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Where They Really Care What You Wear to Work

A few years ago, we had a 1st year analyst walk across the trading floor with a Gucci ‘G’ belt buckle. “Hey bubba, I didn’t know The Gap made belts,” bellows out a trader. “Um, it’s Gucci,” the kid snaps back. The words are barely out of his mouth before he realizes he’s being mocked in front of half a dozen guys and just made it a lot worse. That was all it took; the kid was never able to earn even a modicum of respect after that, and ended up leaving the firm less than a year later.

You know that uncomfortable scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Anne Hathaway snorts when Meryl Streep and the other editors are trying to put together an outfit for a shoot? The lesson was you shouldn’t pretend that clothes don’t matter at a place where everyone cares about clothes. Apparently, everyone cares about what you wear at Goldman Sachs too.


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I hate all those people. I have nothing else to say about this, I guess.

Gekko notwithstanding, the blue shirt/white collar is TERRIBLE.

annecara (#1,914)

“a $50 t-shirt will save numerous $200 dress shirts from your disgusting armpits.”

…that’s $50 for several multi-packs of undershirts, right? Right????

Beaks (#3,488)

@annecara That’s what I’m telling myself.

sunflowernut (#1,638)

Eughhhhhhhhhhhhhh. What a bunch of losers.

madrassoup (#929)

Thanks, but I could have done without knowing what a group of insecure, classist and racist man-children have to say about fashion.

Beaks (#3,488)

For some reason, I’m really stuck on the socks thing. 20 pairs of socks every six months just seems…nuts. Of course, my husband had to make me buy new socks when it was clear that the ones I was wearing had probably died a year prior, so I’m probably pretty far on the other side of the sock replacement spectrum.

Also, buying your housekeeper a shoe shine kit for christmas is probably the worst christmas present ever.

Allison (#4,509)

@Beaks yeah I’m of the ‘buy socks when I lose them’ variety. and mine are all the athletic variety, except when I get cool knee highs from sockdreams or where ever

annecara (#1,914)

@Beaks Right?? Shine your own damn shoes.

thejacqueline (#799)

Paul Allen has mistaken me for this dickhead Marcus Halberstram. It seems logical because Marcus also works at P&P and in fact does the same exact thing I do and he also has a penchant for Valentino suits and Oliver Peoples glasses. Marcus and I even go to the same barber, although I have a slightly better haircut.

2for1cheesecake (#3,591)

@thejacqueline Yes, perfect.

wrappedupinbooks (#1,426)

I’m 90% sure the person/people who run that twitter account are either interns or brand new analysts, ie fratatsitc bros between the ages of 19 and 23. So, at least there is a sliver of hope that they’ll grow up and get their heads out of their asses.

@wrappedupinbooks Ahahahahaha. It’s funny that you think like that.

wrappedupinbooks (#1,426)

@Jake Reinhardt it’s a coping mechanism

Kimberly Alison (#4,465)

I feel so incredibly lucky to work in a shoes-optional office.

NoName (#3,509)

While I also object to the douchey tone of this, I think it’s naive to think that the way a person dresses at work has no bearing on their professional mobility. I always err on the side of dressy, “office” type clothes (and I work in a warehouse).

Are there really people who care whether their coworkers are wearing 2-button or 3-button suits, or if their socks are 7 months old, or if they wore the same tie 2 weeks ago?

Square-toed dress shoes do look dumb, though.

themegnapkin (#444)

@cuminafterall but what’s wrong with brogues?

Derbel McDillet (#1,241)

“Decent $700 shoes will last you 3-4x times longer than something you pick up from Bloomingdale’s for $300. Do the math.”

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

s. dekker (#3,301)

@Derbel McDillet I think they mean the $50 shoes my dad buys at Kohl’s…right?

To the motherfucking barricades, citoyens!

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

I don’t see the problem with the article. Investment bankers make a lot of money (if they’re successful). What’s wrong with spending some of it on clothes?

WhyHelloThere (#1,398)

That article has got to be parody. It’s parody, right? Please tell me it’s parody!

Markovaa (#1,509)

Was I the only person who read the article wondering why the author only thought men worked at Goldman? I rarely play the sexism card but with the lack of even a MENTION of women plus the douchebag tone, it was all too much.

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