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post #31 of 83
CBD, country Fridays. I belong to a more fundamentalist camp.
post #32 of 83
Work in biglaw, have not worn a suit in weeks and only for client meetings or external things. Basically, if I owned a firm it would be a corporate firm (i.e. no one goes to court basically ever), and consequently every day is casual friday (which usually entails jeans and a button up of some sort). Everyone would have a wardrobe in their office to keep a few suits, shirts, ties etc in if at any point they had to meet clients. No one meets clients in their office, only in boardrooms (which is how we do it currently).
post #33 of 83
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I work in IT and we have casual and people push the boundaries way too far. I agree that IT work can be casual especially for the nerds you keep hidden who never see customers, but would add things like no shorts, no flip-flops, no tees, must maintain a certain level of hygiene, etc. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a collar on your shirt.

I'm IT as well. But work for a commercial real estate company, all the brokers are in suits but we get to wear a dress shirt and pants. Jeans only once a month.
post #34 of 83

You should have at least set a standard for the company  and your employees.

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Jeans only once a month.

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post #36 of 83
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

to some degree, I agree with you.
On the other hand, even an internet startup would be business casual if I ran it. I can't stand looking at schlumpy people in torn jeans and converse. Thats fine for the weekend, but you're a grown up and this is work.

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I f I owned and ran a start up company I'd also strictly enforce the business casual attire. This makes the employees feel good about themselves and take pride in their work.

Have either of you ever been involved in a startup? Or worked in technology at all?
I do work in technology, I have worked at startups, and I have been the owner of a startup.
Your primary concern is that you have the best coders on the ground running. If you are worried about what kind of pants and shirts they have on, you really are not cut out for that world.
Marketing and sales people, when you get to that point, are a different matter, but you should be hiring professionals, and beyond letting them know they need to present that way, it's not the kind of thing that should need to be micromanaged.
post #37 of 83
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Welcome to Styleforum.

Thank you, sir.

I brought my 9yo in with me one day and he asked, "Daddy, is [insert name] allowed to dress like that?" I thought this was awesome. My assistant has a bangin body and usually wears tight jeans/top with high heels. I just replied, "shhhhh".

I am at the point of my career where dark denim, sneakers & an insanely bright polo is par for the course. I only do a couple of hours in the office to show face and then it's off! I love Blackberry.
post #38 of 83
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

My buddy started his own consulting Firm, and the dress at that place is shameful.
So I was thinking about it, and decided that I would do:
Business professional on M-F, friday is business casual and/or jeans depending on role.
During the summer, I'd also allow blazers/sportcoats with no tie M-F and jeans on friday.
What about you folks?

Depends entirely upon the trade and its customs: Law firms are inevitably more formal than software design houses or other creative trades. In fact I would be concerned to find 'out of course' dressing in any office. The staff need to be content in their dress not have something imposed for its own sake. If lawyers they will understand suits to meet clients, if creatives they will hate suits....


Anyway start your own, then you can criticise, in the meantime let him decide what he thinks works best for him, free of criticism.
post #39 of 83
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My assistant has a bangin body and usually wears tight jeans/top with high heels.

Why does he wear high heels...is he short?

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post #40 of 83
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Anyway start your own, then you can criticise, in the meantime let him decide what he thinks works best for him, free of criticism.

It would be much better if Quad convinced his friend to let StyFo dress his staff.

By "better," I mean more amusing.

Imagine it: in every pocket, a square. On every foot?

Allen-Edmonds seconds.
post #41 of 83
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In every pocket, a square. On every foot?
Allen-Edmonds seconds.

Wasn't that the slogan from your 2008 campaign?
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Wasn't that the slogan from your 2008 campaign?

I thought it was, "They can have my Allen-Edmonds seconds when they pry them from my cold, dead feet!"

Note exclamation point.
post #43 of 83
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Originally Posted by Archivist View Post

Have either of you ever been involved in a startup? Or worked in technology at all?
I do work in technology, I have worked at startups, and I have been the owner of a startup.
Your primary concern is that you have the best coders on the ground running. If you are worried about what kind of pants and shirts they have on, you really are not cut out for that world.
Marketing and sales people, when you get to that point, are a different matter, but you should be hiring professionals, and beyond letting them know they need to present that way, it's not the kind of thing that should need to be micromanaged.

Have I been involved in a start up, yes. Worked in technology, no.

Not all start ups are tech based, for one, and for two, I don't care if this guy is the best coder east of the mississippi. I'm paying him good money to code, so he can put on a pair of khakis and a polo shirt.
post #44 of 83
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

Have I been involved in a start up, yes. Worked in technology, no.
Not all start ups are tech based, for one, and for two, I don't care if this guy is the best coder east of the mississippi. I'm paying him good money to code, so he can put on a pair of khakis and a polo shirt.

It is best not to mess with the nerds. Ply them with mountain dew, shitty pizza and free tickets to dragon/comic/nerd con and forget that you ever gave even half a shit about what they might be wearing. Assuming you want good coders.
post #45 of 83

All of my employees are female. When they ask how to dress, I hand them a copy of Popteen.

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