Analyst Attire - What NOT to wear

Since so many threads about analyst attire end up in flame wars leaving those genuinely curious about how to fit in, lets take a new approach. No need to drop names or prices. Simply process of elimination, I will start:

Analysts should not wear suspenders (braces)

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Jan 27, 2011 - 2:16pm
mrlover1:
Hank_Paulson:
Analysts should not wear cuff links

if i may ask, whats wrong with these.

Cufflinks is a must in the UK

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Mar 22, 2007 - 2:55am

i wore cufflinks to all my interviews and one vp that interviewed me actually had a colored shirt with white collars..so i'm not exactly sure where ke18sb is coming from on this matter..

Mar 22, 2007 - 3:06am
mrlover1:
i wore cufflinks to all my interviews and one vp that interviewed me actually had a colored shirt with white collars..so i'm not exactly sure where ke18sb is coming from on this matter..

Key word: VP.

Mar 22, 2007 - 12:54pm

agreed. Analysts should wear Kenneth Cole black leather shoes - Hedge Fund line. doing so guarantees placement into Maverick 2 years on down the line.

Mar 22, 2007 - 3:59am

Contrasting collars tend to make the shirt stand out more. As an analyst you more want to blend in. The logic behind this is, the VPs/MDs are your superiors and want to feel that way. They will frown upon analysts that dress flashier/nicer since they are lowly analysts.

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Mar 22, 2007 - 5:24am

This thread is one of the most pathetic I've ever seen. Silk knots, cuff links, Winchester shirts, yadda-yadda. I mean, what? Do you really think it makes even an infinitesimal difference? Think your MD gives a flying fuck whether you're wearing a contrasting collar? I've seen plenty of kids wearing basically whatever the hell they want (given that it's neat and generally normal) and get offers, raises, huge bonuses, etc.

Here's an idea: get a life.

Mar 22, 2007 - 5:48am

I still cannot believe someone would wear cuff links to an interview. Analysts are at the very bottom of the ladder and thus have no real rights or privileges. MDs/VPs can wear whatever they want, and nobody will tell them otherwise. Silk tie knots? Why bother, you might roll up your sleeves anyway.

Mar 22, 2007 - 8:05am

This can't really just be a British vs. American thing, can it? I find that most shirts I tend to buy (because they're decent quality and look alright) have cufflinks. And I've worn everything from antique gold cufflinks (grandfather's, for luck) to BLACK cufflinks, with my BLACK suit and grey and BLACK tie. Still haven't had any problems. And that was for interview, so I'm assuming working life will be just the same.

Mar 22, 2007 - 8:45am

The "rules" are absolutely different in the UK, so anyone in the UK should pretty much ignore all this.

In interviews, I'd avoid the cuff-links in the US, at least for analyst interviews. Wear a nice barrel-cuff white or light blue shirt and a dark suit.

Once you're hired, I can't imagine anyone's going to lower your bonus because you wear french-cuff shirts, lol. I'm not sure I'd wear the "Liars Poker" suspenders with the big fucking dollar signs on them, but you can probably get away with just about anything else.

Mar 22, 2007 - 9:00am

Ah yes, I should make an edit to my post. Generally in the states, I am under the impression that cufflinks are frowned upon for analyst level positions. In the UK and elsewhere, people have a tendency to dress better anyway, and much of my previous post does not apply. I apoligize to you mea04tdt, as I did not explain that I assumed the question was directed towards analysts in the US.

Mar 22, 2007 - 12:56pm
gradhopes:
Ah yes, I should make an edit to my post. Generally in the states, I am under the impression that cufflinks are frowned upon for analyst level positions. In the UK and elsewhere, people have a tendency to dress better anyway, and much of my previous post does not apply. I apoligize to you mea04tdt, as I did not explain that I assumed the question was directed towards analysts in the US.

lol.. "people have a tendency to dress better anyway." funny but true.
Mar 22, 2007 - 1:16pm

Yes, Hermes is too flashy for an analyst. Who the hell are you at 23 years old to think you can go wearing Hermes.

Much less how did you afford to buy the tie in the first place?

Something tells me with analyst income and living expense your going to go broke pretty damn fast if you shop at high end places like Hermes where you can't buy anything for less than $350.

Mar 22, 2007 - 2:17pm
Roller4Life:
Yes, Hermes is too flashy for an analyst. Who the hell are you at 23 years old to think you can go wearing Hermes.

Much less how did you afford to buy the tie in the first place?

Something tells me with analyst income and living expense your going to go broke pretty damn fast if you shop at high end places like Hermes where you can't buy anything for less than $350.

Okay "roller4life" obviously that is a bit of a misnomer, and you have obviously never set foot in an hermes boutique. I have received several hermes ties as gifts over the last couple of years, and I will not think twice about wearing them. Although as an analyst I wouldn't make hermes my staple but every now and then should be acceptable.

Jan 27, 2011 - 2:15pm
Seanc:
Don't wear pink, wso/">shirt or tie, unless you're a homo of course, then it's perfectly acceptable.

So analysts shouldn't wear pink ties? I'm not gay but pink ties look pretty nice, and i like them the most.

And in regards to cufflinks is it really looked down up on for an analyst to wear french cuff, because those are my favorite as well.

You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.
Mar 22, 2007 - 2:24pm

FYI I have been in a Hermes boutique, in fact several times. I don't like how their ties have all the mini "Hs" just like Versace slaps the Medusa on everything it makes.

If its $150 for a tie go right ahead. Hell I wear Charvet ties constantly which are between $150 and$180 for a tie.

I thought you meant going head to toe in Hermes. I would highly advise against that one, but if its to acessorize with Hermes your fine.

Going head to toe in Hermes will cost you a lot more than $150, trust me....

Mar 22, 2007 - 5:18pm

Why do people keep on asking these dumb questions. As long as you don't come in looking like you think you are the next gordon gekko nobody will give a damn. Just use some common sense and adapt to the general feel of the office while retaining whatever style it is you like.

Mar 22, 2007 - 5:30pm

I try and avoid my earing that connects by chain to my nose ring, but sometimes the $ sign tattoo on my cheek looks so lonely with out the chain hanging in front of it. I have to wear it. Most of the time I'm praised for my taste.

Mar 22, 2007 - 6:12pm
dklurfield:
I try and avoid my earing that connects by chain to my nose ring, but sometimes the $ sign tattoo on my cheek looks so lonely with out the chain hanging in front of it. I have to wear it. Most of the time I'm praised for my taste.

wow that's pretty "in the money."

Mar 22, 2007 - 7:18pm

Uhh yeah Hermes ties are $150. That's fine to wear as an analyst. One thing though - I'd avoid those awful prints (with the animals, fish, and other lame stuff). That's just my opinion though, as I always thought they looked really juvenile and the worst part is you can absolutely tell it's Hermes - just seems crass to me (the equivalent of wearing a tie with tan Burberry nova check on it..yuck).

Nice ties like Hermes usually don't cost more than $150. I actually think it's a good thing to get a few high quality ties as an analyst. Since you can't afford par quality suits, it's nice to accessorize with something very high quality. Don't bother saving $80 bucks per tie and getting some garbage from Brooks Brothers.

As for cuff links, I think they're fine too. I wore white gold ones to all of my interviews. French cuff shirts and cuff links are just nicer than barrel cuffs, and for an interview you should be dressed up. My brother used to interview for his bank, and although he was by no means really into fashion, he did say that that was one thing he always noticed when shaking a person's hand (he thought you should be dressed up for the interview and looking your best if you really want the job). Besides, you can get decent sterling silver cuff links from Tiffany for like $150 - this is by no means some elite thing. I definitely didn't wear cuff links every day to work this summer because I like some variety, but probably around 3 times a week (and yes, I got an offer to return).

Mar 22, 2007 - 11:35pm
scottydoesntknow:
you guys are a different breed. me? fuck hermes. give me a $40 tie and $110 bar tab.

Dude, that's what most analysts are like. Very few rock Hermes or other $100 ties. We just take that extra dough and go extra hard at night.

Its funny reading all these clothing threads. Is it really that hard to look decent for work? Maybe you guys should move in with your moms and she can dress you in the mornings. jeez.

Mar 22, 2007 - 11:42pm

no one cares what you wear. I have senior MD's in Chicago and SF wear sweater and slacks in office. No one cares. You can wear Banana Republic and it'll be fine. It's only in NYC where everyone cares what they wear.

Mar 23, 2007 - 3:55pm
  • Spandex shorts
  • Nascar hats
  • cuttoffs are a no-no
  • workboots (unless you use a marker to color them black because a girl already saw you were 2" taller while wearing your timberlands)
  • the flesh of your MD's wife made into a human suit
  • a frown
  • baseball caps
  • Throwback jerseys
  • Jeans (unless they are evisu)

Great open ended question! I think I can think of a few others, but I need to go.

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Mar 23, 2007 - 5:16pm

You're right!

You've got management material written all over you. We'll be lucky to have you on board.

-------------- Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot
Mar 23, 2007 - 10:45pm

I not only wear a grill when I work, but I ICE grill my MD when he tries to tell me shit. That fool backs the fuck down because he knows I will fuck him up, BAD.

::Ice Grills the computer screen::

Mar 24, 2007 - 1:04pm

There are so many posts about this. The bottom line is you don't want to dress like you run the place. It's ok to dress nice, but not "flashy". I used to wear different patterned shirts and nice ties, and my MD would tell me I look like a GQ model. At the same time, You also don't want people thinking "who does this intern think he is?"

Jan 27, 2011 - 2:18pm

Cuff links look soo much better than regular barrell cuff! But if its going to cause people in the firm to think "oh so that analyst thinks he's the sh*t" and consider me a douche then I might reconsider lol

You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.
Jan 27, 2011 - 8:33pm

Lol

You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.
Jan 27, 2011 - 9:20pm
derivstrading:
whoever said contrasting collars as an analyst are ok in London is wrong. There were still stories told when I interned of a kid who wore one and received chants of "MD, MD, MD" as he walked across the trading floor.

LMAO wowww, that would be horrible!
You give me a gift? *BAM* Thank you note! You invite me somewhere? *POW* RSVP! You do me a favor? *WHAM* Favor returned! Do not test my politeness.
Jan 27, 2011 - 9:21pm

Unanswered Questions Concerning Analyst Attire (Originally Posted: 03/21/2007)

I know that there have already been a lot of posts about what an analyst should wear. Generally, I've gotten the impression that you need two suits, one navy and one charcoal and seven shirts (solid blue, solid white,and white with stripes). However, I've also read that most analysts don't wear suits to work (so why the need for two suits?). Should I be buying a few pairs of dress pants with nice shirts, ties, and jackets? If so, what color pants are acceptable and does anyone give damn if they are pleated, double-pleated, or not pleated at all? Additionally, while this question pertains to my summer internship, I'd also like to know whats expected of full-time hires.

Jan 27, 2011 - 9:22pm

i think you should calm down about your wardrobe and focus on your work for the summer. buy a suit or two with some white and blue shirts. some banks don't mind if analysts go business casual while others are more strict. you really shouldn't be worrying so much about what you're wearing though you'll be judged mainly on the quality of your work.

Jan 27, 2011 - 9:24pm

Well, I bought 4 pairs of pants before my summer internship. The colors were beige, charcoal, dark grey, and black. I am pretty sure that you can wear whatever you want as long as it's conservative. As mdr24 said, don't worry too much about your wardrobe. They care about the quality of your work, not the brand/color of your pants.

Jan 27, 2011 - 9:26pm

no its not that very very vain. im just worried because after reading this message board and reading all the supercritical posts that its important that i dont fuck up my analyst wardrobe. additionally i dont have a rich daddy who can buy me new shit if i find out i got the wrong stuff, so fuck off he4d.

Jan 27, 2011 - 9:28pm

I mean, you are asking some really anal and specific shit...but here ya go: Slacks should be cuffed, with or without pleats (I like to switch it up). Black shoes, lace-ups are always the best. White shirts, blue shirts, striped shirts...whatever, just don't wear some gaudy shit. As for colors, never black for a suit, but black slacks are cool. Charcoal, navy, taupe for slacks, lighter shades are nice for the summer. Don't stress it, just try and look nice and feel confident. Don't do something you'd feel uncomfortable about.

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