Including Heritage in your Suit/Attire?

What's your opinion on including certain aspects of your heritage/folk into your clothes? A good example would be a Native American including pearls or certain fabrics in his clothing. Or another example, some Bavarian professionals replace their suit jackets with traditional felt jackets, giving them a more folksy look. Would that be too personal for IB or could it be interpreted as being true to yourself and "down to Earth"?

What's your opinion on that? Do you have any heritage you'd like to show or is the office not the right place to do that?

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Nov 12, 2019

What is the rationale for literally wearing your heritage on your sleeve at work?

Save that for your off time.

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Nov 12, 2019

Most likely all the LinkedIn posts about "be yourself at work" or "if your co-workers can't handle your individuality they don't deserve you" - things like that.

To the OP - no, I would not recommend that and/or endorse that. There are a few, and I mean few, situations where the person can pull it off, it's a one-off occasion, etc. but the rule is no.

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Nov 18, 2019
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What is the rationale for literally wearing your heritage on your sleeve at work?

Not talking about like specifically wearing a item signifying something, like cowboy boots, but more like wearing a suit vest made out of linen with simple decorations, like a modern version of those often used in European folk dresses. It of course should be very understated and such.

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Nov 12, 2019

Is this a way to show-off your URM status these days?

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Nov 16, 2019

One of my female Native friends wears some fancy beadwork bracelets in formal situations but that's pretty within the realm of normal/expected. There probably are lots of ways to make it personal yet subtle and seamless, I'd say "showing off" is really the questionable part for work.

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Nov 16, 2019

Wouldn't advise it but damn was my mate's Chinese collar tailored suit / shirt cool

Nov 16, 2019

If you're Maori feel free to rock the full face tattoo, but overdress otherwise to compensate. Otherwise: NO

Nov 18, 2019

Intimidating your competitors with your sick tattoo and free-form haka seems like a good way to make MD by 30. Can NZ bros confirm?

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Nov 19, 2019

Also, league tables for NZ IB would be great. Auckland only, none of that Wellington bullshit.

Dec 20, 2019

Fuck this heritage nonsense. Dressing like Geronimo or Oliver Cromwell or a Bolivian peasant just makes you look stupid.

And looking stupid is no way to advance your career.

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Dec 20, 2019

the only attire that is appropriate for business is the normal business attire of your geography (usually a suit & tie) and anything you're obligated to wear as per your religion (e.g. a dastar, yarmulke, or taqiyah)

Jan 17, 2020

"(e.g. a dastar, yarmulke, or taqiyah)"

Yeah and we all know which one of those will most probably be worn on Wall Street, right?

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Jan 12, 2020

If your heritage inclines, proper tartan will pass as fashionable plaid to most, anyone who knows it for what it is will appreciate it... nice and subtle.

Jan 29, 2020
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