Resurrecting this, with some recent observations on what professors are wearing these days, at least here in the SW U.S.
This is in context of my other post (http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=76768
) about options for what to wear in a casual environment. I was at the monthly Faculty Senate meeting yesterday, and during a boring presentation I took a survey of the men's clothing choices of the faculty and administrators. The results:
Provost (2nd in command after President, who is a woman): Sport coat over a polo shirt.
A Dean: Khaki suit with tie. The only suit in the room.
Faculty Senate Chair: polo shirt
Faculty Senate Vice-Chair: OCBD shirt
Polo shirts, some with logos: 8
Short sleeve shirt with buttons all the way down the front (Dilbert type?) 7
OCBD or OC long sleeve, no tie: 8
OCBD long sleeve, tie, no coat: 1
Sport coat and OC shirt long sleeve, no tie: 1
T-shirt, solid color: 1
So of the 30 men in the room, only three were wearing coats, and only two had ties. It will be interesting to see how this changes when the weather turns cooler in late Oct.-Nov.