Wall Street Women: Dress Code of Silence -Micro Morons
Suits For Women Before 1980 • Skirts below the knees • Tops usually came up to the neck • Accentuated fashion
Suits in the 80‘s • Large shoulder pads supported wider cut sleeves • Women started wearing pants • Feminine bowties were used to soften the manly appearance
Suits in the 90’s to present day • Suits became more feminine • Tops were cut lower • Women could wear skirts or pants • Colors became more neutral
Men “Business Casual” Khakis Suits Chinos and Izod (Is a type of golf clothes, not acceptable for women at the “Casual Events”) Women Pant Suits (Used particularly for board meetings) Sweaters and Jackets (For the hedge-fund clients) Dresses (not frilly or girly) High Collars and Sober Suits (A safe way to dressing nice) Business Attire… Men vs. Women:
Business Attire… Men vs. Women: • Main reason for women dressing up “appropriately”, in more cases better then men, is to show authority. • What women wear becomes the embodiment of their company. • Most women don’t want to talk about fashion openly, for fear of appearing frivolous.
Women’s thoughts about business attire: • “It’s very important for women to be women and not little men.” - Ms. Rahl (President of Capital Market Risk Advisors) • “I hadn't realized people were looking at my clothes. It was like an epiphany.” - Ms Murren (Chief Executive of Nevada Cancer Institute) • “I feel that I have a responsibility to project the right image.” - Ms. Firestone (Aureus Asset Management)
Designers Who do Wall Street • Ann Taylor • Sigrid Olsen • Ellen Tracy • Piazza Sempione • Akris • Many More…
Karen Firestone • Works for Aureus Asset Management. • She was nervous about discussing her wardrobe. • This was for fear that it would distract attention away from her firm’s accomplishments. • Stated that she often wears dresses that aren’t frilly or girly. • If they are short sleeve she wears a jacket around her clients.
Karen Firestone • She wears Piazza Sempione, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, and Dolce & Gabbana. • She hopes her clothes are “hip in a sophisticated way.”