I agree with that assesment Globetrotter. I think you are right, people look for subtle clues when assessing someone, from business to the dating scene. Â However, dressing stylishly or well shouldnt be held against you in the trust dept. Â In fact, it should be the other way around. Â The lawyer our company works with is so deplorably dressed that I have a hard time taking him seriously. Â In his case, "dressing like a lawyer" hasnt helped his business at all. I have been told dozens of times over the years that I have gotten business because of the way I dress. Â This is what some of my clients have said: 1. I remembered you over other sales people because you were dressed so nicely. 2. Seeing how you are dressed makes me think you have a greater attention to detail because of of effort and detail you put into your dress. Concerning the legal profession specifically, some of the most successful lawyers could be considered stylish in their own right (although certainly not MY style) Â - Johnny Cochran and Jerry Spence come to mind.
phil, I agree, I have actually used this argument many times to justify why people should dress well for work, but I think that it also can be used to understand why too much personal style might not be such a good idea. I think that one of the first bond books mentions not trusting anybody who wears a Windsor knot (and bear with me if I am making a mistake, I read them about 20 years ago) - the infurance being that anybody who took so much time and effort to tie his tie, and did it differently from the rest of his class, was not to be trusted. this is a real borderline issue. I would expect a bow tie, for instance, on somebody who was in a staff position. I would feel unsure about a line manager in a bow tie. I (myself, personally) would be uncomfortable about trusting somebody, for instance, in a 5 botton single breasted suit, or a purple suit, or in a white suit in winter, etc. some people might think that those are perfectly acceptable personal style statments, in the same way that I wear contrast collar shirts and double breasted suits and some people might not trust that.