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post #16 of 35
Stages of Coworker(CW) office attire denial
  • CW does not say anything about clothes upon meeting, but notices and is caught gazing often
  • CW makes sarcastic comment about tie/shirt as you become acquainted
  • CW makes expected comment about perceived homosexual styling
  • CW approaches OP about something of the "least gay" nature - typically shoes - and asks innocent question
  • CW quietly ends sarcasting commenting about you clothes
  • CW subscribes to GQ and googls "mens style" in hopes of keeping up with you without appearing to need help
  • CW shows up with black slacks, terrible winter weather salted black dress shoes, black tie with monochromatic shirt from express and gaudy watch
  • CW eventually begins discussing style with the dapper OP and OP begins the process of slowly crushing the "style" of CW with classic truths and style maxims
post #17 of 35
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum View Post
+1.

Then again, I've worn purple trousers to work before, so I might not be the best person to ask.

post #18 of 35
Either you work in the dullest office in california ...

OR

They were making fun of you because normally YOU never wear color. Ask yourself honestly if a solid purple tie is a departure from office norms, or your personal norms.
post #19 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum View Post
+1.

Then again, I've worn purple trousers to work before, so I might not be the best person to ask.

+1

I go in with lime green, orange, electric blue, etc. pants and don't get me started on the shirts/sweaters. When we bought another company and they moved into the new space before us I had a VP come to the old office and say to me I'm needed there, there's no one there with style
post #20 of 35
"colorful"
Is that being used
as a euphemism?
post #21 of 35
when i hear this stuff I just laugh...

once had a guy come into our store and say that he needed to buy 5 white shirts and 5 black pants.

his office boss told him they were to dress conservative so only black and white was allowed and navy plain ties only.

i was like you should find a new job.
post #22 of 35
It's the tie. Too loud. Wear that shirt with a dark, deep purple and no one would say a word.

I have a feeling most people (read: not SF'ers who wear 2" cuffs and other showoff things) would find it too colorful or loud. If you want to wear it, wear it. Just deal with anything that comes with it.
post #23 of 35
No.
post #24 of 35
You need to learn how to dimple a tie. Try again.
post #25 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
Stages of Coworker(CW) office attire denial
  • CW does not say anything about clothes upon meeting, but notices and is caught gazing often
  • CW makes sarcastic comment about tie/shirt as you become acquainted
  • CW makes expected comment about perceived homosexual styling
  • CW approaches OP about something of the "least gay" nature - typically shoes - and asks innocent question
  • CW quietly ends sarcasting commenting about you clothes
  • CW subscribes to GQ and googls "mens style" in hopes of keeping up with you without appearing to need help
  • CW shows up with black slacks, terrible winter weather salted black dress shoes, black tie with monochromatic shirt from express and gaudy watch
  • CW eventually begins discussing style with the dapper OP and OP begins the process of slowly crushing the "style" of CW with classic truths and style maxims

Where does getting a bespoke cape fit amongst all this?
post #26 of 35
I am surprised to learn that the Amish are now working in finance.
post #27 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by ktrp View Post
They were making fun of you because normally YOU never wear color. Ask yourself honestly if a solid purple tie is a departure from office norms, or your personal norms.
This is what I thought when I read your post. If you typically dress like a typical worker bee and then one day show up dressed differently, people will take notice and comment. I think change in one's wardrobe should be gradual. Given my work environment, I get away with wearing some crazy shit. Had I been wearing "crazy shit" from day one it would not have been well received. However, I started by nailing the CBD classic looks and then progressively pushing the envelope. Now, instead of colleagues making snide remarks they'll ask me for advice. This is also awkward (the last guy who asked for advice wanted to know where he could get wool office pants for under $100) but less awkward than receiving unwanted comments.
post #28 of 35
Looks fine to me.
post #29 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post
I am surprised to learn that the Amish are now working in finance.

Yes, but they can only use abacuses - no PC's

Insofar as the OP's original question, do I personally think that the shirt/tie combo was "too colorful" - no. Was it colorful enough to make two insecure hetero men comment - obviously yes (there is nothing like a strong color to bring out insecurities in straight men - especially purple). Take a word of advice from an openly gay man - ignore isht from insecure hetero men - it's worked for me for several decades.
post #30 of 35
Looks fine to me. I'm dead set against ever wearing a tie w/o a jacket, though. Screams "high school homecoming" to me. I'd wear the particular combo above with a tan suit (don't actually own one, just saying what I think would look good on a warm LA day.
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