Most Common Fashion Mistakes

Hi Monkeys,

What are some of the most common fashion mistakes you see in your office on a daily basis? For me, I see guys who's belt is a different shade of brown compared to their shoes. What fashion mistakes do you notice? Maybe some of us are committing some fashion sins yet we don't even know about it.

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Aug 24, 2017 - 9:50am
ReachThePeach:

Hi Monkeys,

What are some of the most common fashion mistakes you see in your office on a daily basis? For me, I see guys who's belt is a different shade of brown compared to their shoes. What fashion mistakes do you notice? Maybe some of us are committing some fashion sins yet we don't even know about it.

Clothes not fitting properly. But honestly the biggest thing I have noticed is guys dress shirts being very wrinkled.

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:03am

Makes sense to not have time to iron your shirt every morning in this industry. I came across a brand called Mizzen&Main about a year ago that makes dress shirts out of dri-fit material. They never wrinkle and there's no need to take them to a dry cleaner.

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:57pm
StandardAndVeryPoor:

Makes sense to not have time to iron your shirt every morning in this industry. I came across a brand called Mizzen&Main about a year ago that makes dress shirts out of dri-fit material. They never wrinkle and there's no need to take them to a dry cleaner.

True - I get my shirts laundered. Not too bad for less than $2 a shirt

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:47pm

wrinkled shirts is merely poor ironing skills. I think whn it comes to clothes, specially suits and shirts, the biggest problem men make is fitting, Either we don;t really know how an item should properly fit, or we tent to buy cheap clothes, that usually fit like S&$t! I started having my suits and shirts tailor made since i started working as a manager, and it makes a huge difference when it comes to confidence and presenting yourself to a customer.

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Aug 28, 2017 - 4:37pm

Stripes on stripes is the fucking devil.

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Aug 24, 2017 - 4:03pm

Yea gonna go with fit, although I think a suit being too big is much better than these man bun type guys that try to be connor mcgregor with suits 2 sizes too small, pretty unprofessional for this industry. Also I think guys should more often stick to conservative shirts like others said.

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:35pm

True, Although I do believe a suit should be well-tailored- just not constricting... I love Suit Supply, but I can't stand when the tailor automatically starts chalking the hem of the suit like 3 inches above the ankle when standing. I hate that sh*t.

Aug 27, 2017 - 12:05pm

CHECK your BIBLE once again. CLOTHES are a HEAVENLY CONSTRUCT, created by the FALLEN ANGEL SATAN to encourage MOLESTATION!

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Aug 27, 2017 - 10:22am

Mismatching accessories ie brown belt and black shoes
Belt being several shades of brown off from the brown shoes
Untailored shirts that look like you're swimming in them
Scuffed/unpolished shoes
Big watches that get caught on the cuff

Aug 28, 2017 - 11:14pm
LifeInTheMM:

Having your crew neck undershirt showing under a dress shirt with the top button unbuttoned. They made v-necks for a reason....

This 100%!!! I saw 3 people rocking crew neck undershirts under their dress shirts today!?!? Totally unacceptable and preventable.

Not even really sure why someone would need a crew neck undershirt??

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:47pm

Maybe it's just me but I find it weird when I see someone wearing a black suit...like haven't you caught on with the other 99% of the crowd with the blue/grey/charcoal suit uniform?

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Aug 27, 2017 - 9:51pm

There's also that guy from a non target school who works in back office, overdresses for his job, abuses his hair gel and throws on the flashy belt/tie

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Sep 3, 2017 - 2:32pm

Nope. Incorrect. Tightly-knotted four-in-hand knot only.

Actually, now I think of it, people who tuck the narrow blade of their tie into their shirt or tuck it into the loop on the back end up looking like schoolboys. Just have the back blade swinging free.

Aug 28, 2017 - 8:41pm

striped shirt with a striped tie:

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Aug 29, 2017 - 1:04am

My personal Fashion Pet Peeve at the office:
- Brown shoes
- Monkstraps and Loafers; stick to Oxford (for anyone who is not above VP level)
- Loud ties (go for dark muted colors like navy blue, maroon red, or dark gray)
- Pinstripe suit (or Royal Blue Color)
- Leather goods with visible brands
- Expensive watches
- Loose fitting clothes
- Clothes with stains
- Double breasted suits with gold buttons
- Sport vest with suit

Net net, this whole thing is that it is hazing: "senior bankers don't like you dressing like them." The informal rule in the office is that the only guys who can break the dress code, is the ones who "had earned" the right to do so.

At any junior level, you want to focus on looking - well put together: "Clean, Muted and Formal"

You don't want to come across as:
- Too fashion forwards
- Too loud and showy
- Too messy

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:26am
spinergy:

Are you in London? That's the only place I've heard of that sticks to the "No brown in town" rule. Other than that and loafers, assuming no gaudy gold Ferragamo gancino bits, your list seems pretty spot on. The reasoning makes sense as well.

I'm in London in the City and am wearing brown shoes as we speak, think they go very well with a blue suit.
Walking around the City/Canary Wharf, brown shoes are very common and not taboo.

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Aug 29, 2017 - 9:25am

the biggest mistake is paying too much for clothes. so many kids waste hundreds on shirts by thomas pink, brooks bros, etc., and they still are shaped like a pillow case which isn't flattering to the sinewy narp build of most 22 year olds in finance.

just get shit that's simple and fits. no one should notice your clothes, they should just notice you're dressed well.

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:43pm

Females wearing sandles/open toe shoes and either have chipped polish or beat up feet.

Disgusting

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Aug 29, 2017 - 10:49pm

Never wear cufflinks at a low wall cubicle. Dark suit, light shoes. Poorly polished shoes. Also, own more than three ties. The worst is the belly button length tie - never see it at the office but at social events.

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Aug 30, 2017 - 8:39am

They can become noisy if you are moving your arms around a lot. Higher cubicles it is not an issue.

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Aug 30, 2017 - 10:08am

Navy I don't consider dark. It is a darker color, yes, but ultimately it is blue. Dark think charcoal gray/black.

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Aug 30, 2017 - 1:15pm
  • Poorly fitted clothing
  • Weird colored dress shirts (white, light blue, possibly off white like a grey or light pink should do)
  • Incorrect tie length
  • Black suits for everyday work
  • Square toe shoes

In my experience 99% of people won't notice or care what you are wearing nor will it affect your work. However, it never hurts to look put together.

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:46pm

Square toed shoes
Ties either too short or the back piece is longer than the front piece
Second button on suits
Balloon shirt/pants
Worn down/beat-up shoes - you aren't expected to wear gold plated horsebit loafers to the office but ultimately we payy you enough to at least look presentable.
Stained clothes
Poor/improper grooming - while not fashion, effects how the world sees you and like I previously said your main goal is to look presentable.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:10pm

People often forget; there are definite do's and don'ts of wearing a bold-striped shirt. A bold-striped shirt calls for solid-colored or discreetly patterned suits and ties.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:11pm

Fashion Flubs (Originally Posted: 03/13/2013)

Was so tired this morning walked out of the apartment with a black belt and brown shoes. Have no idea what to do about it except try to remain at my desk as much as possible to avoid looking like an idiot.

Anyone else experience major fashion flubs during their careers?

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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:18pm

Bobb:
mess up socks pretty often. Never notice the difference between black and navy until i am out of my apartment.

Ha I can barely tell charcoal pants from navy/dark blue pants. Nevermind the socks...

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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:51pm

Bobb:
+1 for reversible belts

I mess up socks pretty often. Never notice the difference between black and navy until i am out of my apartment.

I find myself color blind all the time, if it is socks I normally just keep walking. Pants I turn around and ask why I didnt open the shades this morning. Apparently women are less color blind than men, and I myself can see colors fine (except when I first wake up)

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:02pm

Bobb:
+1 for reversible belts

I mess up socks pretty often. Never notice the difference between black and navy until i am out of my apartment.

-1 for reversible belts

ever look at what holds that mechanism together? little fragile pin? yeah, no thanks.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:13pm

Forgot my belt entirely once! After blousing my shirt out a little to hide it, I literally had to sneak out during a bathroom break and buy a belt ($30!) from the only store in the area that sold them. What a costly mistake...!

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:14pm

at the begining of my internship i didn't pack a belt and we had to introduce ourselves to like 60 people via a microphone was horrible :(

also another flub is showing your t shirt through your shirt

for women it would be when you have your skirt/pants on we can see your underwear outline

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:15pm

blastoise:

also another flub is showing your t shirt through your shirt

saw an analyst who had a wife beater undershirt on and a single ply white shirt, not the best combo.

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..
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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:47pm

blastoise:
at the begining of my internship i didn't pack a belt and we had to introduce ourselves to like 60 people via a microphone was horrible :(

also another flub is showing your t shirt through your shirt

for women it would be when you have your skirt/pants on we can see your underwear outline

I've forgotten the belt before and just fluffed my shirt up a little and kept working. Luckily I didn't have to introduce myself or be in any serious meetings that day. I'm sure it was a bigger deal to me than those around me. I'm not even sure if anyone noticed.

As to the underwear through the skirt- if I'm looking closely enough to notice this I'm not disgusted if I see underwear lines. Is this going to change as I become more senior? Doubtful.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:23pm

corneliustone:
i thought it was fine to not wear a belt if your suit was tailored (please correct me if im wrong)

If it has loops, wear a belt. Realistically though it doesn't matter at all. Do good work and don't piss anyone off and that is all that matters.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:30pm

Asatar:
Why on earth would you ever wear a shirt underneath your work shirt? You guys really sweat that much...?

I can't tell if you're kidding man. I don't sweat at all, and I wear an inner shirt, because I thought thats what you did when you're wearing a formal shirt.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:31pm

Asatar:
Why on earth would you ever wear a shirt underneath your work shirt? You guys really sweat that much...?

Because whether you sweat a lot or not, your body salts will take significant life off your shirts.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.
Sep 13, 2017 - 5:32pm

Asatar:
Why on earth would you ever wear a shirt underneath your work shirt? You guys really sweat that much...?

Do you work anywhere south of Montreal? How do you not sweat when wearing a suit in August?

I sometimes look like I just got out of the pool -- I just don't know how some people do it.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:53pm

Asatar:
Why on earth would you ever wear a shirt underneath your work shirt? You guys really sweat that much...?

Dress shirt material is not designed to feel comfortable against bare skin. Also, if you ever have to step outside for more than 5 minutes during a hot day you will sweat. And for lighter colored dress shirts it can look sort of see-through without an undershirt. Also your body's oil/salts are not good for the longevity of the shirt.

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:11pm

Asatar:
Why on earth would you ever wear a shirt underneath your work shirt? You guys really sweat that much...?

Bro, wearing an undershirt prevents my shirt from getting marinated in crusted deodorant and "body salts" (had to use it). Therefore, I can wear the same shirt twice or when I'm really desperate, three times without laundering or making a trip to the asian sweat shop. Furthermore, this enables me to save time by laundering or spending $$$ at the sweat shop once a month. And finally, this allows more time for work, masturbating, or anything else you can conjure up to do with all of this free time that you now have.

Thank me later.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:24pm

I've forgotten a belt while interviewing before. Actually less of a big deal because you will keep your jacket on (assuming your pants fit and will stay up
Also seen a guy think it was "casual" friday on a thursday. Generally people just go no jacket/tie but this guy was wearing a buttondown, sweater and khakis, which was pushing it as is.

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:14pm

meabric:
I've forgotten a belt while interviewing before. Actually less of a big deal because you will keep your jacket on (assuming your pants fit and will stay up
Also seen a guy think it was "casual" friday on a thursday. Generally people just go no jacket/tie but this guy was wearing a buttondown, sweater and khakis, which was pushing it as is.

Had the same thing happen to me. Lose the belt if it's the wrong color. If your suit is tailored it shouldn't be a big deal, just keep your jacket on as much as possible.

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:26pm

c'mon, grow some balls! don't let a stupid outfit to put you down.
I'd wear the same thing running around the whole building, because people will only notice ME. not the outfit.
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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:28pm

MjBettencourt:
wore some white loafers on my first day once!! The look of my coworkers:Priceless!

That sounds scary, look-wise.

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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:34pm

Haha I love the avatar for this thread. The larger than necessary suit is fucking awesome. Most everyone has fashion blunders from time to time, it's how you handle it that matters. Being overtly awkward creates a mess, so if you can be self depricating about it it's just funny (for the most part).

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:35pm

I once wore my gf's skirt suit to work after a rough night out and still-tipsy morning. It was pretty embarrassing, but I have good legs so I nearly pulled it off. Basically you just sit at your desk and keep your legs together. Was a bitch trying to use the urinal though . . .

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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:52pm

Boothorbust:
I once wore my gf's skirt suit to work after a rough night out and still-tipsy morning. It was pretty embarrassing, but I have good legs so I nearly pulled it off. Basically you just sit at your desk and keep your legs together. Was a bitch trying to use the urinal though . . .

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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:58pm

I wore some square toed slip-ons on Tuesday. It was pouring out and I really didn't want to get any good shoes soaked.

Boothorbust:
I once wore my gf's skirt suit to work after a rough night out and still-tipsy morning. It was pretty embarrassing, but I have good legs so I nearly pulled it off. Basically you just sit at your desk and keep your legs together. Was a bitch trying to use the urinal though . . .

This is hilarious

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:49pm

A guy in our office shacked at his girl's place the other day, packed his suit n all, but forgot the shoes. Had to throw the white sneakers from his trunk on with a blue suit. Lead to quite a few good jokes throughout the day.

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Sep 13, 2017 - 5:59pm

Noticed my room mate putting on his belt with the belt buckle on the left instead of the right like he should. Obviously, this is hard to spot, but you have to be careful with such faux-pas when around detail oriented people.

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:03pm

BKBG:
Noticed my room mate putting on his belt with the belt buckle on the left instead of the right like he should. Obviously, this is hard to spot, but you have to be careful with such faux-pas when around detail oriented people.

Is he a Kiwi? If so, everything's backwards. Even the toilets, when you flush them, the water spins the opposite way. Really freaks you out the first time you see it.

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:05pm

BKBG:
Noticed my room mate putting on his belt with the belt buckle on the left instead of the right like he should. Obviously, this is hard to spot, but you have to be careful with such faux-pas when around detail oriented people.

Bro..... my belt buckle goes on the left. It only says the brand name when I put the buckle on the left. Gotta flash that swag

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Sep 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Can't believe some of you don't sweat wearing dress shirts. Must be all fat and no muscle so your sweatglands are all blocked up.

By the way, my thread coming in HOT. I was able to escape the day with my messed belt, shoe combo.

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Sep 13, 2017 - 6:07pm

Everyone's body is different.

I don't sweat a lot, but I sweat easily. Years of athletics and a still-rigorous exercise regimen have kept my body pretty finely tuned, so any core temperature change and I'll break a sweat immediately. I still don't wear undershirts, because frankly, I hate the pillowing effect at the waist. The compromise is that I do need to replace my shirts more frequently. The armpits and collar band yellow over a few months. Oh well, that's a trade I'm willing to make.

Some people don't perspire as much or don't secrete as many oils.

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Sep 13, 2017 - 6:08pm

I don't have a problem wearing just the dress shirt. Some materials (even from "good" companies, such as JCrew) annoy the hell out of me and make me feel cold and have cold sweat I guess?

But good shirts that are comfortable but still dress shirts are just fine the way they are. The one thing that makes me sweat when wearing just a shirt is when I wear a suit over it, or summer in NY; but the office was A/C so it was okay for the 10 min I was outside each day.

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Sep 13, 2017 - 6:15pm

You guys won't believe this...

My first year on the job I still commuted by car and that winter saw tons of snow, so since I had to step through snow and mud on my way from the parking lot, I (as many others in my team) wore boots on my way to work (though mine were construction-work-suited timberlands) and then put on the shoes I had parked at my desk.

One day I took the shoes home with me after work to shine them for the upcoming christmas party. Come next morning, I go through my routine of putting on my boots, getting in the car and driving to work, only to not find any shoes at my desk after getting there :-( The day was packed with work, so the option to return home and get them was off the table. With lunch break cut short due to the approaching deadline I realized I'll have a problem, so I tried to churn out work like a mad-man. "Damn, I gotta finish this and go get my shoes before I get to the venue".

But with the usual 10s of edits and re-arranging of charts and lines, my hopes were crushed. After sending off our stuff way into the start of the party, my team finally made it's way over to the venue and they made sure I came with them: "You're not getting out of this."

Arriving at the precise moment the CEO closed his speech, I open the door. Everyone silent, me in suit and boots, looking like I wanted to storm the place. Being well positioned to be first in line for the buffet (which the CEO opened right then) only offered a slight relieve...
Fairly unexpectedly (at the time), I had a high number of conversations with all kinds of senior guys throughout the evening, who just came over and started talking to me... None of them said anything, but they all had a weird smile on their face every now and then.

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:17pm

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I litterly wanted to pull a Bateman and hack my tv into pieces with an ax upon seeing this comerical.

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