Where do you guys buy your clothes?

I know very little about style and want to upgrade my wardrobe. What are your go to places to find new clothes?

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Oct 5, 2020 - 1:55pm

Suits - all handed down from father. 

Casual:

pants: wear a lot of jeans and chinos all from Bonobos overall great site 

Shirts: a bunch of different schools, sport, random shirts but also purchase J.Crew shirts Often 

Outerwear: combination of vineyard, patagonia, the bay, random places 

Coats: Barbour and north face 

Shoes: reef flops, reebok sneakers, and bludstones 

Oct 5, 2020 - 2:08pm

+1 JohnGutfreund 2 really good suggestions here;

1. J Crew - I get all my casual clothes here. Super inexpensive and is form fitting. Only reason I wouldn't suggest it is if you're on the larger size, they don't cater to that market segment. With their good sales you can get a large quantity of clothing for a very low net cost. 

2. North Face - They make the warmest jacket under $500. If there is interest I can provide the link, but living in Chicago my whole life I've done extensive research. Highly recommend NF. They aren't cheap, and sales are not that common, but paying a premium for a jacket that keeps you very warm when it is zero degrees out is worth it. 

Oct 5, 2020 - 5:48pm

I would say J.Crew is great for like everyday wear, if I am looking for a slightly nicer tee shirt I wear them over college gym shirts. 

Can't stress how good bonobos is, if you are in Manhatten go to the store and try on stuff they have a lot of different combinations. 

North Face and Patagonia coats really last years and have great warranty policies worth the extra price now for a coat that will last decades

  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Oct 5, 2020 - 6:25pm

Casual - Massimo Dutti (no US stores currently but free 2-3 day shipping and returns to US). Also Boggi Milano is great quality, though pricier.

Dress - Charles Tyrwhitt - Go in person to figure out your size of dress shirt then buy 4 shirts at a time during their sales. When GBP was down I'd use a VPN and buy in pounds also using a promo code, was able to get shirts to the US for $25 USD each.

Typically shop sales for all three companies.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Oct 5, 2020 - 10:19pm

Great recommendations, I hadnt heard of any of those brands and those all look solid

Nov 6, 2020 - 5:07pm

Bump on Massimo Dutti, one of my favorites too for women's clothing

For any women who are looking, Massimo Dutti has really nice coats and business casual sweaters too

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 6, 2020 - 6:57pm

I'll second Massimo - always get people saying they like my shirts, sweaters, shoes etc that I get from there.

  • Investment Manager in HF - Other
Oct 5, 2020 - 10:51pm

My recommendations (some similar to other posters):

- dress shirts: Eton - found that these are pretty good quality and good fit for slim people 

- pants: bonobos or Ted baker - bonobos is a great brand and versatile, highly recommend them

- casual clothing/jeans/etc: banana republic or j crew. I never got into the "luxury" brands for casual clothing (Zegna, etc). 
- shoes: Allen Edmonds for dress shoes, cole Haan for more casual shoes

- suits: suit supply or if going for a brand name Isaia or canali 

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Oct 6, 2020 - 12:02am

JCrew, Patagonia, LL Bean, Arcteryx, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Nike, Adidas - that's probably 90% of my wardrobe excluding suits.

Oct 6, 2020 - 5:57am

Off the rack and MTM suits: SuitSupply, Tom Ford, Brooks Brothers, The Armoury and Brioni

Bespoke suits: Duncan Quinn, Huntsman, Alan Flusser, Cad & the Dandy, Leonard Logsdail, Joseph Genuardi, Frank Shattuck, and Eric Jenson

Business shirts: Charles Tyrwhitt and all the above.

Shoes: Carmina, Crocket & Jones, CNES, Alden and Allen Edmonds

Oct 9, 2020 - 7:43am

Casual: mix of Brooks Brothers and Polo RL sport shirts. Columbia t-shirts for super casual stuff like walking my dog. 

Business: no-name white shirts, regular cuffs, Brooks Brothers ties. I don't care if you're talking about 30 years ago or 100 years from now, a white shirt with a Brooks Brothers tie will ALWAYS look good. 

Shoes: Allen Edmonds, both dress and sneaker styles depending on the need. I also have their sandals in 2 styles, surprisingly good. Picked up some Ferragamo loafers recently, haven't worn them yet but looking forward to it. 

Watch: Rolex Daytona. Have my jewelry girl trying to secure me a second Rolex

Accessories: I'm selective about accessories but have a couple things. I use things like Versace scarfs to add a "pop" of color when needed

Oct 18, 2020 - 10:29pm

The two brands that I will recommend to anyone I come across are Mizzen and Main for dress/casual shits and Allen Edmonds for shoes. Figure out what size you are in Mizzen and Main and buy the shirt new off of ebay for 1/2 the price. Allen Edmonds - use Shoebank.com for super cheap shoes. 

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Oct 24, 2020 - 2:48am

Work: keep it simple with Charles Tyrwhitt and suitsupply

Outside of work: I'm very into fashion so I love maison margiela, and saint laurent or other brands which are well-designed and edgier but don't have a ton of branding plastered all over the pieces. For shoes I go with prada, christian louboutin and zegna. I know that this can be seen as gratuitous forsure but I'm very partial to mens high fashion as I mentioned. I think places like uniqlo and jcrew can offer solid basics for those who don't really care about the designer houses but want to show a clean and reserved style but should be careful with styles that can come across as overly preppy such as those from RL, BB or Vineyard Vines (yikes)

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Oct 29, 2020 - 5:12am

Not sure if you're in europe as your name suggests but at least for me coming from fraternity culture at college, preppy just feels dated unless you're on the water or in a spot like nantucket or the likes. That being said, the definition of preppy may have evolved since then and yes, a big problem with preppy was at least in the US, a lot of the clothes were generally one size larger (ie. oxford cotton button down or seersucker jacket)

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Nov 29, 2020 - 3:07am

I agree with you. I guess my perspective is more from the Polo RL given my old fratty days but yeah, RL is the OG in their style and they have different labels which definitely extend way beyond their oxfords, polos, and sweaters.

Oct 24, 2020 - 9:16pm

Casual: Target. Lmao aiming for that FIRE life why not

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Oct 26, 2020 - 10:08am

Most of the year? Dockers perma-crease khakis, Banana Republic sweater and a cheap button-down from Burlington or Costco. Pair it all with a pair of Cole Haan ZeroGrands and you'll look fine.  I swap out the sweater for a company golf polo in the summer.  When your seat is covered in deal toys and certificates what you wear as a buy-side employee is less important.

As to suits, just a couple basic dark suits from any of the names mentioned above is fine.  Yes you can go for the loud jacket lining since nobody's going to see it anyway unless you show it to them, but for the love of god, don't wear black shoes with a navy suit.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 6, 2020 - 2:41am

I know a navy suit looks better with brown shoes but isn't it conservative and okay to go with black shoes that's what I've heard for ib nyc anyways

Nov 29, 2020 - 11:50am

I know a navy suit looks better with brown shoes but isn't it conservative and okay to go with black shoes that's what I've heard for ib nyc anyways

If you're looking to 'go conservative' then don't wear a navy suit in the first place. A very dark brown or oxblood pair of shoes is pretty conservative anyway. A simple rule of thumb would be 'the lighter the louder' with shoes.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Nov 1, 2020 - 1:13am

Besides work attire, I thrift.

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Nov 28, 2020 - 7:49pm

Same...like why not I live in the office. 

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Nov 6, 2020 - 7:45pm

Uniqlo jeans/chinos + banana republic/lululemon/j. crew shirts. My guilty pleasure is to splurge on outerwear though: theory, scotch & soda, and burberry jackets/vests.  

Nov 28, 2020 - 8:04pm

Work
Suit: Hugo Boss, buy in spring they are super cheap. always buy last years a normal $2K suit will be $500
Shoes: Gucci 1953, Allen Edmonds. 
Shirts: Macy's Calvin Klein, They are like $34 but look really clean, sometimes I will wear a Brooks Brothers if they have a sale. 
Tie: Hermes (Only off the RealReal, Like ~$30) or Brooks Brothers its a classic
Pants: Lulu, or Hugo Boss(if they are on sale for like 40% off, usually can find the fall season for cheap in the spring)
Watch: Bruhh ima first year..But will be a oyster perpetual.. just give me 3 years. 

Casual 
Shoes: Nike, sometimes New balance 990's from college(I didn't go to a SEC school)
Shirts: I go to the local thrift store (Goodwill etc..) and buy like 10 shirts for like $1 each. I usually just go with random stuff like some college football t-shirt or maybe a random Carhart shirt. If i'm not in the office what's the point?
Pants: Lulu pre-COVID-19 came home from work and just put on a t-shirt and threw the Nikes on. 
Watch: none.... One day I'll rock the Rolex when I walk my dog but for now naw. 

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  • Intern in VC
Nov 29, 2020 - 3:31am

how do people here feel about watches, do most people still get / want Rolex's etc..? I'm not a watch person but eventually want more than my fitbit lol. I've only ever worked in consulting/VC and didn't notice any special watches there except one dude with an IWC, but I'm going into banking next year and wanna be prepared 

Nov 29, 2020 - 12:00pm

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The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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