because you choose another way to hold up your pants which can only be seen when you're in the lavatory? I don't quite understand it. Then again, I've never worked a job that requires a suit, so whatever. Maybe I'm not qualified to say anything. [​IMG]
    What exactly has age got to do with it, gdl203? He's been wearing suits for a damn good part of his life (a lot, lot longer than I have) so I think he's more than qualified to share his opinion. You didn't seem to have anything to say about his point besides that he's 15-16, so it gives the impression you're discounting it simply because of age. I'm only 19, do my arguments carry more weight because I'm merely a few years older?
    It has quite a bit to do with social norms considering he's asking us what's appropriate for working at such a place. jml90 was trying to say if they actually chewed him out for wearing braces that it would be quite surprising. He wasn't actually telling him to find another place.
     


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    Guys, I feel a need to point out that unless you keep your jacket off most of the day (which you shouldn't) no one's going to see that you're wearing suspenders. So, why the taboo? Is your boss going to chew you out because you choose another way to hold up your pants which can only be seen when you're in the lavatory? I don't quite understand it. Then again, I've never worked a job that requires a suit, so whatever. Maybe I'm not qualified to say anything. [​IMG]

    Can't speak for Bulge Bracket bankers, but in my industry (law) it is very rare to see anyone wearing their suit coat inside the office, except in meetings. This was generally the case pre-business casual boom, and is even more pronounced now.
     


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    Guys, I feel a need to point out that unless you keep your jacket off most of the day (which you shouldn't) no one's going to see that you're wearing suspenders. So, why the taboo?
    I think most people have their jacket off most of the day. Are we supposed to keep them on at our desks?
    Is your boss going to chew you out because you choose another way to hold up your pants which can only be seen when you're in the lavatory? I don't quite understand it.
    Suspenders can 'look' pretentious on younger people. Others have related how certain i-banks require Hermes ties at certain desks; so, exactly how is regulation of dress code outside of a manager's purview?
    What exactly has age got to do with it, gdl203? He's been wearing suits for a damn good part of his life (a lot, lot longer than I have) so I think he's more than qualified to share his opinion. You didn't seem to have anything to say about his point besides that he's 15-16, so it gives the impression you're discounting it simply because of age. I'm only 19, do my arguments carry more weight because I'm merely a few years older?
    Age has something to do with it, as the OP asked about dress norms for financial analysts. The commentary of a 15- or 16-year old on workplace mores is probably worthless because he does not have the experience necessary to comment on it.
     


  15. darkoak

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    In investment banks noone wears a suit jacket inside the office unless you go to a meeting with a client. Furthermore, in some investment banks (e.g. Goldman), analysts work in cubicles with low dividers. One would totally stick out like sore thumb if one were to wear a suit jacket.

    Jovan and JML, not to discount your opinion based on your age, but as gdl pointed out, the person starting this thread wanted feedback from people working at investment banks, and you both clearly don't. You guys would be doing the guy a disservice by advocating wearing suspenders etc. Different industries have different "cultures" and practices. When one starts out in an investment bank it is best to not try to rattle the culture but rather focus on doing a great job.
     


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