Hello everyone I am a long time reader and a new member. -- 24 year old working in a "business casual" workplace in New Jersey where I started right out of college. What most of the men wear to the office is disappointing. Casual Friday in the 1990's started a trend toward "everyday is Friday" as far as the wardrobe is concerned. Nowadays the younger generation has no one to look up to and what men wear has gone beyond a point of no return. Ladies however are as professional looking as they've ever been. Workplaces think they are being google and attracting google type talent with the lax dress code when they are doing just the opposite. (Attracting the bad ones and letting the good ones leave for greener pastures)
I've always heard the joking comments like "hey you got a debate with the president tonight?" But now, I think people are taking it more seriously and think I emanate a pretentious vibe. There might be a chance the perception is impacting me and my career in a negative way. I repeatedly explain to people that I dress a certain way because I like the way I look and enjoy dressing like a gentleman. But apparently when in rome, you are supposed to do as the romans do?
Am I just at the wrong company? Or are all companies like this? Are 24 year old's not supposed to be passionate about traditional clothing? Can dressing too well hurt my career? I see many young men that don't know the first thing about cars, watches, shoes, suits, scotches, briefcases etc. Sometimes I wonder if there are still people like this in the world. (Until I get in a bidding war on ebay) Is men dressing poorly cyclical? or are we just doomed?
Edited by slickback - 5/11/14 at 11:46am