Dress Code for IBD Analysts

  1. Is it worth it to buy a custom made suit? Where can I go to buy them? Someone referred me to La Rukico Tailors at midtown.
  2. If not, should I buy a tailored suit (from where, which brands, how much)?
  3. Are cuff links inappropriate for Analysts? What about spread/cutaway collars?

Comments (34)

Feb 28, 2009

This question has been addressed ad nausea, perform a search and you will see plenty of answers. FYI, you won't be wearing a tie every day so calm down with the made-to-measure suit for now.

Feb 28, 2009

Dude it's a recession just go to men's warehouse, save your money for hookers.

Take it for all it's worth.

Feb 28, 2009

use the search function like MDR said. And no, you don't need bespoke/mtm or cufflinks. Yes, you should always tailor a suit - if it is decent you won't have a choice, as the pants will be unhemmed at the least.

Feb 28, 2009

I recommend:

Suit:
-1 Charcoal
-1 Dark Navy

Shoes:
-1 Black
-1 Burgundy

Shirts:
-3 Whites
-3 Light Blues

Ties:
-no need more than 4...i recommend stripes with solid shirts and solid or dots with patterned shirts

i suggest you go to men's warehouse and JoS. A. Bank and find some cheap ones...believe me, just tailor them right and you will look great. no need for expensive brands

Best,
SoulSearching

Best,
SoulSearching

Feb 28, 2009

I would say soulsearchings list is good, but I would def get more than 6 shirts. When I was a SA, I barely had time to do laundry/get dry cleaning done, and had about 10-12 shirts when I started.

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Feb 28, 2009

I have a few shirts from charles tyrwhitt. not turnbull asser quality but bearable for an analyst.

which stores sell slim fit shirts, single cuff, spread/cutaway collar-ed shirts? every spread/cutaway collar shirt i see is french cuff...

Feb 28, 2009

LeggoMyGekko,

Charcoal and Navy suits: $1652=$330
http://www.josbank.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Me...
3 whites and 3 light blue non-iron fitted shirts: $49.99
6=$299.94
http://www.menswearhouse.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ser... http://www.menswearhouse.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ser...

Black and Burgundy dress shoes: $1582=$316
http://www.josbank.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Me...
4 ties: $59.50
4=$238
http://www.josbank.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Me...
Total: $1,183.94

Told you, no need for fancy brand name stuff

Best,
SoulSearching

Best,
SoulSearching

Mar 28, 2009

i can't tell you how long i have been searching for this style of shirt.

i personally hate french cuffs. i find cufflinks a total pain in the ass and i do enjoy rolling up the sleeves from time to time. and i wear a spread collar, and hate blousy shirts. but i'm looking for sub-$100 shirts. holy grail for me, i suppose.

i found a hugo boss shirt that almost fit the bill but the collar was a bit on the big pimp side so i really don't like them that much.

which stores sell slim fit shirts, single cuff, spread/cutaway collar-ed shirts? every spread/cutaway collar shirt i see is french cuff...

Feb 28, 2009
Monument Man:

which stores sell slim fit shirts, single cuff, spread/cutaway collar-ed shirts? every spread/cutaway collar shirt i see is french cuff...

I might have found it: www.opalona.com/shirts.php

Pretty damn cheap too. I might order some, but if anyone else does first, let me know how they are

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Feb 28, 2009
LeggoMyGekko:

which stores sell slim fit shirts, single cuff, spread/cutaway collar-ed shirts? every spread/cutaway collar shirt i see is french cuff...

Polo:

http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/index.jsp?view=a...

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Feb 28, 2009

hmm. 145 for a shirt for 120's... for that price should i go buy a mtm shirt with the same qualities?

Feb 28, 2009

For quality shoes, I recommend Johnson & Murphy, and Allen Edmonds Park Avenue, if you willing to shell out $300

Feb 28, 2009

Thanks a lot guys. And as for shoes... I made the mistake of buying ferragamos after my first paycheck as a SA last year...

Mar 7, 2009

Why is that a mistake? - Buying Ferragamo shoes, that is...

Feb 28, 2009

That is a mistake indeed.

Feb 28, 2009

this thread has now been moved to the fashion forum where it belongs...

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Mar 1, 2009

Are striped shirts acceptable? Just a simple light blue bengal stripe.

I never see them mentioned. They wouldn't be worn with a loud tie.

Mar 7, 2009

Shoes -- try Ferragamo/Zegna, they're the best
Suit -- You can do bespoke, but as a start get one of the rack so you learn what fits you best before doling out 1000+ for a bespoke. I suggest Saks for off the rack
Shirts-- T. Pink is decent, Massimo Dutti in London I like a lot. I like plain white and light blue for winter, then striped, pink, etc on the summer. Also, lacoste polo shirts are ok for most shops during the summer.

Feb 28, 2009

Pink shirts are nice. But very difficult to find cutaway collared single cuff shirts

Feb 28, 2009

Did you buy the Ferragamo bit loafers (metallic piece)?

I would not have worn them as a summer analyst, but I have seen analysts wear them.

Personally, as an analyst, I would stick to a style that does not attract attention - that being a simple black captoe (Johnston & Murphy for $150ish or Allen Edmonds Park Avenue for $300is)

Feb 28, 2009

No. Not loafers. As an undergrad, I only wear laced up.

Buying Ferragamos as an undergrad is a mistake because:
1. At time time, the price of the shoe was little under 5% of my entire SA salary
2. As an undergrad, you want to look good (there's no doubt about it). But, there's an extent to how "good" you can look. NEVER be more well dressed than you're Analyst/Associate (ESPECIALLY ON THE WEEKENDS - no true's, gucci, DG jeans)

Mar 8, 2009

If you're ever in Asia (I'm guessing this is probably more applicable for undergrads in their final yr vs. SA-ers), there are a number of good tailors you can get good shirts and suits made for reasonable prices (e.g. $40-50 per shirt, $300-500 for suits...)

A ton of reviews on Ask Andy forums, but to start you off, Jantzen Tailors does pretty decent shirts.

Mar 8, 2009

Besides the fact that this has been done Ad Nausea and you should have done a search for it, there are 3 things I want to point out:

1) Drop the high quality BS. You're an analyst, not an MD. You're not supposed to be rolling in wearing T&A Shirts, Bespoke Suits and Ferragamo loafers. You aren't in a client facing gig. Most of your attire will be slacks and a shirt, no tie.

2) Speaking of suits, for when you need to be in one, you can get great deals and good quality at outlet malls. Woodbury Commons is a perfect example. Good suits at a decent discount if you feel that you need a name brand. Otherwise, there's Jos. A. Bank (I own 4-5 sweaters from there, no suits), Brooks Brothers (2/3 to 3/4 of my shirts are from there), and Men's Warehouse are all great places to look. Additionally, pay attention to when Saks and Neimans are having their sales, because you will find good deals there too. This also holds true for ties.

3) I am going to point this out one more time, you're a FT analyst just out of college. Don't waste your money on things you don't need (like a bespoke suit). Wait until you close the deal before you buy that bespoke. Until then, be reasonable, and pull up every other past fashion thread.

Mar 13, 2009

You're going to want to save money, but for the love of god don't buy a $165 suit.

Mar 14, 2009

With my group last year, the rule of thumb was to always dress better than the person above you. The firm as a whole was business casual, but my group was strictly business formal.

Feb 28, 2009

lol. wtf. the rule of thumb was to dress better than the person above you...? never heard of that in my life. then again, I'm only an SA

Feb 28, 2009

If I get rich enough to star my own fund some day, I think I'll make that a rule. The interns can wear full suits, the new hires can come in business casual, the older guys can rock casual wear, and I'll come to work in my underwear. Sounds like a good dress code to me.

Apr 12, 2009
drexelalum11:

If I get rich enough to star my own fund some day, I think I'll make that a rule. The interns can wear full suits, the new hires can come in business casual, the older guys can rock casual wear, and I'll come to work in my underwear. Sounds like a good dress code to me.

I like this dress code very much.

Mar 23, 2009

Pickyourbattles has a point, good to look at the more senior people at your firm in order to get a sense of general dress code.
Of course this doesn't mean you should be wearing a Breguet when they're wearing a Rolex, but this just is good guidance...

Feb 28, 2009

fucking amen monument man. i got the same problem.

i didn't get any luck except for custom tailors - alexander west seemed best according to word of mouth

Jan 9, 2012

easiest one would have been to hit google my friend ;)

Jan 10, 2012
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