We reached out to our well-dressed female friends who work on Wall Street and asked for their input.
So here’s our list of ideas for accessories for what every Wall Street women should bring to the office and what to never be caught owning.
For attire, a popular response from the women we asked were Theory suits and separates.
As for the colors, they suggest purchasing them in black, cream, navy blue and muted red.
A Diane Von Furstenberg Dress
We were surprised about this one and excited, too.
One Wall Streeter said its appropriate at some “less conservative” banks to wear a Diane Von Furstenberg dress on Fridays.
That’s perfect for Friday afternoon happy hours.
Keep a cardigan (preferably black) at your desk, says one Wall Street woman.
You never know when the office will be chilly.
Conservative, Comfortable And Stylish Heels
We’re told low-heeled Ferragamo’s or Louboutin’s are popular choices for the well-heeled women of Wall Street.
“Anything over 3 inches will raise eyebrows,” one Wall Street woman told us.
Important: Don’t over-style your boss.
A Pair Of Flats
Flats are essential for women who stand on their feet all day.
The one problem is flats can come off as unprofessional or immature.
A solution is to pick a pair that have nice hardware.
One Wall Streeter suggests owning Tory Burch, Lanvin or Chanel flats, while another recommends Ferragamo flats.
A Nice Watch — but not too nice
A Wall Streeter told us some popular watch makers are Daivd Yurman and Tiffany’s.
She suggests that women on Wall Street avoid the popular boyfriend watches.
“Don’t get something that will make your boss jealous either — it should be feminine without being hot pink.”
Avoid excessive jewelry, the women said saying it’s better to keep it simple.
Be careful with the neck jewelry one Wall Streeter said.
“Simple chain necklace or of-the-moment statement piece (again, depends on the firm and/or status) but nothing that sparkles too aggressively or makes any noise whatsoever.”
Some key pieces worth owning on Wall Street are pearl studs, silver ball studs, simple bracelet and a nice ring.
Speaking of rings, we hear that there’s competition among women at some Wall Street firms over the size of diamond engagement rings.
Nails should be short and manicured.
Popular color suggestions were nude or burgundy.
Makeup on Wall Street should look natural.
“Absolutely no glitter,” says one female Wall Streeter.
For example, at Goldman Sachs there’s an unspoken rule that it’s not cool to wear a lot of makeup.
You’ll also want to have a makeup bag with essentials such as concealer after those 4 a.m-ers, says one source.
Speaking of makeup bags, there was believed to be a makeup thief at Morgan Stanleystealing items such as mascara and bronzer from her co-worker’s makeup bags, while leaving behind cash and diamond earrings.
If you’re working late hours and don’t have time to wash your hair, keep a bottle of baby powder handy.
“It magically makes it look like you just did your hair,” says on Wall Street woman who keeps some at her desk.
Minimal Or No Perfume
One of the women we spoke to said perfume is not appropriate for the office.
“Women smell nice anyway,” she added.
If you absolutely insist on wearing perfume keep it at a minimum.
The UBS dress code manualsays “a scent should at first be perceptible at a distance – an arm’s length – but should be discreet.”
The “Gal Pal” pink sponge you can purchase at almost any drugstore is useful for removing deodorant stains from your black dresses.
A Wall Street woman says others should consider owning a nice leather-bound day planner to keep organized.
A Wall Streeter we spoke to suggested having a nice handbag, but with “no obvious labels.”
That’s because you don’t want your boss, who might be a man, seeing your bag with G’s, LV’s and C’s all over the place. Branded bags like Prada and YSL, for example, are fine after you’ve earned your bonus, but keep them simple, classic, and tasteful.
“Ehhh I wouldn’t do it,” she said.
One popular suggestions is a simple black Longchamp bag, which is also useful for toting gym clothes.
Again, your iPad is the hassle-free way to keep the browser history on your work computer devoid of visits to websites that you might otherwise avoid reading during work hours, for professional reasons.
We suggest using it to “fill your daily Gilt addiction,” says on Wall Street woman.