The Real Wall Street Dress Code

Who better to help than the aggregated and infinite wisdom of GSElevator, with a comprehensive list of business fashion tips from the halls of Goldman Sachs?

These tips won’t exactly get you laid at Soho House or on the cover of GQ; but on Wall Street and in business, you can’t go wrong taking this advice.

Shoes: No brogues, wing-tipped, or square-toed shoes. Stick with loafers; they’re more comfortable and convenient. If you aren’t confident in your innate fashion sense, keep the shoes black when wearing a suit.

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Belt: This is pretty obvious – nothing garish or obnoxious, and this includes those ridiculous monogrammed silver buckles.

Shirt: The infamous blue shirt and white collar is acceptable, as long as the shade of blue isn’t too deep and accompanied with a power tie. No shirt pockets or collar buttons. Make sure your shirts are tapered appropriately. And if you sweat, wear a damn undershirt, you slob. Besides, a $50 t-shirt will save numerous $200 dress shirts from your disgusting armpits.

Tie: It’s all about the Windsor knot, with the perfectly symmetrical triangle. A half or full Windsor are both fine, depending on the thickness of the tie and the spread of the collar. Everyone has a favorite tie, but don’t wear it every damn week. And sorry interns and analysts, no Hermès – no one cares if you can afford it, you have to earn it.

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Suit: You can’t go wrong with two-button, notched-lapel, and single-breasted. Skip the three-button suit altogether. In terms of color, keep it to various shades of gray and navy, with a few varieties of pinstripes. That’s all you need. No Gucci – it’s the best way of telling people you didn’t always have money. It’s a cliché because it’s true; the most expensive suit is the one you wear the least.

Watch: Forget all about Hublot. It’s a great way to tell people that you’re an idiot who has more money than taste. Hublot was a second-rate brand with third-rate craftsmanship until about 15 years ago when they arbitrarily doubled the price and started paying celebrities and sport figures to wear them. It’s been a marketers’ wet dream.


Accessories: Wedding rings, watches, and cufflinks are the only acceptable form of jewelry for a man. Unless the Dalai Lama gave you that bracelet, leave it at home.

Finally, “an architect is only as good as his builder, and a fashion designer is only as good as your tailor.” There you have it; head to toe.

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