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I meant which role were you playing:)biggrin.gif

 

See, this shows how much I know. I think I might have been able to score a part in Spartacus!

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See, this shows how much I know. I think I might have been able to score a part in Spartacus!

We're just teasing, you don't have to be an expert to appreciate.
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We're just teasing, you don't have to be an expert to appreciate.

 

No worries! I was just playing along. ;o)

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No worries! I was just playing along. ;o)

I secretly just enjoy the fact that someone else somehow, someway enjoys opera.
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I secretly just enjoy the fact that someone else somehow, someway enjoys opera.

 

I listen to Pavarotti when I work out. lol

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right everybody can just walk right into a thrift store and find a suit that fits them with no problem at all. Nothing about that statement is ridiculous at all.

I only had 1 suit when I interviewed. Sure you have multiple interviews with the same firm, but you interview with different people on different days, or the same day. Either way you can wear the same suit..

the disconnect you have with the way the general population thinks/works is pretty big


The first time I went looking for a suit at a thrift store (less than 2 years ago) I was able to find a linen blend suit priced a $6.00.  I thought I had a great deal until I got to the check out and found out that it was reduced to $3.00.  I was hooked.  Last week I picked up by fourth thrift store suit although this one cost me $10.00, which is the most that I have made to date.  True, you are not going to be able to walk into a thrift store the first time or every time and find a suit that fits.  Shopping and finding clothes that fit means that you have to go shopping on a regular basis.

 

Since I have been in the working world (40 years) I have at various times worked in offices that required professional attire with the typical 'dress down' Fridays.  Now it seems as though, in these same offices, a shirt with buttons is professional attire.  I see a number of men come to work wearing tee shirts, cargo shorts and flip flops.  They can wear whatever they want, but if they were my supervisor I would be asking myself, "What did I do wrong that he is my boss?"

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I listen to Pavarotti when I work out. lol

One more and I promise to stop: because you like the music or you are inspired to never reach his size?

Sorry!
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One more and I promise to stop: because you like the music or you are inspired to never reach his size?

Sorry!

 

Hah!

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So still no evidence that formality of workplace attire affects productivity? I think that was part of OP's expanded question in creating this thread.
The verdict appears to be out, though the best answer seems to be: it depends. In some industries or in some individual firms, it will help, hurt, or do nothing.
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So, ignoring all of the other talking points, I find it very hard to believe that dressing well actually makes you more productive.  Not everyone shares the same ideals as most of us do and couldn't care less about a well fitting pair of trousers.  I've worked with some brilliant people in my career who dressed terribly.  I don't buy that, if they threw on a nicer outfit, they would be better at their job.  In any way.  Whatsoever.

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If you work in a place where you will be in contact with people from other companies or see potential clients on a daily basis (law firms, etc.), looking nice should be required.

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Chicken or egg? What comes first success, or suits?

^^ the success for most, but the smart guy dresses for the promotion he seeks.
It's an old maxim
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for me it's the implied laziness that gets to me. if a guy can't be bothered to dress up a little at a fancy restaurant then what does that tell you...

Dressing well means something, whether we admit it or not. It means we respect ourselves and care enough to present ourselves well, whether it's going to work or going shopping. When going out someplace special, we dress well also to show respect for our companion as well as the other guests present.

It takes no more "effort" to wear nice clothing than sloppy clothing. Lacing up wingtips is no more difficult than lacing up sneakers. Pulling on nice trousers is no more arduous than pulling on sweatpants.

Not dressing well tells the world the wearer is either lazy, or doesn't care. Neither is my goal. If that makes me a snob, so be it. biggrin.gif
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Dressing well means something, whether we admit it or not. It means we respect ourselves and care enough to present ourselves well, whether it's going to work or going shopping. When going out someplace special, we dress well also to show respect for our companion as well as the other guests present.

It takes no more "effort" to wear nice clothing than sloppy clothing. Lacing up wingtips is no more difficult than lacing up sneakers. Pulling on nice trousers is no more arduous than pulling on sweatpants.

Not dressing well tells the world the wearer is either lazy, or doesn't care. Neither is my goal. If that makes me a snob, so be it. biggrin.gif

 

While I agree with pretty much everything you said, I'm going to pedantic.  It *does* require more effort to dress well.  Washing clothes becomes more tedious (often can't use a dryer for many items, dry cleaning).  You have to iron your clothes.  You have to *think* about what you're going to wear.  It also costs significantly more, even if you buy cheap.  Hard to beat the price of a T and sweats from Wal-Mart.

 

That said, I still agree; dressing well is not solely a display of vanity.

post #90 of 130
Just to add one more thought I wonder if saying that how work colleagues dress really has no impact on you.

Isn't the way an organisation's people present themselves internally and externally (including how their staff dress) important in establishing its public and marketplace perception and reputation? If staff dressing well contributes positively to this perception and reputation then that enhances the prestige of working there (to some degree) increases each workers perceived market value if and when they look to move on?


Just a thought.
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