Originally Posted by ginlimetonic
i think common sense & practicality overrules satorical (sic) looks.
This statement doesn't compute.
Besides, the former two do not necessarily preclude the latter.
Originally Posted by Ahab
Most others you can get away with a lot. Maybe even jeans.
I would not recommend that but you will be surprised what people will wear. If you dress too sharply they may think you are a contractor. But under a 14 at most agencies you should be more than fine with slacks and tie. A suit for the first day would be nice and see how it plays.
+1. It bears repeating that the sartorial standards in DC are...
Originally Posted by freeAgent
Personally, I think wearing underwear under pants defeats the purpose of pants. Since pants absorbs moisture equivalent to 20% its weight without getting wet, you are supposed to sweat into your pants, I think. Unless of course, if you feel self-conscious about your junk showing through the crotch, in which case, underwear may be justified.
Sorry, I couldn't help it.
(for all those confused, see...
Originally Posted by voxsartoria
I think that the pendulum will shortly swing to wearing a t-shirt over a...what is that phrase again?..oh, yes, collared shirt.
The pendulum has already swung. Saw someone doing this just this Friday night.
Originally Posted by ManofKent
I get the impression that they're probably slightly more common in the UK (at least in the country/provinces) whilst in the states bow-ties often fill the same position.
I would actually contest this statement. I think bowties are more formal than ascots. While I could definitely get away with wearing a bowtie to work - albeit perhaps attracting some comments and attention - I don't think the same applies...
Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
King Edward II decreed in 1324 that a shoe size equals the length of one barleycorn and three barleycorns laid lengthwise equal one inch.
To this day, the difference in length between a whole shoe-size is one-third-of-an inch (8.5 mm) (Half a size is one-sixth).
Fascinating! Edward II was the one who spent so much time obsessing over his male lovers that he ended up messing things up completely,...
I wear undershirts 90% of time. My approach is:
If wearing a shirt with a tie (i.e. with the collar buttoned) - crew neck undershirt. A v-neck would result in the "V" being visible underneath the shirt (especially if the shirt is white) and the effect is not very nice.
If wearing a shirt sans tie (i.e. with the collar unbuttoned) - v-neck shirt. Undershirt not visible, so none of the sloppy effect that the OP disapproves of.
Personally, I think wearing an...
I never liked J. Press - my impression has been that the clothes seem to be made for oversized, shapeless males. I also can't stand the obsession with single-vented jackets.
But I agree that their contrasting-edge linen pocket squares are really nice.