Originally Posted by Mudhiker
I just started working at a firm that manufactures electronic assemblies. Nobody wears a tie. But the bosses and Engineers wear polos, slacks, and OCBDs. So it's easy to dress right. It would be wrong to wear a tie in this environment, but I work in the Engineering department so I dress like them. That is, I dress better than them, but I don't dress above them. Looking (and acting) sharp is the way to go. Just don't be pretentious.
Don't let anyones, especially the bosses ignorance dictate your enjoyment of life or how you dress. To do so is to willingly enter into communism, fascism, slavery or worse, though I will agree that one shouldn't act pretentiously about it. You are there to work, and the only thing any boss worth working for should be concerned with, is your productivity. You enjoy your clothes and let them enjoy their big houses, cottages, country clubs, expensive jewelry, trophy wives, cars, boats, planes and golden parachutes.