Ultimate Wardrobe Thread

Need to get my wardrobe ready for my FT IBD gig. Wanted to make a thread where all of us could give feedback (argue) over what is the best brands/styles for analysts.

  1. Dress Shirts - All I have experienced is Nordstrom and the Bloomies branded shirts. Bloomies absolutely suck and they make me look fat. The Nordstrom ones are decent. Each about $50-60.

  2. Ties - Ferragamo and Hermes are VERY nice ties. Although they are $130-160 a pop. I have a LV tie that I really like, but need other recommendations.

  3. Suits - Zegna by far I think is the best suit you can buy. I also have a Hugo Boss, but need at least one more. Ideas?

  4. Shoes - Have a lace up Hugo Boss and a slip on Hugo Boss. They are both amazing. Any other recommendations? I'm looking for a slip on (not like a ferragamo), but still very nice shoe. Something I can wear everyday because I hate wearing lace ups everyday.

  5. Socks, Undershirts, Belts, Cuff Links, Watches, etc. (Didn't want to leave this stuff out)

It'd be great if I can get feedback on all 4 of these. Also, to all you FT analysts, how many shirts do you have? How many pairs of shoes? Suits? Slacks that are SEPARATE from the suit? Ties?

I would say 4 white shirts, 3 light blue shirts, and 2-3 optional design shirts (checkered, etc), roughly 10 all together. Shoes at least 2 pairs. Ties 3-5. Suits 3. Slacks separate to suit slacks 5? Does that sound right?

Thanks in advance.

Comments (70)

Apr 12, 2011 - 7:56pm
YourWorstEnemy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Brooks brothers and banana republic, the epitome of high class fashion. Best thing you can do to your look is be in shape. You may look shiny it your fancy clothes but you'll still be a fat bastard underneath.

Apr 15, 2011 - 1:37pm
hungryman1, what's your opinion? Comment below:
YourWorstEnemy:
Brooks brothers and banana republic, the epitome of high class fashion. Best thing you can do to your look is be in shape. You may look shiny it your fancy clothes but you'll still be a fat bastard underneath.

you are an absolute idiot of you think brooks brothers is epitome of high class fashion. tell me another joke funny guy.

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:02pm
turtles, what's your opinion? Comment below:

banana republic is definitely not the epitome of high class fashion, their stuff isn't very good. brooks brothers makes good stuff and is an american classic but, once again, not the epitome of high class fashion.

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:07pm
YourWorstEnemy, what's your opinion? Comment below:
turtles:
banana republic is definitely not the epitome of high class fashion, their stuff isn't very good. brooks brothers makes good stuff and is an american classic but, once again, not the epitome of high class fashion.

Your sarcasm detector is broken. May want to get that fixed, I know a guy who will take a look at it. Juslemmeknow

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:06pm
rcguerena, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Brooks brothers slim fit wrinkle free dress shirts and a few pairs slacks in dark browns, greys and blacks. Allen Edmonds or Ferragamo shoes - black and brown. burberry, hermes and zegna ties. zegna is not the best suit you can buy - go for a brioni if you have the cash it will last you forever. Otherwise stick with some reasonable options from Boss, zegna or canali

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:09pm
delljunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:
rcguerena:
Brooks brothers slim fit wrinkle free dress shirts and a few pairs slacks in dark browns, greys and blacks. Allen Edmonds or Ferragamo shoes - black and brown. burberry, hermes and zegna ties. zegna is not the best suit you can buy - go for a brioni if you have the cash it will last you forever. Otherwise stick with some reasonable options from Boss, zegna or canali

this is good shit. +1. Keep it coming.

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:34pm
WellsNotice, what's your opinion? Comment below:
delljunkie:
rcguerena:
Brooks brothers slim fit wrinkle free dress shirts and a few pairs slacks in dark browns, greys and blacks. Allen Edmonds or Ferragamo shoes - black and brown. burberry, hermes and zegna ties. zegna is not the best suit you can buy - go for a brioni if you have the cash it will last you forever. Otherwise stick with some reasonable options from Boss, zegna or canali

this is good shit. +1. Keep it coming.

I would say stay away from slacks in black and browns and focus more on navy and different shades of gray

Apr 17, 2011 - 3:51pm
rufiolove, what's your opinion? Comment below:
rcguerena:
Brooks brothers slim fit wrinkle free dress shirts and a few pairs slacks in dark browns, greys and blacks. Allen Edmonds or Ferragamo shoes - black and brown. burberry, hermes and zegna ties. zegna is not the best suit you can buy - go for a brioni if you have the cash it will last you forever. Otherwise stick with some reasonable options from Boss, zegna or canali

You're an idiot if you're looking into Zegna or Brioni suits as a first year...

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:07pm
delljunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Tall and fit. Hit gym everyday. Looking for more fitted style, since most classic shirts have all the baggage around the stomach/hips which I hate.

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:42pm
mfoste1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

this is an utter disaster. get a membership to gilt groupe for heavens sake lol. I think i saw someone actually write banana republic and brooks brothers were the "epitome of fashion". cmon you guys have to look halfway decent. and buy clothes that fit you. that may mean you probably need to loose a few pounds.

Apr 12, 2011 - 8:59pm
delljunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:
dublin:
What percentage of analysts actually dress like the OP's recommendations (price-wise)? If OP were 100, and IlliniProgrammer were 0, I think I'd probably be about a 35...am I in the minority? Can't honestly imagine that I am...

I honestly want to look good. Not flashy but make sure I have clothes that fit and are not cheap what sover. never go cheap on your body. use that sign on!

May 4, 2011 - 7:56pm
jakekozub, what's your opinion? Comment below:
delljunkie:
talk to me abt gilt... just requested membership.......?

I have been a member of Gilt for about a year now. They have ligit stuff on their website, but you need to know exactly what you are looking for and at. The other difficulty is that it operates as a flash sale, so normal sizes and colors sell out quick.

It is more geared toward people who know about fashion, but they sell alot of nice options if you know your sizing/ how certain brands fit (there are huge differences).

I have ordered a few items from them, and it has worked out fine, they are on the level.

Apr 12, 2011 - 9:25pm
bIastoise, what's your opinion? Comment below:

land's end is great for an analyst - decent quality stuff at very reasonable prices and very traditional/classic type of clothing. get the slim fit because their shirts are brooks brothers big. charles tyrwhitt is great too as they are very reasonably priced for their range. nice ties too

allen admonds make great shoes. you can get them for less than $100 on ebay (yes i'll get flack for this but it's actually an amazing source of clothes that might as well be new). however they are mostly lace-ups.

i think there's no reason to get semi-nice clothes like zegna at this point. i'd rather get good quality but very plain clothes as an analyst

Apr 12, 2011 - 9:22pm
kobalt, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Get a custom tailored suit and shirts. The suit will run you around $800 and each shirt will be around $80. For the suit use a local tailor but for the shirts you can use a place like Modern Tailor.

Apr 12, 2011 - 9:24pm
bIastoise, what's your opinion? Comment below:

also, stop thinking in terms of mall fashion - zegna, hugo boss, etc. are not the best clothes, just overmarketed brands along the lines of coach, gucci etc.

i doubt zegna is the "best" suit out there.

agree with the custom recommendation

Apr 12, 2011 - 10:20pm
Studiofan, what's your opinion? Comment below:
bIastoise:
also, stop thinking in terms of mall fashion - zegna, hugo boss, etc. are not the best clothes, just overmarketed brands along the lines of coach, gucci etc.

i doubt zegna is the "best" suit out there.

agree with the custom recommendation

I have heard there are suits that can go int othe 10-20K range but again thats like what a 2 million dollar Buggati is to cars. I think the highest quality suit a man can buy with out shelling that cash is probably Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Kitton, or the high end Zegna lines.
Apr 14, 2011 - 11:32am
Otter., what's your opinion? Comment below:
Studiofan:
I think the highest quality suit a man can buy with out shelling that cash is probably Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Kitton, or the high end Zegna lines.

Um, what? Without shelling out cash? The suits you just mentioned are some of the most expensive on the market (Zegna, not as much, but some of their lines can get really expensive).

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Apr 12, 2011 - 11:12pm
Dr Barnaby Fulton, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The most important part of the wardrobe is obviously the suit. Invest in a quality charcoal, navy and gray suit. If you can afford it, pick up a forth or fifth charcoal or navy with pinstripes. I also would recommend never paying retail for suit. You can always find quality marked down. If you try to go cheap on suits, you'll end up getting burned. You'll look like a used car salesman after a few months, and end up paying more by continuously having to buy and alter suits.

I've never bought anything made to measure. If you find a talented local tailor who will use quality fabric at a decent price, its probably worth it. I would strongly advise against buying a custom suit online from a place like indochino. I've heard some horror stories about the quality/fit.

How are the modern tailor shirts?

Apr 12, 2011 - 11:52pm
bankforyourbuck, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Dr Barnaby Fulton:

How are the modern tailor shirts?

I have both modern tailor and proper cloth shirts in the mail as we speak. I figured I'd try them both out before I order in bulk. I have a feeling I am going to enjoy the proper cloth shirt more, their prices are a bit higher though.

Apr 13, 2011 - 12:41am
Dr Barnaby Fulton, what's your opinion? Comment below:
bankforyourbuck:
Dr Barnaby Fulton:

How are the modern tailor shirts?

I have both modern tailor and proper cloth shirts in the mail as we speak. I figured I'd try them both out before I order in bulk. I have a feeling I am going to enjoy the proper cloth shirt more, their prices are a bit higher though.

Cool...let us know how they turn out.

Apr 13, 2011 - 12:22am
ametista, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is it uncommon in the US to have shirts actually made for you by a tailor?

I'm Italian, and here it's simply the way to go, especially businessmen they all have their shirts made. You can find both cheap ones (

Apr 13, 2011 - 12:35am
HireUp212, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would also be very interested in hearing if people have recommendations for good tailors in NYC.

I tried a Hong Kong-based tailor who measured me in the city and then shipped me the final products but to be honest, neither the fit nor quality was great. I'd be happy to pay a little more for a good quality tailor actually based in NY. Off-the-rack clothing just does not work for me anymore.

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Apr 13, 2011 - 1:11am
Clever Name, what's your opinion? Comment below:
delljunkie:
Need to get my wardrobe ready for my FT IBD gig. Wanted to make a thread where all of us could give feedback (argue) over what is the best brands/styles for analysts.
  1. Dress Shirts - All I have experienced is Nordstrom and the Bloomies branded shirts. Bloomies absolutely suck and they make me look fat. The Nordstrom ones are decent. Each about $50-60.
If you are slim, then you should buy Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit. These are relatively well made shirts with decent fabric selections and collar options. If you want to spend more, then go MTM (CEGO in New York; online MTM is a crap shoot). Other options are Ralph Lauren (Polo and Black Label). Remember, shirts can be darted by any competent tailor. Buy for fabric quality and shirt construction. Fit can be changed.
2. Ties - Ferragamo and Hermes are VERY nice ties. Although they are $130-160 a pop. I have a LV tie that I really like, but need other recommendations.
Ferragamo and Hermes are nice, but scream pretension. If you tie four-in-hand knots (and I don't see why you shouldn't), then purchase ties straight from the makers. Stick to 3-3.25 inches width (never goes out of style) in conservative patterns (navy pin dot, red and blue repp). Grenadine (or any other textured silk) ties are especially nice. Quality makers are Sam Hober, Robert Talbott, and Kent Wang.
3. Suits - Zegna by far I think is the best suit you can buy. I also have a Hugo Boss, but need at least one more. Ideas?
Zegna is decent. They make suits for many other companies as well (Gucci). However, you can get better suits for less money. I personally like older RLBL (new ones are getting too trendy with extremely structured shoulders and ridiculous lapels), Brooks Brothers Milano, Isaia, Caruso (house-brand). Half-canvassed suits aren't bad, despite claims otherwise. You don't need a full floating canvas everywhere. It's more important to get something with decent fabric and construction and quality off-the-rack fit. Always get it tailored.
4. Shoes - Have a lace up Hugo Boss and a slip on Hugo Boss. They are both amazing. Any other recommendations? I'm looking for a slip on (not like a ferragamo), but still very nice shoe. Something I can wear everyday because I hate wearing lace ups everyday.
Ugh. Sorry, these suck. I have no recommendations for you. Check out C&J, but I would definitely replace your current lineup. Hugo Boss is awful dude. Stay away from cheaper rubber soles (Dainite, Commando, or Ridgeway is fine if weather calls for it), anything other than full grain leather, glued on soles, etc.
5. Socks, Undershirts, Belts, Cuff Links, Watches, etc. (Didn't want to leave this stuff out)
Socks: Viccel.com Undershirts: If you have slim dress shirts, this should be slim as well, but honestly, it doesn't matter too much. American (or Alternative) Apparel in bulk I guess. Belts: Allen Edmonds is good quality and value. Cuff links: no. Silk knots, if you must. Watches: depends on your taste. I like dressier watches on leather straps with minimal faces. My favorites are Stowa, Seiko, Nomos, and Sinn. Never quartz.
It'd be great if I can get feedback on all 4 of these. Also, to all you FT analysts, how many shirts do you have? How many pairs of shoes? Suits? Slacks that are SEPARATE from the suit? Ties?
I would personally have two solid white shirts (one textured), two solid blue shirts (in various shades of light blue), one light blue OCBD, one ecru OCBD, one striped shirt (white base with light blue bengal tripes), and one tattersall shirt (in a mix of white, blue, red, purple). Don't get point collars. At least medium spread. A cutaway collar or two is fine (only with a tie, though). Total: eight shirts.

Three shoes. One black balmoral cap toe (never a blucher). Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is standard. One dark brown perforated cap toe with a medallion. One loafer of your personal choice.

Three suits. One solid navy. One solid charcoal (flannel would be nice). One medium grey glen plaid. All two button (3 roll 2 if you must), single breasted, with notch lapels (3-3.5 inches).

Ties: depends on the office. If business casual, then three ties is sufficient as long as they are nice (quality knots, six fold heftier construction, conservative widths). If formal, then at least seven.

Odd trousers: I would say at least five wool pants and a couple heftier cotton pants (khaki and british tan). All flat front with belt loops.

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Apr 14, 2011 - 11:25am
Malakari, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Clever Name:
delljunkie:
Need to get my wardrobe ready for my FT IBD gig. Wanted to make a thread where all of us could give feedback (argue) over what is the best brands/styles for analysts.
  1. Dress Shirts - All I have experienced is Nordstrom and the Bloomies branded shirts. Bloomies absolutely suck and they make me look fat. The Nordstrom ones are decent. Each about $50-60.
If you are slim, then you should buy Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit. These are relatively well made shirts with decent fabric selections and collar options. If you want to spend more, then go MTM (CEGO in New York; online MTM is a crap shoot). Other options are Ralph Lauren (Polo and Black Label). Remember, shirts can be darted by any competent tailor. Buy for fabric quality and shirt construction. Fit can be changed. Another SFer?
2. Ties - Ferragamo and Hermes are VERY nice ties. Although they are $130-160 a pop. I have a LV tie that I really like, but need other recommendations.
Ferragamo and Hermes are nice, but scream pretension. If you tie four-in-hand knots (and I don't see why you shouldn't), then purchase ties straight from the makers. Stick to 3-3.25 inches width (never goes out of style) in conservative patterns (navy pin dot, red and blue repp). Grenadine (or any other textured silk) ties are especially nice. Quality makers are Sam Hober, Robert Talbott, and Kent Wang.
3. Suits - Zegna by far I think is the best suit you can buy. I also have a Hugo Boss, but need at least one more. Ideas?
Zegna is decent. They make suits for many other companies as well (Gucci). However, you can get better suits for less money. I personally like older RLBL (new ones are getting too trendy with extremely structured shoulders and ridiculous lapels), Brooks Brothers Milano, Isaia, Caruso (house-brand). Half-canvassed suits aren't bad, despite claims otherwise. You don't need a full floating canvas everywhere. It's more important to get something with decent fabric and construction and quality off-the-rack fit. Always get it tailored.
4. Shoes - Have a lace up Hugo Boss and a slip on Hugo Boss. They are both amazing. Any other recommendations? I'm looking for a slip on (not like a ferragamo), but still very nice shoe. Something I can wear everyday because I hate wearing lace ups everyday.
Ugh. Sorry, these suck. I have no recommendations for you. Check out C&J, but I would definitely replace your current lineup. Hugo Boss is awful dude. Stay away from cheaper rubber soles (Dainite, Commando, or Ridgeway is fine if weather calls for it), anything other than full grain leather, glued on soles, etc.
5. Socks, Undershirts, Belts, Cuff Links, Watches, etc. (Didn't want to leave this stuff out)
Socks: Viccel.com Undershirts: If you have slim dress shirts, this should be slim as well, but honestly, it doesn't matter too much. American (or Alternative) Apparel in bulk I guess. Belts: Allen Edmonds is good quality and value. Cuff links: no. Silk knots, if you must. Watches: depends on your taste. I like dressier watches on leather straps with minimal faces. My favorites are Stowa, Seiko, Nomos, and Sinn. Never quartz.
It'd be great if I can get feedback on all 4 of these. Also, to all you FT analysts, how many shirts do you have? How many pairs of shoes? Suits? Slacks that are SEPARATE from the suit? Ties?
I would personally have two solid white shirts (one textured), two solid blue shirts (in various shades of light blue), one light blue OCBD, one ecru OCBD, one striped shirt (white base with light blue bengal tripes), and one tattersall shirt (in a mix of white, blue, red, purple). Don't get point collars. At least medium spread. A cutaway collar or two is fine (only with a tie, though). Total: eight shirts.

Three shoes. One black balmoral cap toe (never a blucher). Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is standard. One dark brown perforated cap toe with a medallion. One loafer of your personal choice.

Three suits. One solid navy. One solid charcoal (flannel would be nice). One medium grey glen plaid. All two button (3 roll 2 if you must), single breasted, with notch lapels (3-3.5 inches).

Ties: depends on the office. If business casual, then three ties is sufficient as long as they are nice (quality knots, six fold heftier construction, conservative widths). If formal, then at least seven.

Odd trousers: I would say at least five wool pants and a couple heftier cotton pants (khaki and british tan). All flat front with belt loops.

Another SFer?
Apr 14, 2011 - 2:58pm
Otter., what's your opinion? Comment below:
Malakari:
Another SFer?

Here too. And I just bought a few pairs of socks off Viccel.com. Very excited to try them.

Also, I just reposted an old SF thread here that I thought summed this stuff up pretty well:

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-to-buy-for-your-first-wardrobe

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Apr 13, 2011 - 1:47am
brownbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For fuck's sake working in finance isn't a goddamn beauty pagent. Look decent and no one's gonna be able to difference between the boutique tie that costs a bill and the Van Heusen tie you picked up for ten bucks at TJ Max.

Apr 13, 2011 - 11:53am
HireUp212, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When buying off the rack, where do you guys normally get things tailored? I don't trust these Asian drycleaners/tailors. Department store in-house tailors?

Apr 13, 2011 - 2:57pm
Randall McMossingham, what's your opinion? Comment below:
HireUp212:
When buying off the rack, where do you guys normally get things tailored? I don't trust these Asian drycleaners/tailors. Department store in-house tailors?

I don't trust the department stores either. Try to find a nice mens clothing store and see if the tailor is available for things not purchased there

Apr 13, 2011 - 4:43pm
Jackiesinthesun, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Eric Stratton:
HireUp212:
When buying off the rack, where do you guys normally get things tailored? I don't trust these Asian drycleaners/tailors. Department store in-house tailors?

I don't trust the department stores either. Try to find a nice mens clothing store and see if the tailor is available for things not purchased there

ask your shoe peddler.

Apr 13, 2011 - 12:11pm
Maherj1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shirts-Turnbull and Asser....budget TM Lewin (Go british or go home)

Ties-Hermes, Brioni, Bulgari (expensive as shit but will lift any shirt/suit and make everything your wearing look better).

Suits-Tailor (wouldnt spend on Brioni starting out but they are incredible). Fit is everything. If I was buying off the rack I would go Zegna though (Or brooks bros for a cheaper option).

Belt/cufflinks/wallet-Dunhill...No question for me.

Socks/underwear. I like tommy Hilfiger socks and boxers because their cheap and comfortable and good quality.

Watch-Omega speedmaster....functional, bullet proof and very cool...can be worn casual and dressed up and you'll have it for life...as you progress you can get a variety (more dressy etc.) but speedmaster is a good trade off for first watch. Like I said you'll have it forever.

Shoes-Forget overpriced Italian names go British. Harder to find modern, stylish british made shoes than Italian but they are much better quality. Have a look at John Lobb. John Lobb luffield is a great shoe.

Only slip ons Id wear are Tods loafers for very casual wear so cant really comment on them.

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Apr 13, 2011 - 12:15pm
cplpayne, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You should never pay full price for anything. Find a Bloomingdales outlet store and a Saks off fifth, you can get Brioni, Canali, and Versace ties for $50-70. Nice shirts for under a $100 (Hugo Boss shirts were $60) and Brunomagli shoes (extremely comfortable) for half price.

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Apr 13, 2011 - 12:32pm
acctFlingin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shoes - Allen Edmonds or Magnanni

Pants - Wool Tailored

Shirts - Custom, modern tailor is a good selection

Socks - Gold Toe extra soft

Suits - Hickey Freeman or check out a custom tailor around 1K

Apr 13, 2011 - 5:26pm
bankforyourbuck, what's your opinion? Comment below:
kingtut:
Have you guys seen the "Hickey" suits for sale on Gilt? Are they "Hickey Freeman" suits or does there happen to be another suit maker by the name of "Hickey"? Looks like a pretty good deal if you can size it right.

I believe I read on another forum that they are in fact made by Hickey Freeman. It was a line that was aimed at a younger crowd. A more modern slimmer fitting line. It has since been discontinued. I have not worn one, but the quality is supposed to be only slightly below the regular Hickey Freeman brand. Conclusion: still a good suit.

Let us know if you purchase one.

May 4, 2011 - 7:50pm
jakekozub, what's your opinion? Comment below:
kingtut:
Have you guys seen the "Hickey" suits for sale on Gilt? Are they "Hickey Freeman" suits or does there happen to be another suit maker by the name of "Hickey"? Looks like a pretty good deal if you can size it right.

They are indeed Hickey Freeman, the Brand appears frequently on Gilt

Apr 13, 2011 - 2:22pm
DrThump, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Details matter the most. Watch- Rolex or Tag Shoes- Aldon Tie- Robert Talbot Suit- Custom Shirt and pants- Custom Business Card- water marks, etc

Apr 13, 2011 - 2:54pm
evergumptious, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo Shirts: Ralph Lauren Black Label Suits: Ralph Lauren Black Label, Paul Smith, Canali, Caruso, Kiton Ties: Brioni, RLBL, Ferragamo, Hermes Belts: Hermes, Ferragamo

Apr 13, 2011 - 3:00pm
happypantsmcgee, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Russian tailors are the best. Period.

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Apr 13, 2011 - 3:35pm
cplpayne, what's your opinion? Comment below:
happypantsmcgee:
Russian tailors are the best. Period.

definitely

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Apr 13, 2011 - 4:32pm
acctFlingin, what's your opinion? Comment below:
cplpayne:
happypantsmcgee:
Russian tailors are the best. Period.

definitely

Any suggestions for Tailors in NYC?

Custom Shoes in NYC?

Apr 13, 2011 - 6:29pm
CZH, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'll take it from the top. Keep in mind that I'm putting suggestions down that are suitable for an analyst (ie. not getting RIDICULOUSLY expensive:

Suits: 4 total (2 blue: 1 flat navy, 1 navy with a light, thin stripe; 2 grey: 1 charcoal, 1 slightly lighter grey) Moderate Price: Starter bespoke at Brooks Brothers can go for approx $650-700. Good cloth, great fit More Expensive: Zegna or Canali ($1500 - $2500). Crisp.

Shirts: 12-15 total (5 white, mid-spread collar; 5 LIGHT blue, mid-spread collar; 2-5 more of your choice, nothing too aggressive) Moderate: Anything Boss, Z Zegna will do. Nordstroms (NYC), TM Lewin (London) are good. I also really like the shirts from CTShirts.co.uk. Keep it under $100 a shirt, but NO LESS than $40. (You get what you pay for!) Expensive: Zegna or Canali (lol). You can also do the tailored monogrammed thing ($150-225 a shirt). Never been a huge fan, slim fits will do just fine.

Ties: 10 total (you can get creative here) Moderate: Brooks Brothers silk 7-fold (nice). I picked up 2 for $100 in August and they're great. You can also steal Hermes ties off e-bay. Expensive: Zegna, Canali, Ferragamo, Hermes, Charvet, etc

Shoes: 4 pairs Moderate: Can't go cheaper than $225 a pair here. Allen Edmonds (Bel Air or Strand) are timeless, 1 of each. Maybe a moderate brown (not light) pair of laceups, and a more casual pair of slipons (Cole Haan, Boss) Expensive: Anything Ferragamo, Canali, Gucci, Prada (nice slip-ons) etc

Belts: 2-3 black belts. Nice, classy, not too thin or thick. Nothing tasteless. Spend about $100 or you'll get shit leather.

Other: -Don't get too creative with the socks. -I'm not a big fan of undershirts, unless you want to look like the IT guy. I've met people who disagree with me on this... -I'm not too knowledgeable about the watch situation, but I wouldn't go too far either way. A first year analyst wearing a Submariner might feel out of place, but so will the one wearing a G-shock or a Timex.

"Dress for success, and expect nothing less"

Apr 13, 2011 - 6:33pm
CZH, what's your opinion? Comment below:

AND.....

A nice overcoat. There's nothing like running into an MD in the elevator in the middle of winter, and having him ask you whether you're on your way to go skiing.

Cashmere... These can get expensive (upwards of $1500). Wool-Cashmere is OK as well, I'd go with a dark grey Boss.

Apr 14, 2011 - 6:08am
Maherj1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Charvet ties are another great call.

I think the most important thing is to be aware of what your spending your money on. For example an Armani suit and Hugo boss tie prob wont be much more expensive than a quality tailor made suit and Hermes/Brioni/Charvet tie but with one outfit your paying for brand name and the other quality.

Same goes for shoes. A good guide is to look for unknown names that are still expensive and have a good history. Not many people know the likes of Turnball and Asser but their shirts are still expensive. There is a reason for this.

Oh and general tip...avoid Rolex like the plaque...rediculously overpriced and a prime example of what Im talking about above. A 25k Rolex is a 5k watch with a 20k brand name stamped across the face.

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Apr 14, 2011 - 10:14am
cplpayne, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What analyst wears a rolex that cost $25k? What analyst even wears a watch that costs $5K?

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Apr 17, 2011 - 2:46pm
WellsNotice, what's your opinion? Comment below:
YourWorstEnemy:
How can I justify.spending more than 100 dollars on shoe? U mad my rockports/stevemadden/colehaans look the same as you 500+ shoes. Yeah u mad

They don't look the same, but agree $500 is excessive. $300 for Allen Edmonds that will last 3-5x as long as the brands you mentioned is actually a more fiscally responsible decision. Especially because I find cheaper shoes to be a lot more hit or miss/trendy, whereas AE is really about as sure of a thing as there is out there.

Plus who the fk wants to continuously be breaking in new shoes? Not me

Apr 14, 2011 - 3:13pm
Tracer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Too much focus on brands in this thread.

Focus on style, fit, and quality. Nobody gives a shit what brand it is you're wearing so long as it looks good on you.

I would recommend CEGO on 28th and 5th for custom shirts, if you need them. In-person fitting, more choices, USA-made.

Apr 15, 2011 - 1:36pm
Souper, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Tracer:
Too much focus on brands in this thread.

Focus on style, fit, and quality. Nobody gives a shit what brand it is you're wearing so long as it looks good on you.

I would recommend CEGO on 28th and 5th for custom shirts, if you need them. In-person fitting, more choices, USA-made.

Hey SFers. I used to work for Carl (at CEGO) and he made me all of the shirts for my summer. Absolutely recommended. If you walk in you can mention Souper referred you.

This summer it's all CEGO shirts, Lobb / Edward Green shoes and HK made custom suits.

Apr 14, 2011 - 9:42pm
joey bananas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All of your top brand suits/slacks/shirts aren't worth a damn unless you're wearing modal underneath. You can't walk around in a zegna or boss suit with a $2.99 cotton banana hammock from wal-mart between your legs and some cheap baggy cotton T under your slim fit shirt. CK modal briefs and modal t-shirts from Nordstrom, or better yet, a CK underwear outlet store. On the expensive side, but is the biggest value-add for your wardrobe. You will actually feel better about your life in modal briefs.

Apr 15, 2011 - 12:50pm
idragmazda, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+1 million on Modern Tailor for shirts

Once you get your measurement right, the shirts are beautiful. Slim fit is key. Price is almost the same as off the rack (sometimes even cheaper if you buy a fabric thats on sale)

I bought 2 pairs of Slim Fit Pants, never again! They are are like spandex. If I do order pants from them again I'll have to go with the normal fit with some extra length.

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Apr 15, 2011 - 4:23pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shirts:You mention being tall and fit, so this is up my alley (6'1", 175, gym + run). Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit. It's all the difference. The Charles Tyrwhitt are great, but there's just something standard and clean about the broadcloth Brooks shirts. Check their website every 10-14 days or so, random styles will go on sale every now and then. Definitely pay attention to the semiannual sales, every May/June and early December they host a doorbuster sale, if you're 100% confident in your measurements pick up a number of shirts online, but they offer all of about 6 different options in ESF online and half of them aren't fit for the office. The Madison Ave flagship has far more, so if you run in real quick during the semiannual, you're golden.

Shoes:As everyone else is saying, Allen Edmonds are another de facto standard. A lot of people like to talk about Johnson and Murphy, but I find that my feet tend to look a bit clunky in theirs. You may be similar since we have the same body type, I'm a wide-ish 12 or 13 and it's just never been a good look for me. The AE shoes are more forgiving in my opinion.

Undergarments:http://www.tommyjohnwear.com/ Made by professionals for professionals, these are absolutely phenomenal shirts. Just as someone earlier talked a bit about modal cotton for briefs, you also want to go that direction for shirts. These hug your body, eliminate all that excess fabric, and look infinitely better under a slimmer shirt; in short, far better both functionally and aesthetically.

Go Calvin with briefs. Their Micro X or Micro Modal boxer briefs are the only carrier I'm comfortable trusting my package with, haha. Hard to rip these even if you play extreme sports, comfortable beyond compare, and form-hugging enough to make you forget you've got them on underneath a suit or slacks.

One other thing to remember with all this is to not be too ostentatious too soon. Bryan over on M&I had some wise advice on this, suggesting that it's better to hold off the highest quality stuff or flashier, more noticeable items until your first bonus. Don't do anything to stand out in your analyst class right away, give them no reason to think you don't absolutely need every penny of that bonus. Basically, you want to fit in without standing out by dressing tastelessly.

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Apr 15, 2011 - 4:29pm
acctFlingin, what's your opinion? Comment below:
A Posse Ad Esse:
Shirts:You mention being tall and fit, so this is up my alley (6'1", 175, gym + run). Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit. It's all the difference. The Charles Tyrwhitt are great, but there's just something standard and clean about the broadcloth Brooks shirts. Check their website every 10-14 days or so, random styles will go on sale every now and then. Definitely pay attention to the semiannual sales, every May/June and early December they host a doorbuster sale, if you're 100% confident in your measurements pick up a number of shirts online, but they offer all of about 6 different options in ESF online and half of them aren't fit for the office. The Madison Ave flagship has far more, so if you run in real quick during the semiannual, you're golden.

Shoes:As everyone else is saying, Allen Edmonds are another de facto standard. A lot of people like to talk about Johnson and Murphy, but I find that my feet tend to look a bit clunky in theirs. You may be similar since we have the same body type, I'm a wide-ish 12 or 13 and it's just never been a good look for me. The AE shoes are more forgiving in my opinion.

Undergarments:http://www.tommyjohnwear.com/ Made by professionals for professionals, these are absolutely phenomenal shirts. Just as someone earlier talked a bit about modal cotton for briefs, you also want to go that direction for shirts. These hug your body, eliminate all that excess fabric, and look infinitely better under a slimmer shirt; in short, far better both functionally and aesthetically.

Go Calvin with briefs. Their Micro X or Micro Modal boxer briefs are the only carrier I'm comfortable trusting my package with, haha. Hard to rip these even if you play extreme sports, comfortable beyond compare, and form-hugging enough to make you forget you've got them on underneath a suit or slacks.

One other thing to remember with all this is to not be too ostentatious too soon. Bryan over on M&I had some wise advice on this, suggesting that it's better to hold off the highest quality stuff or flashier, more noticeable items until your first bonus. Don't do anything to stand out in your analyst class right away, give them no reason to think you don't absolutely need every penny of that bonus. Basically, you want to fit in without standing out by dressing tastelessly.

Wow, I've been following this post and this was a great thread, thanks.

Apr 15, 2011 - 4:43pm
delljunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

thanks for that. a posse.

i checked out brooks and i like their style. going to pick a couple up their having 15% off rite now. about 58 a shirt

Apr 15, 2011 - 4:49pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No problem. Another thing about the Brooks semiannual sales is that you have to get 3 to get the discount.

Also, what's with all the SBs for the early posts on the front page?

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Apr 15, 2011 - 11:58pm
delljunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

thanks for this! SUMMARY

shoes allen edmonds and ferragamos. thats the consensus.

shirts: brooks and modern tailor

ties :ferrgamo hermes carvet canali zegna

the rest is good. i already have 3 suits. one boss, one CK, one theory.

Apr 18, 2011 - 1:07pm
maktec5, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Apr 21, 2011 - 12:27am
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