Do you wear a tie everyday to work?

I personally would hate to wear a tie EVERY single day. Is wearing a tie the norm in the finance industry? I know a few places or regions where the lifestyle is very laid back and ties are not required unless you have to meet with a client or something.

In my current job we have to dress nice but ties are definitely not required. It's almost like if you wear a tie you look like a dumbass and out of place...I prefer this over having a damn noose around my neck everyday...

Your input is appreciated.

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Jul 12, 2011 - 10:09am

Depends where (geographically) and what function. It's pretty standard to wear a tie in PWM, its totally out of place in M&A.

I like pickles...
 
Jul 12, 2011 - 11:32am

unforecastable:
I agree that you should at least consider wearing it especially if you're seeing clients. 20 years from now it may go out of style. who knows

I'm gunning for the Elizabethan ruff to come back.

"After you work on Wall Street it’s a choice, would you rather work at McDonalds or on the sell-side? I would choose McDonalds over the sell-side.” - David Tepper
 
Jul 12, 2011 - 12:24pm

Oreos:
unforecastable:
I agree that you should at least consider wearing it especially if you're seeing clients. 20 years from now it may go out of style. who knows

I'm gunning for the Elizabethan ruff to come back.


Well, if folks start doing LSD again like they did in the '60s, we might all start dressing like Austin Powers again. Who knows.

 
Jul 12, 2011 - 10:57pm

west coast = never ties, unless meeting with clients

-- "Those who say don't know, and those who know don't say."
 
Jul 14, 2011 - 5:04am

Blue Baller:
At a place like UBS/CS/DB/Citi = no

At a place like GS/MS/JPM = yes

From my experience (Europe) this isn't really the case. It's hard to generalise, very dependent on group, seniority and specific culture.

"After you work on Wall Street it’s a choice, would you rather work at McDonalds or on the sell-side? I would choose McDonalds over the sell-side.” - David Tepper
 
Jul 14, 2011 - 1:50pm

Oreos:
Blue Baller:
At a place like UBS/CS/DB/Citi = no

At a place like GS/MS/JPM = yes

From my experience (Europe) this isn't really the case. It's hard to generalise, very dependent on group, seniority and specific culture.

The issue here is that you're in Europe. My experience has been that our European office isn't exactly on par with our NYC office so it wouldn't shock me if even at my firm they were slightly less formal in Europe.

 
  • Intern in IB - Ind
Feb 22, 2021 - 11:39pm

Are you sure about DB? I was under the impression they were more traditional. Whenever they come to my school, they always rent out the nicest possible event space and have super formal bankers compared to the other banks.

 
Jul 18, 2011 - 9:58am

Tie or No Tie? That is the question... (Originally Posted: 02/13/2013)

I generally err on the side of caution and wear a tie. But, frequently at networking events, conferences, and biz dev opportunities I find myself as one of the few with a tie on.

Is there a rule or general consensus towards when its ok not to wear a tie?

BTW, I'm in Chi, not NYC.

 
Jul 15, 2011 - 3:29pm

redninja:
manbearpig:
Consulting - Yes

Does Deloitte seriously make you wear a tie every day? Wow...

Not sure they're making me - in the sense that I don't think there would be any real consequences if I didn't. It's just everyone else does, so I go along with it.

-MBP
 
Jul 18, 2011 - 10:00am

Im in PB in Chicago, and we go full suit/tie everyday, but if I go to an event and most people are sans tie I tend to take mine off and put it in my coat pocket. But I'm not ever going to be the first one to take the tie off. You just have to read the situation and know the setting.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.
 
Jul 18, 2011 - 10:02am

or just wear ONLY a tie and nothing else. it will show that you have balls, LITERALLY AMIRITE??!?!?!

Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?
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Jul 18, 2011 - 10:04am

sayandarula:
or just wear ONLY a tie and nothing else. it will show that you have balls, LITERALLY AMIRITE??!?!?!

Hahahaha showing you have balls->good, showing your balls->not good. Would be funny if someone did this though.

Agree on overdressing, easier to just take it off when you hit the men's room

Get busy living
 
Jul 18, 2011 - 10:07am

sayandarula:
or just wear ONLY a tie and nothing else. it will show that you have balls, LITERALLY AMIRITE??!?!?!

I think we can agree that if you go this route, you should wear a bow tie to keep it formal.
 
Jul 14, 2011 - 7:37am

In PWM most senior brokers just put the tie on before the client meeting. I always thought it was amusing.

"Oh the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion" - Frank Slaughtery 25th Hour.
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