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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    I know where my bosses and coworkers buy their stuff. Primarily because I sell it to them LOL
     
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  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Are you the one helping them with their picnik attacks?
     
  3. TM79

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    I've had some guys at work ask me to help them pick out a tie for a wedding or interview on the DL haha ... that's about it.

    I've had women stop me quite a few times around Boston asking for details about a specific item, though, because they want to look for something similar for their boyfriend or husband or whatever.
     
  4. WhereNext

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    Yeah, I've gotten asked at work a few times for advice, but not full on "where do you buy your stuff" conversations. In South Africa, interestingly, I've been stopped by a few men on the street as well, with either a "nice *insert item of clothing*" comment; much more so than I've gotten in the other countries I've lived in. It does happen with women as well, but that's always so depressing when they then add in the "I want to get something like this for my boyfriend/husband"....
    I did have one of my MBA students ask me where I bought my stuff and, before I could even answer, he said "Nah, you probably get that stuff made". When I said "yes", his immediate response was "I have to move to London!"
     
  5. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    @Monkeyface lol thanks for the GNA. I wasn't planning on wearing anything obnoxiously above my position (red suspenders, three piece chalk stripe, loud pocket squares, etc.). But it's good to know that you can pretty much wear whatever navy, charcoal suits, white and blue shirts, etc. that you want as long as you don't advertise it. Thanks to everyone else who offered up their perspectives as well!
     
  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm confused. Guys work out like mad to get sloped shoulders, but then get padded suits to make them look less sloped? :confused:
     
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  7. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Sloped shoulders is more than just having big traps. Not everyone's bone structure/posture is exactly the same. If you don't want big traps don't do shrugs and you'll be fine.
     
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  8. Monkeyface

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    Yeah, no one's going to care much about what you wear or is ever going to look at your labels. It might've happened in the 80s at some banks, as there are a couple of apocryphal stories about it, which is where I got the idea from to troll you when you said you wanted to work in finance/law. Not many people went along with it though, so it wasn't one of my more successful trolls. Oh well, you win some, you lose some, but I had my fun. Were you actually considering of having someone stitch black lapel labels in your suits?

    Anyways, by the time you start working, business casual will have progressed so far that we'll all be working in jeans and t shirts anyways.
     
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  9. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    And we don't work out with the purpose of getting sloped shoulders....
     
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  10. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    That's part of what I wanted to ask, too—even in the biggest, most "prestigious" banks/law firms, do you still have to wear a suit 5 days a week? I think I saw someone say that only Cravath requires it amongst the Big Law firms, but what about BB/EB banks?
    +100. People seem to forget that there are more important reasons to exercise and watch what you eat than looking good in clothes (or out of them, for that matter). I, for one, want to maximize my time here on this planet.
     
  11. Patrick R

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    :confused:
     
  12. Monkeyface

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    Yeah, suits for 4 days out of the week, although you don't really wear your jacket much so you could get away with just odd trousers and shirt if you're not client facing. It depends on your group, but not many wear ties anymore. Some won't allow you to wear a tie at all. When you see clients though you nearly always wear a tie. People who see multiple clients a day generally put on and take off their tie in between meetings. Fridays can vary from very casual (jeans/loafers/polo or untucked shirt) to somewhat casual, depending on where you work.
     
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  13. Academic2

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    Size and prestige of the business aren’t the only determinants. It’s got to do with lots of things, including local culture. That’s why patterns of dress are diverse enough to make generalization across a single profession difficult.

    There are lots of mid-size and small town New England banks, for example, where the president, at least, wears a suit all the time. I imagine that’s true in parts of the Midwest, as well.

    There are still small towns in the U.S. where a doctor won’t be seen in public without a tie unless he’s on the golf course.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  14. lordsuperb

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    Ignorant statement
     
  15. Monkeyface

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    Well, a lot of other exercise cause your traps to grow as well, as they work as stabilising muscles when you do deadlifts or OHP or cleans. However, my traps didn't really grow much until I started doing shrugs, and went back down in size when I stopped doing shrugs. This might not be the case for everyone, as everyone's body responds a bit differently, but it's safe to say you won't get massive Brock Lesnar sized traps all of a sudden.

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    He seems to look ok in a suit though, despite having the world's largest traps. Shows there's more to sloping shoulders than just muscle. Or the suit has big shoulder pads.
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    It's about body building again :(
     
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    Okay then, which suit is best to do shoulder exercises in?

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  20. venividivicibj

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    Hey noodles, I posted a pic of me in a more structured shoulder in the WAYWT thread (bad pic, but it shows how structure can change the overall aestethic)
     

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