Lunchtime Links: Goldman Sachs is a permissive place, where it would be acceptable for women to wear shorts. Nomura isn’t

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If you’re wondering what to wear in the office, the Financial Times has a new wardrobe suggestion: winter shorts for women.

The paper spoke to two female bankers who discussed the virtues of wearing winter shorts in the office. One was Emma Saughton, 28, a risk analyst at Nomura. The other was Sarah Craig, 41, an executive director at Goldman Sachs.

Saughton said she absolutely wouldn’t be wearing any women’s winter shorts to Nomura, on the grounds that they are: “Just not part of business dress code.” At Goldman Sachs, however, Craig declared that shorts would be fairly fine: “GS is a very tolerant place, despite the widespread perceptions,” she told the FT.  “I could get away with them, but I wouldn’t. While shorts are OK for junior staff, on me they would send out the wrong message.”

From this, it may possibly be extrapolated that Nomura is an uptight, besuited, place to work, whereas Goldman is more relaxed. Comments on this subject are welcome.


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