How to Dress for Success on Wall Street (Interview with Jon Yeazel)

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Want to make a lasting impression, build confidence, and attract the opposite sex? Then follow the Jon Yeazel interview as he brings us through some Wall Street fashion know how. Looking for some credentials? Well, Jon has plenty:

1. Founder of Necks and Balances, a wardrobe consulting company
2. Ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for a new product, Gentleman's Fashion Anchor
3. Featured in Examiner.com

So, let's get started with Part 1 of the Jon Yeazel interview.

Q: What are the basic rules of buying a suit?

Educating yourself on the suit buying process is essential. Three things to consider when you're buying a suit are as follows (the 3 FIT's):

1. Does the suit FIT you? Not just in the sense that you're a size 42 jacket and that's the size you bought, but instead does it fit your body shape? Tailoring is important and makes all the difference.

2. Does your suit FIT the situation? Being underdressed is an image killer and looks unprofessional. You always want to be as dressed up as everyone else, if not more.

3. Do your clothes FIT each other? Baggy jacket with fitted pants is worse than a baggy jacket and baggy pants. At least if everything is baggy you don't look like a walking contradiction right? Colors, size and formality of your clothing are key to putting together a great look. The silhouette and cut of the suit is what commands the respect and what will no doubt set you apart from the crowd.

This is one of my favorite quotes because it is so true:

A well-tailored suit is to a woman as lingerie is to a man.

Q: What are the components of a suit every man should be familiar with?

Being that fit is so important; I'll give some specific examples of key areas where the fit makes the difference.

1. You should always consider narrowing and shortening your sleeves as well as your pant legs. Don't be afraid if your arms are skinnier than most. Making your sleeves narrower will actually create the appearance of stronger arms because it will look like your filling the sleeve up instead of it dangling loosely around your arm. Make sure they are wide enough to be comfortable in, but narrow enough to look sharp.

2. Next is the crotch area of your pants. Get rid of all that extra baggy fabric hanging below your crotch. For shorter men this will give the appearance of a taller more slender build and creates a more tailored and sophisticated look.

3. A two button suit with side vents is what you're going to see stylish men in now a day. The double vents allow for a really trim fit around the torso without looking stretched out and awkward in the back as a single vent suit would.

4. Proportion and balance is key to a well fitting suit. Showing about half an inch of shirt cuff outside of your jacket sleeve as well as about a half inch of collar on the back of your neck above your suit collar provides a great touch of balance.

Check back next week as Jon lays out the suit essentials every man should own. Also, check out the Necks and Balance's Gentleman Fashion Anchors; I guarantee you could use these on more than one occasion.

Comments (5)

Aug 15, 2012

i'm the director of business development for Arden Reed and this is well written. We also view FIT as the most important - relative, relational, and slim but not necessarily skinny. Well said Jon.

Aug 16, 2012

Things I've learned about wall street fashion:

  1. It's ok if it's cheap as long as it doesn't look it. MAKE IT FIT!
  2. You're interviewing, look conservative. Navy suit, white/light blue shirt, conservative tie.
  3. Got the job? 3 piece suit will set you apart from your coworkers without looking like a total douche. You can wear the vest when not working with clients and look sharp and skinnier. And, when you meet with a client you can decide between a vest, best option to stay cool in the summer, or a jacket, the safe bet.
  4. No french cuff and pocket square, fuck you. I'm dressing for the job I want not the job I'm stuck in.

With these tips and good performances you will stick out in a positive light.

Personal wealth is not how much you have in the bank or the worth of your portfolio. But, rather how you've used the wealth to make your life and those around you better.

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Aug 16, 2012

pinkie ring!

Aug 16, 2012

Looking forward to more on this. Thanks for the insights.

Aug 16, 2012
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