07 Analyst Attire: Suits

I'm sure many of us are going to be rounding out our wardrobe in the coming months. Let's begin by discussing suits.

What do you think are the basic suits an Analyst must have? I'm leaning towards solid navy, navy pinstripe, charcoal gray, and a black or black pinstripe.

How much money are you going to spend? Are you going to buy four great suits? One blue chip and 3 bargains? Or save the money for booze since your client contact is minimal?

Comments (32)

Mar 13, 2007 - 12:27am
WizardofOz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Unless you work at Lehman, you won't be needing 4 suits for your summer gig.

I did just fine with 1 nice suit and 1 JosABank.

Mar 13, 2007 - 12:41am
alstmdrll, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have two suits that are good, but not great. I don't think I need to buy another suit, considering that I won't wear suits too often. However, I plan on buying more shirts and trousers. Does anyone know good trouser brands?

Mar 13, 2007 - 1:06am
Gommini, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I really don't like Dan Bush but he is 100% correct. I dont care if it has stripes, windowpanes, or pictures of asian prostitutes, you never ever ever ever wear a black suit. I am not quite sure why every fag at my bschool feels the necessity to wear a black suit, but that is the absolute worst idea ever. Stick with charcoal or navy.

Mar 13, 2007 - 1:21am
alstmdrll, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't want to spend too much money on pants, so I need to buy them off the rack. Any good brands?

Mar 13, 2007 - 2:01am
richyla, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Why not black suits? Does the same rule apply to interviews as well? I thought a junior guy would be expected to wear black because it seems like a conservative color. Can someone please give me detailed explanation. Is there is some sort of logic behind this?

Mar 13, 2007 - 2:02am
TheKing, what's your opinion? Comment below:
richyla:
Why not black suits? Does the same rule apply to interviews as well? I thought a junior guy would be expected to wear black because it seems like a conservative color. Can someone please give me detailed explanation. Is there is some sort of logic behind this?

Black is for funerals and the like. Charcoal gray and navy are proper conservative and classic suit colors.

Mar 13, 2007 - 2:16am
ddmonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i would not say its absolutely not allowed but darker gray would be prefered

Mar 13, 2007 - 3:50am
aachimp, what's your opinion? Comment below:
surfsmv:
so does anybody kn ow why no black suits, or did you just hear somebody else say that? I mean I'm sure your right... I just dont get it

black is just too formal, and you'll look like an idiot. that's about it.

Mar 13, 2007 - 1:00pm
richyla, what's your opinion? Comment below:

and all I have is a black suit. I was not aware that black was so inappropriate. So should I buy a new suit? Or is it okay to wear black for a interview?

Mar 13, 2007 - 1:04pm
StreetLuck, what's your opinion? Comment below:
richyla:
and all I have is a black suit. I was not aware that black was so inappropriate. So should I buy a new suit? Or is it okay to wear black for a interview?
I wore a black suit at my interview and did just fine.
Mar 13, 2007 - 3:31pm
anon3333, what's your opinion? Comment below:

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=8221&highlight=black+suit

Mar 13, 2007 - 6:56pm
trueballer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

it doesn't only apply to banking. black suits have always been inappropriate for business attire. you will never see an MD wear a black suit to work. if you notice anyone in a senior position, they are most likely wearing navy.

i interned at lehman and the only people i saw wearing black suits this summer were idiot analysts with no idea how to dress.

Mar 14, 2007 - 3:46pm
Ronald R, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Brooks Brothers stopped making black suits right after Lincoln was assissinated b/c Lincoln was wearing a black suit. Even ignoring that, the help wears black, and the customers wear navy or charcoal, unless you are at a semi-formal even, where you can wear black tie, or formal event, where you wear white tie.

Mar 14, 2007 - 4:45pm
alstmdrll, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Any good trouser brands? or should I just go commando?

Mar 14, 2007 - 8:12pm
Khameer33, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't know why no black, but I too have heard this from people in the banking industry. I went with a gray pinstripe for my interview, but I don't think they really care what color suit you are wearing as long as you represent yourself correctly.

Mar 14, 2007 - 9:27pm
Gommini, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Traditionally black is too formal. It makes you look out of place. It should be reserved only for very formal occasions. In order to dress down the all black, a loud shirt is typically necessary which will definitely stick out like a sore thumb at a BB

Mar 14, 2007 - 10:11pm
aguy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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