Ever find yourself ridiculously overdressed? to the point of being inappropriate? - Page 3
I live in Ireland and am working in an IT type job. The environment is highly informal with the very odd suit, and occasional tie being seen. Most managers just wear shirt and slacks, which is what I normally wear too.
Most of my Irish colleagues were quite used to a steady improvement in dress, including less denim, more shirts, better shoes, co-ordination etc. But at a recent training session I decided to wear a suit with a tie. The Irish colleagues said little, except to remark that I was well dressed, and had made an effort.
The more techie English and Americans were annoyed that I had dressed up and wondered if I was coming to or going from a wedding or funeral. The business guys were more complimentary!
Another amusing instance of being "overdressed" occurred when I chanced to go to a Good Friday service at a Roman Catholic Church. (I am not an RC, but it seemed like the best option at the moment.) I was wearing a gray suit and dark tie. When I came to the door, the usher said, almost confrontationally, "What is your business here?" "I just want to worship," was my reply. When I entered the church, as far as I could see, no other man was wearing a suit, nor even coat and tie. No few were in T-shirts and jeans. Now, I suppose in relation to the congregation I was was overdressed, but, given that it was for the most solemn and somber day of the Christian year, somehow I don't think I was inappropriately dressed--they were!
Earlier in this thread somebody cited wearing a monocle. Has there been any occasion in the past 80 years or so when wearing a monocle would not fall into the realm of costume?
Weddings are always a little odd. I don a suit, those in my age group, do not. They make slight jabs out loud, I tell the tailor what must be done to salvage the wreckage strewn across their frame in my head. Then I chastise myself for being a dick, even in silence, especially about clothes and forget about attire for the rest of the day.
This thread certainly hits close to home for me, since I'm going camping this weekend and I'm kind of bummed I have to wear a t-shirt and sneakers to not look ridiculous.
At my (casual, anything-goes) workplace, I dress as nice as I can without grossly sticking out. Typically this limits me to a nice shirt and chinos, which probably says something. I add a sweater come winter. On a typical day, a jacket and/or tie would be seen as an affectation since I'm not management.
I've only felt really overdressed once, ant that strangely enough was at a Chinese wedding. Not knowing what to expect(I'd had been in country less than a month), I dressed up as formally as I thought was needed, meaning suit and tie. When I arrived at the venue I was rather shocked when I saw that most people where just wearing their everyday clothes, which included hotpants for the ladies, slacks, trainers, shorts and Tshirt etc for the men. I never felt so awkwardly overdressed in my life.
Both are very formal events in my country(for some only time a year they would put on a suit) so I can't imagine being overdressed in a situation like this. But tbh I'd feel more odd being the only guy underdressed than being only guy without a suit/jacket. trying to hard > peasant