Originally Posted by gladhands
My boss actually just complimented the look. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that no one really scrutinizes our clothes the way that we do.
The human brain is highly attuned to spotting differences in the order of things, while drowning out the usual status quo and treating it as background noise. And the default polite position is to compliment someone's clothing when you notice it. Since differences from the norm get noticed, and something that gets noticed gets complimented, something different usually gets complimented -- even if that compliment is not always sincere. Incidentally, this is why people on SF occasionally (and mistakenly) regard compliments-received as a measure of a successful outfit. Sometimes it's just the opposite.