Globetrotter - I understand what you are saying, I just dont agree with it. Â If there is honestly anyone who has either a conscious or subconsious reaction to someone wearing a white shirt at an interview I would be willing to bet its miniscule. Â Its such an antiquated notion that I am surprised anyone even mentions it. Â To me, this kind of discussion falls into the same catagory as people who disdain: 1. people who wear brown shoes after six 2. people who wear brown shoes in "the city" 3. people who think suspenders cant be seen by the fairer sex 4. people who think its a mortal sin to wear a tuxedo instead of a morning coat in the daytime. These were relevant in 1930-1950. Â After that anyone who holds on to them is just being pretentious and downright silly. Â Same goes for having a reaction to someone wearing something other than a white shirt at an interview. Â And in the big scheme of things, as I have repeatedly said, you can teach someone to dress the part in about 2 seconds, its not brain surgery. Â Perhaps since I was born in queens, and worked in NYC my whole adult life I have just become adjusted to the "melting pot mentality, but I just have a really difficult time relating to anyone that would hold anything, subconsiously, or consciously, against someone because of the way they were dressed.
Phil - I agree with your point, however I did some research and found that it was only in 1995 that IBM dropped its white shirt, black tie rule. "February 3, 1995 IBM Corp. loosens its tie in 1995. Newly installed Chairman Lou Gerstner, the former chief at R.J.R. Nabisco, undoes decades of IBM policy by announcing that workers no longer have to wear the long-standing company uniform (white shirt, black tie) to work." So as much as we may wish these dress codes disappeared in the 50's, it may be that they are much more ingrained in our culture than we realize. That being said, a white shirt for an interview is probably still the safest choice - that is assuming you have the funding or ability to make that choice. Bradford