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dress code and culture at work

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by TauKappaEpsilon, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    not to be overly harsh, but you are young, and also very slight. you put a wide tie, cufflinks and a flashy watch on that, and you are going to look silly on top of everything else. sorry. wait a few years and you should be able to wear what ever you want
     
  2. RedLeg

    RedLeg Senior member

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    I had a sexy girl as my avatar, but Bateman got her when he came to check out my new business card.
     
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  3. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    Also, OP, you have a narrow frame, so you shouldn't wear a standard tie. It looks ridiculous on you. Get narrow ties (NOT SKINNY TIES).
     
  4. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I'll pile on Against the submariner, the stainless ones are status symbols enough, this is just a bit much for an entry level guy. If you really want to wear a nice watch to work, trade it in and buy an understated watch.

    Dress well in clothes that fit.
     
  5. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Tau Kappa, I have some ideas for your next thread:

    -Complain about your office banning jackets
    -Ask members if they like your bling-bling watch
    -Ask members if cufflinks are too bling for an intern
    -Ask members if tiebars are too bling for an intern
    -Ask members if french cuffs are too bling for an intern
    -Ask lawyer members if they think undergraduate interns will get a chance to do legal research at your firm
    -Complain about your office banning jackets
    -Ask members if cufflinks are too bling for an intern
    -Ask members if tiebars are too bling for an intern
    -Ask members if french cuffs are too bling for an intern
    -Ask lawyer members if they think undergraduate interns will get a chance to do legal research at your firm
    -Complain about your office banning jackets


    I don't think you've addressed any of these in past thread.
     
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  6. suited

    suited Senior member

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    The person I quoted never said he was an intern. In any event, having an office policy which states that a particular brand of shoes can only be worn by certain people is stupid.
     
  7. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    OP has like 10 threads all similar to this, all providing pretty good entertainment
     
  8. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    As a law firm partner, I say "hey spider, on your way over here get me a Cutty and water."
     
  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    TauKappa sez "go fugg yourself!"
     
  10. dtmt

    dtmt Senior member

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    i think you should get a bigger tie, this one still isn't quite as wide as your head
     
  11. Luddite

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    I am often reminded that there's a striking difference in the kind of conservatism shown in American law firms and firms in the Commonwealth. Here, you'd be hard pressed to find a summer clerk or intern without cuff-links. Tie bars are common.

    But the advice about fitting in remains spot on. You have an acceptable margin of personality in your dress. That widens as you advance in seniority. As an intern, it is very narrow. If it's anything like here, the firms are looking for reasons not to give you a graduate offer. Don't give them a reason.
     
  12. acidboy

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    aside from being ostentatious, can't believe no one told the op that unless his law firm represents russian oligarchs, he'll find himself known as the guy with the fucking ugly two-tone gold rolex.
     
  13. papa kot

    papa kot Senior member

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    First of all, any self-respecting Russian oligarch will tell you that a two-tone watch is for wannabes who cannot afford the real thing, which is, preferably, a platinum Patek or something in the same rank by Ulysse Nardin.

    Secondly, this watch being a Rolex takes the offense to a whole new level, as it shows that the owner lack of common sense is superseded only by his ability to spend money on things he does not understand. I will stop here.

    To the OP.

    • Sell the watch or trade it for something less flashy. Stick with things you won't find at every local mall, e.g. Zenith or vintage Omegas.
    • Ditch all the gold.
    • Get a normal tie that fits your frame. If you must wear a bar, stick with something very understated.
    • Everything that people said about interns -- e.g. know your place -- still applies.
     
  14. RedLeg

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    +1 on papa's watch advice.

    You can pull off wearing a nicer timepiece if the brand is less well known here in the states. For example, I'm in my first year out of college and I wear an IWC. People who know watches respect my choice and are impressed. Others who aren't as enlightened usually believe Rolex to be the best brand in the world (9/10 people). These are the people who will think badly of you for wearing a Rolex.
     
  15. odoreater

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    Become a criminal defense lawyer - then you can wear whatever the fuck you want. Hell, my clients expect me to rock a Rolex. I'm wearing a tie bar right now with a skull and crossbones on it and I don't give a fuck who doesn't like it.

    I think an intern can get away with a Rolex and a tie bar only if there is something extraordinary about them that allows them to pull it off. Otherwise, people are going to think that daddy's got a lot money and bought you an expensive watch. Nobody likes those people.
     
  16. TauKappaEpsilon

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    As much a like hearing most of you say the same thing, I'm going to need to remind you that this thread was not posted to shit on a 21 year old wearing a Rolex. I have dozens of friends who wear Rolex, JLC, Omega, and even Patek. My watch is not what I was asking about.

    The question was about the cuff links. A watch is easily hidden and where I'm from not regarded as a big deal, cuff links on the other hand are not as common. Ive realized that my gold and onyx cuff links are too much for work so I have reserved those for only formal events. To work I started wearing the brooks brothers "knot on knot" fabric cuff links as to not be to showy.

    I think this thread can be closed.
     
  17. odoreater

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    If you got the chutzpah/charisma/personality/etc to pull off cufflinks, then wear cufflinks. If your personality serves to make people think you might be a douche, the cufflinks are only going to confirm that.
     
  18. Piobaire

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    Threads get closed on request now? :roma:

    Yet another thread seeking validation, not advice.
     
  19. TauKappaEpsilon

    TauKappaEpsilon Senior member

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    This thread was asking for advice, advice on the cuff links not the watch. The advise was received and listened to. I bought very casual cuff links as to not see overly showy. The advise about the watch was also taken into consideration except I'm not returning it to buy a new one. The watch was much more expensive then the cuff links (as well as a 21st birthday gift) and I will Not return it because some of SF doesn't like it.

    Again, I asked for advice about te cuff links and received it and listened to it. I also was told te tie was to wide so I bought some slimmer ties.
     
  20. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Honestly, I don't think the tie or the cufflinks are going to be your biggest problem making it in law. At the end of the day, law is a people business, and I'm not too sure about your people skills...
     

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