Wait, if I'm reading that right, people regard white athletic socks as more appropriate for work than a suit?
Do you care how your coworkers dress? Does the decline of formality of dress bother you? - Page 9
Yeah, I don't care if IT people dress in t-shirts and jeans, but I hate that poor excuse. I get it constantly from my co-workers. Shirts can be washed, you know. Sometimes they're even less expensive than hoodies. I crawl under desks in coat and tie, and I've always been able to get the dust off. Heck, I spilled an entire pink toner cartridge on a pair of flannel pants and they could be recovered without even going to the dry cleaners.
I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about how casual America has become and the leniency towards how one dresses, especially in the workplace. The Casual nature of corporate America bothers him greatly. He claims that people work harder, feel confident, and there is some sort of referencing hard work with business formal clothing. Essentially looking professional makes one act that way and preform better. Kind of a psychology.
Lounge suit. Formality of the lounge suit?
I'm guessing if this forum existed 90+ years ago somebody would be lamenting all the dress down types in lounge suits.
I'll go out on a limb and say this thread is a combination of US view point. A lounge suit has become almost formal wear fit for court. The fact that so few younger people ever see even a jacket.
I wonder what the view point is of people that went to schools requiring a jacket.
That is a very interesting point. My son goes to a school that requires a jacket and tie. He ties his own FIH every morning and must wear the jacket at all times in school. While time will tell if he will end up with a negative reaction - so far he seems to accept it as "normal". Also seeing me where a suit/tie every day probably makes him feel more okay with it.
Can any others here comment on their own experience of having to wear a jacket/tie to school and whether this did/did not influence the level of formality of their own dress when they started working?
Edited by bertie - 3/4/13 at 7:52am
The code & systems teams wear whatever they like. As far as I can tell all-black T-shirt and cargos is basically coder uniform.
I wear better than... well, the next three levels of management, TBH.
Hell, I dress better on dress-down Friday than my direct boss does Monday through Thursday - mostly because he seems to think polyester shirts with breast pockets, no tie and cheap brown brogues constitute office wear.