Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant
Off-topic, but how does that work by physician speciality? A pediatrician and probably a family doctor would benefit, but wouldn't it potentially irk patients that a doctor who might be doing surgery for a serious condition would dress to not be taken seriously?
A clever secretary who'd worked for a half dozen plastic surgeons once observed to me that the trust and closeness of patients to the surgeons was directly proportional to how informally they dressed. Doing particularly badly were the young guys who loved $5000 suits and $200 ties and the very best was an older man who wore slacks and a turtleneck and used the informality to his advantage to increase the perception that he was a friend, not somebody selling you something.
It's not surprising, there are plenty of studies showing tiny things like sitting down massively change people's subjective perception of what went on. Dressing well can send the wrong message sometimes. I don't think you can allow it to dictate what you wear, but I do consciously consider what message my clothing may convey.