March 30th, 2009 link to (permalink)
Bankers in London are being told to avoid wearing their usual suits and to wear something a bit more hip, to avoid getting beaten to a bloody pulp by G20 protesters. The problem is that a bankers idea of what is hip casual attire will make them look like, well... bankers, Further, since hipsters have been wearing ironic suits from Jarvis Cocker in the 90s to Williamsburg now, fashion experts (huh) are recommending bankers wear suits to avoid standing out. We will let you know when the first trust fund Hoxtenite gets the shit kicked out of him by mistake. From the New York Times:
JPMorgan is allowing its London employees to wear casual attire, including jeans and tennis shoes, according to an internal memo obtained by Forbes. It advises people to avoid briefcasesand laptop bags, in favor of backpacks and plastic carrier bags. This may not be as easy as it sounds, since bankers are used to wearing suits and smart ties to work, The Guardian of London argues. The newspaper's fashion mavens believe the ideal outfit would be the ironic Hoxton suit, which, for New Yorkers, would be similar to the look of a Williamsburg hipster and consist of a brilliantly boring cardigan, neatly buttoned and worn with a skinny-ish tie and narrow-fit trousers.