Originally Posted by CTGuy
"Conservative Business Dress" as you are calling it, is basically the very drab dress from YOUR interactions with "Prestige and Power". As you yourself have admitted in the past 90% of people do not care about clothes, and this is certainly a common thing in government. However, just because 90% of people working at powerful government agencies do not care about how you dress does not mean that they got there because they dress blandly. You imply a causal relationship that does not exist. Law firms, accounting firms, fortune 500 companies (not "downmarket industries") -- I have worked in these places and deal with people on a daily basis that work there: your rules do not apply!
I would also add that taking your cues from politicians is also sort of misguided reasoning. Politicians dress in a purposely drab way so as to appeal to the spectrum of social classes, this is neither necessary nor altogether desireable for every businessman.
I can see I need to turn it up to eleven.
You may have worked in important places, but what you never realized is that your clothes held you back. You would probably be a partner or a CEO by now, or at least a general counsel, if you didn't dress like such a CLOWN
You probably never noticed all the snickering behind your back. You didn't pick up on the little insulting comments. When someone pointed out your paisly pocket square, you were so thick you probably took it as a complement.
Just be thankful you still have an income. In the meantime, stick around and learn something. It might -- I stress MIGHT
-- not be too late for you yet.