Beatrice Timpson, a political communications consultant, says YES.The days of the lounge suit are numbered. Its demise is not so much desirable as inevitable. Just as the French Revolution killed off foot-high wigs and knee breeches and the First World War saw morning suits marginalised to weddings, the lounge suit too will lose its ubiquity. Temperate Britain has prolonged the garb’s lifespan – never too hot, never too cold, gentlemen could happily inhabit the same attire all year round.
David Buik, market commentator at Core Spreads, says NO.In 1962, I was sent home to change for being inappropriately attired in wearing a collar-attached shirt, rather than a striped shirt and stiff collar. The manager at the bank where I worked said: “you may not be much of a banker, but at least look like one”. We have certainly moved on since then. But dress code relaxation does not enhance the benefits or the reputation of City culture. Though not a fan of chinos, sneakers and designer stubble, as I look like a badly wrapped present dressed in that manner, it is the fashion today, and I accept it. However, the City tends to be conservative and stooped in tradition. Its main appeal is that it is an international marketplace, open permanently for business. Therefore interpersonal skills and style, as well as experience, are prerequisites.
So when presenting and negotiating financial services directly to clients at the highest and most effective level, being “suited and booted” accordingly sends out the right message.