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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by pejsek View Post
OTOH, even at my age I like to think I can still rock the Yohji on occasion.

As public service message to all SF brethren, if you're over 30 and still rokkin the earring, let it go, let - it - go.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
A bespoke navy hopsack suit would seem to be the perfect compromise.

A little bit country. A little bit rock 'n roll.


- B

+1000
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Positive comments from gay women would then be the mother lode.


- B

I'd have to off myself.
post #19 of 28
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I'd have to switch teams.

FTFY
post #20 of 28
I also work in advertising and face the same challenge - maybe more so as I'm 50. I've found a couple of ways that work for me - but I'm definitely open to hearing other suggestions and experiences.

One approach I have is to wear classic clothing, but with a twist. For example, color: I have a pair of bottle green trousers, very slim cut. Paired with a sports coat, FC shirt etc, it makes a classic look but the color shows you're using your imagination. Another option is to mix in a single item that's not so classic. You have to be careful with this, but for example I frequently wear FC shirts - sometimes solids or classic patterns, sometimes bolder - with jeans. Or dress pants in say POW check with a dress shirt, but with a jeans jacket. It's not for everyone, but it shows some spirit. Also, in my office, my colleagues only wear suits for important meetings, but I occasionally wear a suit just because "I feel like it"... adds an element of surprise. One other opportunity is the bow tie... I use this a lot, again, to add an unexpected note.

The aim is to show creativity - that you're wearing classic clothing, not because you have no imagination, but because you DO - that it's your way of being creative without resorting to the cliché of graphic T, jeans and Converse. Someone on this board has a signature line "I dress to express, not to impress," and I think that's the key.

I know some of these suggestions are SF heresy, but they work for me personally, they work for my environment, and they work for the business image I need to project.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Non-comformity of any type in a workplace setting is unwise unless one or more of the following conditions are true for you: you are in charge; you are not in charge but your abilities and performance make you uniquely valuable; your professional calling card requires non-conformity and calling attention to yourself; or others and you don't give a shit.

The last characteristic is exceedingly rare. Even for the others, there still is the matter of the difference between what you can get away with, on one hand, and on the other, what might serve your professional rather than private goals the best.

But, are there really adults who do not know this?


- B

What he said.


- B
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks TintinATL. I shall ponder your advice. Not quite sure I'd have the audacity to pull it off, but I'll definitely consider it. A private viewing for my wife will ultimately decide whether the combination will make it to the office or be restricted to the house! (she does have a very good eye...)
post #23 of 28
Wear what makes you most comfortable. In two weeks everyone with stop making their snarky little comments even sooner if you are ready with some quips of your own.

I recently had somewhat of a similar epiphany on how I dress outside the office. I realize with two young girls at home, I don't want to look like the dad trying too hard to be cool.

Goodbye stan smith and hello brogues on the weekend.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post
As public service message to all SF brethren, if you're over 30 and still rokkin the earring, let it go, let - it - go.

You know, I don't think this quite gets it. The unsentimental truth--and I'm sorry to be breaking this to so many WAYWRN posters--is that the stylish can make almost anything look good while the unstylish struggle with even the finest raw ingredients. Life is so unfair.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by pejsek View Post
You know, I don't think this quite gets it. The unsentimental truth--and I'm sorry to be breaking this to so many WAYWRN posters--is that the stylish can make almost anything look good while the unstylish struggle with even the finest raw ingredients. Life is so unfair.

Don't forget the women.

And better parking spots.


- B
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by TintinATL View Post
I also work in advertising and face the same challenge - maybe more so as I'm 50. I've found a couple of ways that work for me - but I'm definitely open to hearing other suggestions and experiences. One approach I have is to wear classic clothing, but with a twist. For example, color: I have a pair of bottle green trousers, very slim cut. Paired with a sports coat, FC shirt etc, it makes a classic look but the color shows you're using your imagination. Another option is to mix in a single item that's not so classic. You have to be careful with this, but for example I frequently wear FC shirts Рsometimes solids or classic patterns, sometimes bolder Рwith jeans. Or dress pants in say POW check with a dress shirt, but with a jeans jacket. It's not for everyone, but it shows some spirit. Also, in my office, my colleagues only wear suits for important meetings, but I occasionally wear a suit just because "I feel like it"... adds an element of surprise. One other opportunity is the bow tie... I use this a lot, again, to add an unexpected note. The aim is to show creativity Рthat you're wearing classic clothing, not because you have no imagination, but because you DO - that it's your way of being creative without resorting to the clich̩ of graphic T, jeans and Converse. Someone on this board has a signature line "I dress to express, not to impress," and I think that's the key. I know some of these suggestions are SF heresy, but they work for me personally, they work for my environment, and they work for the business image I need to project.
This is exactly the type of thing I do. I always liked dressing in unexpected ways. I continue to do so, but with my eye on classic pieces, for lack of another term, with a twist.
post #27 of 28
You either have style or you don't. There's no in-between.
post #28 of 28
Color and fit - check. Flannel, to some, is an old-fashioned material. Traditional-looking shoes, such as many wingtips, can look "old." A full suit probably is too much. The problem is easily dealt with in, say, a client.
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