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Nov 5, 2008 4:12 am

Hi All,

I need to know what would be considered a decent attire for a trainee who has just joined a firm. Last time I went for my interview, I felt a bit too over dressed in a Suit and a tie as the guys interviewing me were wearing regular pants and shirts with a blazer on.
Now that im joining as a trainee, what do the pros suggest I should go with ?
Something to consider is that Im located in South Florida and its always freaking hot over here.
 
Suits? Shirt and Pants with a Tie or Shirt and Pants w/o a tie ?
 
Advice will be much appreciated.
Thanks
 
Mani
Nov 5, 2008 9:13 am

What do you expect an attorney or CPA to wear in your area?

 
That's your starting point.
Nov 5, 2008 9:19 am

It varies from office to office.  Better to start out being over-dressed than under-dressed.  But at the first natural opportunity simply ASK what your boss considers to be the appropriate dress.

You'd be amazed at what you can learn by simply asking questions.

Nov 5, 2008 2:23 pm

The golden rule:

Its always better to be the best/over dressed guy in the room, than the schlub who didn't bother.  Play it out your first few days with the suit, if you still get the casual vibe, plan accordingly.
Nov 5, 2008 3:37 pm

I agree with everyone else here, better to be the only guy in a suit than the only guy not in a suit.  Wear a nice suit your first day and then get a feeling for what's acceptable after that.

Nov 5, 2008 4:28 pm

Wear a suit with button-collar shirt.  If you end up being way over-dressed, you could always remove the tie.  Hard to be over-dressed without a tie.

Nov 5, 2008 5:54 pm

You're in FL?  -  Screw the tie, dress pants, and oxford.  Board shorts, funky print Hawaiian shirt, and sandals are the way to go. 

 
Or if you are in a retired neighborhood - dress shorts, no belt, polo shirt with elastic around both the arms and waist, black dress socks, penny loafers, and throw in some big funky glasses with those huge wrap around sunglasses just for fun.  You'll blend right in and make those retired folks with money feel right at  home.  They'll think you're the best thing since Perry Como (if you don't know who he is you might want to ask your Grandma).     
Nov 6, 2008 8:53 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA  Spiff you did it again!

Nov 6, 2008 1:25 pm

Like a scene out of "Cocoon"

 
(Mani, that movie was probably made the year you were born - 1985.  Damn I'm getting old.)
Nov 6, 2008 6:23 pm

It's simple, dress as professional as you expect people to think you are at first glance. Who cares what your boss is wearing. He's not the one that will convince people you are the one they should trust their future too.

Nov 7, 2008 3:05 am

Thanks everone for the awesome pieces of advice. I'll go with the suit then and yeah a tie also

 
@Spiff: hahaha the only thing missing in your description was a old 72 caddi coupe
 
@B24: heheh Born 81
Nov 7, 2008 9:51 am

... you old guys crack me up

Nov 8, 2008 3:00 am


 
iceco1d:
mani:

 
@B24: heheh Born 81


That makes 2 of us!   
 
Nov 15, 2008 1:47 pm

No offence Mami.....have been out of the loop for awhile. Glad to see that Members still resort to asking how to dress Nothing changes.

Or you could have asked your Dad.
Dec 12, 2008 4:49 pm

Have you failed to watch "Boileroom" on pay per view lately? Some of the best 'dress for success' guidance there my friend. 

Dec 13, 2008 11:06 am

Just back from a bit of a mini vacation in the Caribbean. With all the " poop " that is going on and Dress For Success Questions

Let's really stretch here......how about some plain simple common sense. If you are asking about business attire ...... do you really think you are ready for a career in Financial Sales
Jan 21, 2009 10:10 am

I always over dress because yes, I am better than everyone else

Jan 21, 2009 10:12 am
norway401:

Just back from a bit of a mini vacation in the Caribbean. With all the " poop " that is going on and Dress For Success Questions

Let's really stretch here......how about some plain simple common sense. If you are asking about business attire ...... do you really think you are ready for a career in Financial Sales



He isnt asking that, He's asking pros what is comfortable so that he can mesh.

If he is overdressed, He may feel out of place, Which I did at first

But at my firm, I was too , overdressed at first and still am.

But yes, you are right because you have to dress w/ confidence to feel confident and project it over the phone IMO

Nov 24, 2009 10:44 pm

How about a black 'beater, white linen capri's, tweezed eye brows, a ridiculous tan and a "Growing Up Gotti" blow-out hairdo.... Who wouldn't want to buy a biotech trading at $.16? Jager-Bomb!!!!

 
Start with a suit and tie, shoes and maybe a belt. Put about $250MM in AUM and you can wear whatever you want. Until then hit up Marshalls and go to town.
Nov 25, 2009 3:09 pm

This thread was posted over a year ago.

 
Mani probably started, washed out, started at Jones, wased out again, and now sells "quality investment" to his close friends and family through Primerica, while starting his mani-pedi business.