The Washington Post recently headlined, “All the men are psyched about Goldman Sachs’ relaxed dress code. For everyone else it’s complicated.” The article quoted a professor of psychology, “Do I want to dress down because I don’t want to be seen as this kind of stiff and un-fun person, or do I want to continue dressing up because that’s the only way people will treat me with respect?”
Will Wall Street adapt the discordant form that has always been the paradigm in La La Land where talent agents perform “the Hollywood pirouette” at Craig’s in suit and tie while their clients wear untucked shirts over worn-out jeans?
J. Press remains hip to the new order recognizing the demands placed beyond workplace casual. Our millennials often head over to SoHo House, a three minute walk from the High Line, where suit and tie is no-no. Warm-weather SoHo Club Squeezers tuck or untuck themselves in a polo shirt or a Madras short sleeve shirt paired with poplin trousers or shorts available in a rainbow of colors on the J. Press shelves.
Nevertheless, many J. Press adherents are clubmen respecting the dress rules that would throw them under the bus if they dare enter the premises garbed in business casual. The Yale Club adjacent to our 44th Street store reduces the dress code to collared shirt, but no jeans. The Racquet and Tennis Club on Park Avenue still sings the same song. At the all-male club members jump into the pool naked, but wear suits or sport coats in neckties everywhere except the steam room. Also worth noting, our DC J. Press Metropolitan Club members are required to wear at the least a jacket and tie with dress trousers.
J. Press provides a useful selection of tasteful business casual styles featuring zephyr weight sportcoats and blazers worn comfortably with or without a tie.
Goldman may be dressing down, but J. Press opens the door both ways.