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post #16 of 61
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

A well fitting suit is chain mail. A tasteful tie is a shield. Stunning shoes are a sword. I dress well because when I do I am ready for anything. I dress well because I am confident to express my maturity and the station in life that I have achieved through my appearance. But most of all I dress well so that I won't look like this guy one day...

 

 

What's wrong with this guy?

post #17 of 61
I do it for the lulz. And to impress my forum buddies.
post #18 of 61
Because I have to go to court. I wear a polo & wool slacks in the summer when meeting with clients. I'll upgrade to LS BD's when it gets cold.
post #19 of 61
to let everyone know that I'm better than them.
post #20 of 61
Gravitas.
post #21 of 61

The reason that really got started was actually sheer compensation.  I have a very young face -- at 28 I still almost always get carded buying alcohol, and if I leave the law school to walk around campus on a dress-down day I am easily mistaken for an undergrad.  Everyone jokes about how you'll be glad you look so young when you're older, but being a young-looking 20-something can be a real pain in the ass when it came to trying to be taken seriously, something which became abundantly clear in my first real job out of college.  I live in the pacific northwest, which takes informal office culture far beyond "always-casual-Friday" territory, and for the first few years I generally followed suit.  However, at some point, fed up with being talked down to or mistaken for a high schooler on an after-school job, I decided started dressing it up just a bit -- nothing much, just putting on thrifted blazers and ties at least a couple times a week.  I discovered that this added years to my perceived age and maturity, and from there it didn't take much to push me over the brink into full-on clothes love.

 

To be sure, as soon as I started down that road I picked up on the other things people here mention -- increased confidence, the joy of owning beautiful and lovingly-crafted things, etc.  But it really started just to stop being mistaken for a high-schooler.

 

 

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Originally Posted by phxlawstudent View Post

Because I have to go to court. I wear a polo & wool slacks in the summer when meeting with clients. I'll upgrade to LS BD's when it gets cold.
 

I wish that was enough.  I've seen plenty of attorneys, including grown-ups who should know better, who dress up in some pretty damned awful suits -- nothing technically incorrect, but certainly not good.  Having to go to court is enough to get someone to dress up, but not always enough to get them to dress nice :/


Edited by HunterJE - 8/18/12 at 7:44pm
post #22 of 61
Because pimpin' ain't easy.
post #23 of 61
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Originally Posted by celery View Post

I like beautiful things.

 

 

^ Perfectly worded.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Twotone View Post

It's not that I dress nice, it's that very few others do.

 

 

^ So, so true. It seems like fewer and fewer people care about how they look.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

A well fitting suit is chain mail. A tasteful tie is a shield. Stunning shoes are a sword. I dress well because when I do I am ready for anything. I dress well because I am confident to express my maturity and the station in life that I have achieved through my appearance. But most of all I dress well so that I won't look like this guy one day...

 

 
^ This. +1. Many lulz were had.
 
It's the way I grew up - I was taught to appreciate beautiful things, have an eye for fine craftsmanship, and to never worry about being the "best-dressed man in the room."
 
The way I dress is my signature, much like the cologne I put on in the morning, it reflects how I feel that day. It allows for my character to come across properly to those who I cannot directly interact with. The cleaner, sharper I feel, the better the presence I project.

Edited by TheStormnMormon - 8/19/12 at 3:56pm
post #24 of 61

I make the clothes and the clothes DONT make me. I once wore flip flops, shorts, and a straw hat to a business meeting while folks were wearing 5k suits. Everyone complimented me on my flops....I got a promotion that year...I made the clothes.

post #25 of 61
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Originally Posted by imanewbie View Post

I make the clothes and the clothes DONT make me. I once wore flip flops, shorts, and a straw hat to a business meeting while folks were wearing 5k suits. Everyone complimented me on my flops....I got a promotion that year...I made the clothes.

Interesting.
post #26 of 61
I dress to take photos for WAYWT. Then I undress and go to work.
post #27 of 61
pussā
post #28 of 61
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

I dress to take photos for WAYWT. Then I undress and go to work.

Hahaha! biggrin.gif Best non-srs comment! /thread! biggrin.gif
post #29 of 61
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Originally Posted by imanewbie View Post

I make the clothes and the clothes DONT make me. I once wore flip flops, shorts, and a straw hat to a business meeting while folks were wearing 5k suits. Everyone complimented me on my flops....I got a promotion that year...I made the clothes.

Did you get the promotion at that same job? After or before showing up in flipflops?
post #30 of 61
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Originally Posted by imanewbie View Post

I make the clothes and the clothes DONT make me. I once wore flip flops, shorts, and a straw hat to a business meeting while folks were wearing 5k suits. Everyone complimented me on my flops....I got a promotion that year...I made the clothes.

They probably thought you were having a meltdown and were afraid that you would go full Breivik on them so they complemented the nice young man as they backed toward the exits and promised a promotion if you took the next six weeks off.
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