The Hedge Fund "Look"

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What would you say is the best look (best i.e., someone who you would say "that person looks awesome") for men and women at major hedge funds on the East Coast? Any specific designers or items that are "must haves"?

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Oct 14, 2014

Is this a fucking joke? Why would it matter what kind of job they have or what coast they're on? Must have designers? Barf.

I feel substantially dumber for having read this.

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Oct 14, 2014

The funniest part is going to be when these kids realize that some of the most plain (and even sometimes dirty) people have the most money. The people you never expect can be the people who will buy and sell everyone else over many, many times

Oct 14, 2014

I smell insecurity.

Oct 14, 2014

Most hf guys I know are business casual at best (yes, some are business attire). Some of the quant guys look like the guys from the Big Bang Theory if they crawled out of a physics lab after a 4 day theoretical math bender battling the white boards. And lost.

Oct 14, 2014

vests. lots of vests

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Oct 14, 2014

Most people at the fund I was at over the summer wore jeans

Oct 14, 2014

Pay attention to what other people are wearing at your firm and go along those lines. If it's business casual... there you go. The only "must haves" are competence, a willingness to take criticism and eagerness to learn. Looking professional and put together is a "bullet point" or checklist item, your value is the only thing you should concern yourself with.

Oct 14, 2014

gym shorts, ripped up v-neck with a few blood stains on it ,Ferragamo loafers and a fedora

Oct 15, 2014

In a word, "RennFaire"

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Oct 15, 2014

VESTS

Oct 15, 2014

its much more casual than banking in general I would add. (no suits unless investor meetings)

Oct 15, 2014

ed hardy or gtfo

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Oct 15, 2014

Perhaps I asked the wrong way. I know the look for men is well-fitting jeans and a blazer or nicely tailored shirt. I'm quite interested in what you see women wearing.

Oct 15, 2014

it's fall stupid. yoga pants, fur vests, uggs, and PSL

on a serious note, I have no idea. if you have a mentor, call and ask them.

Oct 15, 2014

That kind of stuff makes you say "that person looks awesome?"

Oct 14, 2014
CMB416:

Perhaps I asked the wrong way. I know the look for men is well-fitting jeans and a blazer or nicely tailored shirt. I'm quite interested in what you see women wearing.

Are you asking because you're a woman wondering what to wear to an upcoming job? I'd say >95% of the people on here are male and believe it or not, most guys rarely have a clue what woman are wearing and are just sneaking cleavage or ass glances. I remember seeing a couple of threads regarding woman's clothes that you may be able to search for.

@"ArcherVice" is correct. Just dress similarly to how everyone else in the office dresses, and regardless of the dress code, from totally tech casual to formal business, just look sharp. And no one gives a shit about brands. If they did they'd work in the fashion industry or for GQ.

Oct 14, 2014

I've covered women's business attire in previous posts, look there for more in depth guidance. Off the top of my head, it's fall and in a laid back office setting, I'd look at Peruvian connection, Pringle of Scotland, burberry, kate spade, tahari, ann taylor, ralph lauren etc... No need to re-invent the wheel, it's all dependent on what your style is but once again. This is a bullet point, nothing more. No guy (except me) is going to recognize what designer your clothes are from, all that matters is you look well kept and presentable.

Again, your work product and attitude - trump all.

Oct 15, 2014
ArcherVice:

Pringle of Scotland

Pringle is da shiznit!

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Oct 15, 2014

silk, nothing touches this body but silk!!!

Oct 15, 2014

i did a bus tour recently with a HF guy who wore a hoodie.

Oct 15, 2014

I sat next to Leon Cooperman at a play a few weeks ago and he was complaining to his wife about how expensive the tickets were. The seats weren't even that amazing either.

Oct 24, 2014

#ValueInvestor

Oct 15, 2014

a hoodie - completely serious

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Oct 16, 2014

Apple Bottom jeans + boots with the fur

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Oct 17, 2014

Full body juicy - velour.

Oct 17, 2014

Lax pinnies

mbavsmfin:

I don't wear watches bro. Because it's always MBA BALLER time!

Oct 17, 2014

I work in the same building that the hedge fund Paulson & Co has their offices in and I've seen John Paulson go in/out of the building on a few occasions. I usually see him wearing a very nice Savile Row suit, Charvet shirts and shoes by John Lobb. If there ever was such a thing as a "hedge fund look" (old school hedge fund, not a quant fund like D.E. Shaw, etc.), my vote would be for that.

Oct 24, 2014

TC, check out Theory. http://www.theory.com/womens/womens,default,sc.html

They're my favorite brand for formal menswear, and their women's biz wear is super professional, while not looking toolish.

Also, many girls I've met on the buy-side have the coat below, in black. It's almost like a finance-female uniform piece.

http://us.burberry.com/diamond-quilted-jacket-p370...

Oct 24, 2014

in all seriousness, i can always spot the Citadel/Surveyor guys at conferences because they all have 'the look.'

Oct 24, 2014

I always respect the "I don't give a fuck what I'm wearing because I have more money than you" look.

Oct 24, 2014
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Oct 25, 2014

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."