Aloha Fashion?

So I am starting an internship next week with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Honolulu, Hawaii. During my interview process, I noticed that everyone working in the office was much more casual than I was, all wearing aloha shirts (the floral print Hawaiian shirts). It wasn't what I expected and had purchased a new suit and several dress shirts, ties, and other things. I am wondering whether I should scrap or return the clothes I already have and go find some aloha shirts to fit in with the rest of the office, or if it would be acceptable to wear the dress shirts still. Is it better to match the fashion of the rest of the office or does it really matter?

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Mar 3, 2011 - 3:23pm

used to work at a regional bank in Honolulu, great times (not great pay), was actually the place they shot LOST, so that was cool I guess. Anyway, I never bought any Aloha apparel, didn't see much long term benefit in it for me. No once cared that I wore polos or button downs.

Mar 3, 2011 - 3:26pm

I'll say what I said the last time you posted about your internship

You lucky fuck.

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Mar 3, 2011 - 3:33pm
happypantsmcgee:
I'll say what I said the last time you posted about your internship

You lucky fuck.


Yeah dude. It's not my focus, but if I can come work there, I'll gladly take a pay cut to live in paradise. NYC is cold as balls today.
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Apr 4, 2013 - 8:18pm

UFOinsider:
happypantsmcgee:
I'll say what I said the last time you posted about your internship

You lucky fuck.


Yeah dude. It's not my focus, but if I can come work there, I'll gladly take a pay cut to live in paradise. NYC is cold as balls today.

Not sure if you know what kinda pay cuts we're talking about here. A recent PE-ish position wanted a post-Ivy MBA, 2+ year associate position and they were offering $70k with no bonus. Cost of living here is high but less than NY/SF.

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Mar 3, 2011 - 3:39pm
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May 9, 2011 - 5:15pm

For fuck sake do not wear flashy Aloha shirts, then you just look like some kind of tour director douche.

If you insist on wearing a wso/">suit, go lighter color (light grey, khaki if acceptable) in a lighter fabric (cotton/linen). You can probably get away with a simple lightly colored wso/">dress shirt (white or light blue), and khaki pants, with brown shoes, watch etc. This demonstrates that you recognize you are in an amazing tropical climate, but still have respect for your clients and superiors.

If you need further inspiration think "what would James Bond wear in the Bahamas?" Hint: he wore some tropical clothing in Casino Royale. He sure as shit would not wear an Aloha wso/">shirt.

Calm down, this shit isn't rocket science.
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May 9, 2011 - 5:26pm

I personally know people who do a lot of work in Hawaii. They do NOT wear wso/">suits. I know a guy who meets with the governor, etc. and their are no wso/">suits. They are very casual. The guy brought a buddy along who was wearing a wso/">suit, guy told him to go casual and the buddy didn't, he wore the wso/">suit. The secretary asked him to put something more casual on.

Hawaii is very casual and natives dont really like non natives. Wear what the other office is wearing. Aloha shirts (or w/e brand) and sandles are a common occurence when doing business there.

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