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Jan 8, 2010

lol. browneye.

the eye that don't wink.

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Jan 9, 2010

I actually interned at a BB before (my first internship). I wore 4 inch designer heels which was nothing fancy, just high heeled the first few days and got a lot of dirty looks from other females, so I advise against it. Plus my supervisor was female and she actually asked me to change.

Jan 9, 2010

Depends whether you're intending on attracting clients through quality of work, or through making them want to bend you over the desk and rape you up the arse.

Jan 9, 2010

I'd say 1-2 in. heels (maybe 3 in) are fine. Some shorter girls get away with wearing higher heels but it definitely tends to raise eyebrows as being 'too sexy'. Designer or not, it doesn't really matter. Definitely a lot of ladies hopping around in Louboutins of all shapes and sizes.

Jan 10, 2010

I'd hold off on the Loubs and go conservative (3 inches or less). Once you get familiar with the office culture and see what others are wearing, you can accessorize accordingly. You don't want to stand out too much and rub people the wrong way.

(I can't believe I just wrote this, but this is what happens when you spend too much time researching the luxury goods industry. I notice red soles faster than most girls.)

Jan 10, 2010

Definitely go with the over-the-knee high-heeled boots. Screams banker.

Feb 23, 2010

Sneakers in the subway, change to 3 inch heels once you hit the lobby, and put the sneakers away into a black tote.
Keep a change of 3 inch heels in your desk and change out your shoes each half day, or change into flats to work late past 8. Protect your feet from getting twisted, pedicures help reduce some of the stress.

Mar 10, 2010

No female should ever enter a bank with 1-1.5" heels (unless you're talking back office). This is almost as distasteful as the synthetic suit.

A proper "business formal" shoe for women is over 1.5" and under 3". If you're going with a pantsuit, 3.25" is acceptable.

I've never been a fan of the 'abridged' version of Louboutins--his shoes only look good over 4". I say go 5" (obv not appropriate for work) or none at all.

Are you a CEO, CFO or other executive facing these or similar charges?
Why should you go to jail for a crime someone else noticed?

Mar 10, 2010

I never worked in NYC but this stuff seems crazy to me. I'm in London and I've seen:

  1. knee high shiny black boots (director, structuring)
  2. white tee shirt, suspenders, cropped trousers, 5 inch heels (director, structuring)
  3. skin tight top, skin tight pants, 5 inch heels (director, sales)
  4. sweat pants, sneakers, fleece (VP, trading)
  5. long hippy skirt, tank top, sandals (ops)

Are you ladies seriously saying that too-high heels will inhibit your ability to get a good bonus and promotion? Is this actually the case in New York? If it is maybe I shouldn't go back.

Mar 12, 2010

Yeah, I lived in London for a while and definitely noticed the more revealing/ less "professional" dress code (women only... the men tend to dress much better than they do in NY). This is pretty prevalent even outside of the office. I remember seeing tons of girls wearing bandeau tops in combination with some ass cheek-exposing skirt at clubs.

Probably has to do with proximity to Europe. And on a related note, a friend of mine at a BB in London told me that inter-office dating was actually encouraged.

If you're at a HF, it's different. I have seen chicks wearing tank tops and almost-flip-flop shoes at HFs here, though mainly in back office roles.

Are you a CEO, CFO or other executive facing these or similar charges?
Why should you go to jail for a crime someone else noticed?

May 17, 2010
gorilla4sandracing:

Yeah, I lived in London for a while....I remember seeing tons of girls wearing bandeau tops in combination with some ass cheek-exposing skirt at clubs.

And on a related note, a friend of mine at a BB in London told me that inter-office dating was actually encouraged.

clearly i need to get to London more often, as do a lot of us here

Mar 16, 2010
fp175:

I never worked in NYC but this stuff seems crazy to me. I'm in London and I've seen:

  1. knee high shiny black boots (director, structuring)
  2. white tee shirt, suspenders, cropped trousers, 5 inch heels (director, structuring)
  3. skin tight top, skin tight pants, 5 inch heels (director, sales)
  4. sweat pants, sneakers, fleece (VP, trading)
  5. long hippy skirt, tank top, sandals (ops)

Are you ladies seriously saying that too-high heels will inhibit your ability to get a good bonus and promotion? Is this actually the case in New York? If it is maybe I shouldn't go back.

Not at all. You just never want to be known as the girl who dresses too sexy and who all the guys just want to bang (vs work with). I've definitely seen smaller girls get away with ridiculously high heels which makes them about the same height as some of the shorter guys (I'm talking 5'2 going to 5'6 or 5'7). Double standard? Absolutely. I actually knew a girl from my alma mater who was sent home from Citi's S&T program her first week to change b/c the HR people thought she was dressing inappropriately.

Note, I wouldn't mix up sexy with fashionable. My bank was business formal pretty much every day (NYC BB). Thus, I've never seen anyone run around in sneakers, sweat pants, or cropped trousers, unless it's the weekend.

Mar 10, 2010

what's the rule on wearing nice flats?

Mar 10, 2010
browneyed girl:

Ladies, what shoes do you wear on most days? Guidance on heel height would be great. Can you ever wear over the knee flat boots / leather boots with a stacked heel? Are 3.5-4 inch Louboutins acceptable or should you err on the side of flats/loafers? I probably know the answer to that one but would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you in advance!

Thinly-veiled reference to that Korean girls group?

Mar 25, 2010

Ya I worked in London at a BB and did also notice, especially the girls in HR/recruiting wore less conservative type stuff. I work in NY now, But you have to remember - dress as you want to be not as you are.. With this said, as a banker, you want to dress as if you're going to see a client everyday. Even if you're not. Your MD or D will then be confident that you can at least look normal in front of clients (hopefully he can trust your abilities too) and won't be embarrassed if he brings you with him to meetings... I recall when I first started out I would dress a little less conservative a few days and what'd ya know, the day I looked like crap I was asked to attend a meeting with a client.

Mar 25, 2010

i work in consulting, so my opinion may not be as relevant. i definitely agree with everything HerSerendipity said. rarely does anyone wear heels over 3in in my office.

i would also avoid shoes that make excessive clacking sound when you walk. overall, it's better to err on the side of caution, until you really get to know the culture/people of your office.

May 9, 2010

If you're going to bring out the 5 inches, make sure you keep a pair of emergency flats around.

May 26, 2010

heels around 1-2 inches look strange. are any other summer analyst planning on wearing 3'' heels? what stores/brands did you find look the best?

May 29, 2010

I also feel as if the width of the heel makes a difference.

You may be able to get away with a higher heel if it isn't working-girl-patent-leather skinny.

I do agree that 1-2inch "kitten" heels are strange

May 31, 2010
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