How important is it to "dress for success" when you are starting out in finance...

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

How important is it to "dress for success" when you are starting out in finance? Got my first job in pure finance and want to move up quickly.

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hairygrape
hairygrape

image is everything

if youre not buff, good looking and very confident you wont move up far

TreeEater
TreeEater

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perception_management

Who do you want to be? Who do you want them to think you are? Every facet of your identity can be tailored to be more adaptive in your environment.

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

You actually have to ask?

Snarelure
Snarelure

Not very important (and I say this as a sharp dresser).

No one really cares, and some of the most successful people in finance seem to wear $99 suits without giving a hoot.

Wearing $4,000 suits to "impress" your cubicle friends is a pure waste of money.

Emberburn
Emberburn

Also, that's an extremely American thing to say that you're "dressing for success".

You're not.

You're dressing well because you like it... but to avoid appearing "feminine" (because you care about your looks) you say it's just for your career.

People never talk about "dressing for success" in non-Anglo countries because they're not hung up like you.

Evilember
Evilember

That may be so at the local HR Block, but I'm working at a large corporate company in Seattle. 130k+ employees. Those above me who are young and moved up quick all dress snazzy as fuck. Everything looks nice, eccentric to classic and very well put together. Like they have a personal stylist.

Firespawn
Firespawn

large corporate pure finance company

What did he mean by this?

SniperWish
SniperWish

People never talk about "dressing for success" in non-Anglo countries because they're not hung up like you.

That's because their idea of going to work is taking sticks and shit to make a hut.

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

I mean it's my first job where I am just doing finance shit. I started off doing HR transaction shit, then worked in compensation now mergers and acquisitions.

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

but once they discover 1 thing is bullshit the facade will come crumbling down

StonedTime
StonedTime

Like they have a personal stylist

Or taste. Dressing well isn't some secret dark art.

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

Investment bank?

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

Don't overdress, don't underdress, don't dress the same, don't dress too oddly.
If you are too different, people will feel less empathy.
In a party where everyone wears green, you shouldn't wear black. In a party where everyone uses an exotic costume, you shouldn't wear something simple. In a party where everyone is simple, you shouldn't be exotic.
Mix, fit in.

FastChef
FastChef

They don't move up because they dress well though. You won't get better promotions because you have a Hermès tie rather than a no-name polyester tie.

personal stylist
Meh, they probably lurk Styleforum and "smart" Instagram account, and then go buy indiscriminately the most expensive stuff at Neiman Marcus. I don't even need to see these guys to know how they're dressed.

Excellent meme, chap.

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

If you understand finance better then anyone else around you, you can dress poorly and use your knowledge and work ethic to control your managers and co workers. Develop a relationship where you are always trying to help other people with complicated matters so that they become reliant on you. Then demand a raise or threaten to leave.

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

What a long post to say "wear conservative business dress".

Ignoramus
Ignoramus

What if it's a business where most dress snazzy?

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

Then... wear conservative business dress with a twist. But not too much.

You don't want to "outdress" people who are above you in the hierarchy. Everyone knows the famous anecdote where a guy from senior management cuts the Hermès tie of some young analyst with a pair of scissors, before handing him five $20 bills and saying: "Go buy five $20 ties."

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

Dress in very understated but high quality clothes.
Basically the opposite of wearing something that screams 'look at me'.

farquit
farquit

AllenEdmonds

$400 dollerydoos

Jesus Christ

likme
likme

I have three pairs of Park avenue alone. That said, I got them all worn once or twice from ebay.

Methshot
Methshot

They can be found for $250 USD quite easily, you absolute mark

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

Not bad then actually. My current shoes were 100 and 130

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

giving a shit about your slave uniform

fucking cucks

whereismyname
whereismyname

N-NEET masterrace right? Right mom? Mom?

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

wear a suit
your good to go

how fucking hard can it be nigga

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Wear a white shirt with dark slacks and a tie. Have a jacket at your desk for meetings. Everything fitting is far more important than brand.

askme
askme

I've heard its hard for Americans to find form-fitting clothing, even for suits. A tailor may be needed to make alterations.

Flameblow
Flameblow

I've heard its hard for Americans to find form-fitting clothing, even for suits.
probably because 99% of americans looks like huge melting heaps of garbage

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

I buy cheap, $200, Italian-cut suits. Get compliments on the regular. Don't pay more than you have to. Get a body that looks good in a standard fit, and you'll spend very little on tailoring, as well as not having to buy anything high end.

likme
likme

bonus points for selfdestructive ego.

hairygrape
hairygrape

Very helpful, thank you very much, you kind sir.

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