Smart pants and stripes in Finance

What type of workwear comes to mind when you think about people who work in banks?

Did you think “suits and pinstripes”?

That’s what automatically came to mind for me! However now that I’ve worked from, in and around banks for a while now, I’ve come to realise how broadly bank-workes can dress.

See, there are lots of roles within a bank; some front-office (aka client-facing, generally staff in these roles wear a uniform issued by the bank) but many, many more are back-office. Back-office roles can be in departments such as Treasury, Marketing, People & Culture and so forth- they perform the functions of the bank but don’t deal directly with customers. From what I’ve seen, some work days may be more formal than others – say suits for important meetings but then Contemporary Business Wear smart pants/skirts/dresses and no ties for those getting-work-done days. Friday is increasingly becoming Smart Casual.

Today’s BusiChic exemplifies this new approach to dressing for a day in the office, showing how casual Contemporary Business Wear can be:

Mandy works in Finance

Mandy works in a Bank but doesn’t have to wear a suit. Here she’s paired a traditional business shirt (albeit in a fashionably tailored style) with a more casual take on the work pant.

Mandy has business chic hair that shows personality

Polished hair and make-up keep the professionalism in Mandy’s ensemble.

Rose gold watch offers something a little different

Other components of Mandy’s polished look include her belt and watch.

Who said you cannot wear red shoes at work

Colourful classic pointed toe stilettos add interest and an element of “fabulous” to Mandy’s work outfit.

Mandy wears: 

Shirt – Rhodes and Beckett
Pants and belt – Zara
Watch – Fossil
Shoes – Wittner
Eye makeup – Rimmel London

Interview with a BusiChic 

Thanks Mandy for taking the time to share more of what she uses to create her business chic style for her role in a bank!

Your favourite brands for workwear? 

Rhodes and BeckettSaba, Cue, Country Road and I like to throw Sass & Bide into a work outfit occasionally for a bit of fun.

Your favourite blogs, sites, mags and books to keep your finger on the pulse?

When I feel the wardrobe needs some sprucing up, I go to my trusted shops from years of experience..and they don’t disappoint. Otherwise I’ll wonder through DJs/Myer and see what catches my eye. If I dont want to be wearing what everyone else is, I’ll go to the boutique stores on Chapel St. Mix and matching, and not being afraid to experiment.

Your favourite make up, haircare ad skincare to create your office look? Any products that particularly rock your boat would be great!

Makeup – I like to keep it neat and simple. Bobbi Brown for foundation and concealer, and Estee Lauder for finishing powder and blush. I’ve used these products for years.

Skincare – L’occitane Angelica range (cleanser, toner and face cream)

Haircare – with my hair it’s from the inside out. I add coconut oil to my cooking and this has thickened my hair and I’ve also seen clearer skin. I love juicing, exercising and eating healthy overall. That’s one of the biggest things that contributes to good hair – not too precious about the products used though

Love the shoes you are wearing so what do you look for in a good work shoe? Who are your go-to brands?

Nine West!! Their shoes are the ultimate comfort and style combo. Sometimes I’m on my feet all day running workshops or traveling for work…on  those long days, my NWs are a must (plus I usually get the bonus of compliments too). I also love my Toni Bianco wedges in summer, again can’t go wrong for comfort and style. I still cannot resist the classic closed front stiletto work shoe now and again, especially when wearing pants – no pain, no gain.

Your favourite quote:

It’s a bit longer but one of my favourite quotes ever:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

// Thanks Mandy, you’ve totally got me thinking about adding some coconut oil to my cooking!

I hope that provides some insight into the changing dress codes for those who work in Finance.


  1. Mandy looks GREAT. Love how she adds those little accessories but sets her worlds apart!

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