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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by D.B.Cooper View Post

I have to admit that I'm a bit surprised by the unanimous opinion here. I've never offered any unsolicited advice at work either, and I don't plan to start doing it. I figured someone would pipe up with an example or two of an instance where things worked out well. Like I said, it's not a risk I'm willing to take with anyone other than a very close friend.

Are you some how responsible for the person? Is his image causing problems for the company?
post #17 of 30
Mostly right except remove the word clothing and it's even better.

Don't give advice to people who aren't asking for it.
post #18 of 30
unless you're mensimageconsultant, keep suggestions and advise to yourself. and if I may add- even if the guy asks your opinion, just be gracious and nice, give very very short concise advise and leave it at that.
post #19 of 30

I thin k itf you're good friends with him it's easy to give advice but it can tricky to give out unsolicited ones.

post #20 of 30

As much as it bothers to see a great percentage of men don't get the basics on men's clothing, I keep the advice to myself. But, I got to admit I did it once, purposely to be an ass. I was actually at Nordstrom and I got to say more than half of men who works in there don't get it it either. Sometimes I ask myself how relevant is that stuff anyways when 90% of men don't get it and don't care, yet, they live their lives and do what they suppose to do unaffected by it.

post #21 of 30
I agree that 99.999999% of the time, you should keep it to your self. One exception might be if you had underlings that frequently met clients or in general represented your department. In this case, assuming they were dressed considerably slovenly, I would say something...
post #22 of 30

If anything, if it affected his work or the Company in some way, I would just casually point it out in a fun way.  Like, "nice shoes, barney rubble gave them to you?" or something that would make him pause and think and give him a chance to reevaluate.

 

I would never go, "hey man, have you heard of Alden? come in my office, let me show you some shoes, I think they would be perfect for you."  lol8[1].gif

 

 

post #23 of 30
As everyone said never. The only time I've ever really offered "advice" was when presented with a few situations on debating the level of frattiness of ones clothes, where I would respond the reason I'm not wearing a PRL shirt with a pony on it and instead am wearing a Gitman / Thom Browne shirt because...same deal explaining why I am still wearing Polo jeans in the version of RRL vs standard polo jeans. But most of this is joking and it's never in a professional situation.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by D.B.Cooper View Post

Under what circumstances, if any, is it appropriate to give unsolicited clothing/style advice to someone of equal or lower rank at work? If appropriate, what's the best way to deliver the advice?
My situation: there's a guy at work I respect a lot who happens to be a couple rungs lower than I am on the org chart. His general appearance could be improved substantially with some small changes (e.g., better shoes, v-neck t-shirts, etc.). I'd like to help him out, but I don't know him well enough to be considered a friend.
Anyone have an experience to share?

That's an improvement over what, exactly? A wife-beater t-shirt?
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post


That's an improvement over what, exactly? A wife-beater t-shirt?


I am thinking that he is wearing crew-neck that shows, 99.9999% of people do that, some even claim it to be to be their style.

post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Manofstyle85 View Post



I am thinking that he is wearing crew-neck that shows, 99.9999% of people do that, some even claim it to be to be their style.

So he's not wearing a tie?
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by Dbear View Post

If anything, if it affected his work or the Company in some way, I would just casually point it out in a fun way.  Like, "nice shoes, barney rubble gave them to you?" or something that would make him pause and think and give him a chance to reevaluate.

I would never go, "hey man, have you heard of Alden? come in my office, let me show you some shoes, I think they would be perfect for you."  lol8%5B1%5D.gif


I don't know why, but I kind of feel the former is more offensive than the latter.
post #28 of 30
Never give unsolicited advice to anyone at work. Personally even if someone who is not a direct report asks for clothing advice a would politely respond not to worry about it.

If a direct report's clothing is affecting work then they should politely but directly be told in private to improve and given concrete examples how this can be done.
post #29 of 30
This thread would be better if someone would draw an organization chart showing in which box each guy posting in this thread sits.

Then, we could connect the boxes with both solid lines and dotted lines...and indicate arrows and stuff.

FWIW, I find it most pleasant be silent and then to set an unattainable example to others.
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

FWIW, I find it most pleasant be silent and then to set an unattainable example to others.


That's something to strive for

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