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Wearing a tie at work when no one else does

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by myztikal47, May 3, 2011.

  1. JGloger

    JGloger Well-Known Member

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    Originally I was the only one wearing a tie to work. I think all my co-workers began to get jealous of all the "you're so well dressed" comments from our patients and in the last 6 months to a year everyone else in the office has stepped it up a notch.
     
  2. Pieceofsand

    Pieceofsand Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]
    Where I live here in norther Michigan, the hicks tend to roll around in clothing like this at the mall, and pair it with a pair of light blue jeans.

    I go out in dress shirts and pants is consider "dressed up," never mind my suit. Basically if you dress minimum business casual is consider "fancy."

    I dress well for my age, I know the limitation and where to draw the line. But once awhile I will step an extra step just to be "that guy" on the occasions [​IMG]
     
  3. TRA8324

    TRA8324 Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, harms my south american dictator theory. Then again, he could still be a dictator, but owe allegiant to something like SPECTRE.
    hmm. I was going to say cartel leader...i guess dictator isn't too far off.
     
  4. Digmenow

    Digmenow Well-Known Member

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    I think I know who Spoo is:
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    Pfft. What's missing in those pics?

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  5. Mudhiker

    Mudhiker Well-Known Member

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    I just started working at a firm that manufactures electronic assemblies. Nobody wears a tie. But the bosses and Engineers wear polos, slacks, and OCBDs. So it's easy to dress right. It would be wrong to wear a tie in this environment, but I work in the Engineering department so I dress like them. That is, I dress better than them, but I don't dress above them. Looking (and acting) sharp is the way to go. Just don't be pretentious.
     
  6. presence

    presence Well-Known Member

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    Is this OK to do? I've been working at my new job for about a month and a half, I'm the only one in my "group" which consists of about 10 people that wears a tie. Everyone else wears just dress shirt/pants, even the director. There are other directors on our floors who's groups sit elsewhere and about half of the directors wear ties, half don't. Some of the other groups wear ties, some don't. My director a few weeks ago said to me "whats with the tie, are you trying to make me look bad?" in a joking manner, but I'm not sure if he was being serious or not. I just feel extremely awkward being partially dressed up, the tie completes the look. Anyone have any thoughts?

    Just to fit in with you co-workers, only wear a tie 2-3 times per week.
     
  7. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Well-Known Member

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    I own my own company, so I pretty much wear whatever I want, which is typically a suit or SC w tie 4 of 5 days. Nice change from Wall St when I could almost never wear anything but conservative suits five days a week. Now, if I want to wear a bold SC, no one can reprimand me but me......: )
     
  8. Mr. Sartorial

    Mr. Sartorial Well-Known Member

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    Just to fit in with you co-workers, only wear a tie 2-3 times per week.

    A few people have said this, but I just don't get it. Am I the only one here that thinks that switching to a one-day-on one-day-off strategy seems more offputting than just wearing a tie every day? How does only wearing a tie some days help someone to "fit in" more? If anything, I think that makes it seem much more unusual on the days when you do wear a tie. Not to mention that doing that makes it obvious that you find wearing a tie unusual in the office even though you continue to do it some days for no particular reason.

    Rather than this nonsense, I say that if you're going to wear a tie, do it. If you're not going to wear a tie, then don't. But only wearing one a couple days a week for the sole reason of fitting in is just weird in my books. Very level 1 thinking.
     
  9. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

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    You joke because I'm onto it. As far as I'm concerned Spooployment is the mystery to solve these days. You seem to go through expensive new stuff like my cat destroys toilet paper, and your house has a highly unusual number of fountains and gargoyles.

    You have plenty of time to post, so you must do something that doesn't keep you busy 8 hours a day. My first guess is some kind of clothes related resale since you seem to have some kind of steady supply that keeps you freshly dressed and with a long B&S list, but you also sell a lot of non-clothing related items in your Ebay listings. Your house is a little too nice for just a guy running a consignment shop though.

    So I have no idea and very few clues.


    Good [​IMG]

    But if it makes you feel better, the pool/gargoyles are the Versace mansion courtyard, not my personal backyard (sadly).

    And yet you aren't refuting their claims... [​IMG]

    Nor confirming [​IMG]

    I think I know who Spoo is:
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    Strangely enough, I can see the similarity. [​IMG]

    hmm. I was going to say cartel leader...i guess dictator isn't too far off.

    You guys are ridiculous.

    Pfft. What's missing in those pics?

    [​IMG]


    Lulzy file name : http://dorkshelf.com...... [​IMG]
     
  10. pvrhye

    pvrhye Well-Known Member

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    But if it makes you feel better, the pool/gargoyles are the Versace mansion courtyard, not my personal backyard (sadly).
    I'm pretty sure I saw multiple changes of clothes there. Either you're in the courtyard frequently, or you changed clothes on location (which is kinda freaky). Then again, much of the stuff you are pushing on Ebay is Versace. Pieces are coming together, but I'm not ready to finger Ms. Scarlet (*giggity*) and reach for the envelope yet.
     
  11. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure I saw multiple changes of clothes there. Either you're in the courtyard frequently, or you changed clothes on location (which is kinda freaky). Then again, much of the stuff you are pushing on Ebay is Versace. Pieces are coming together, but I'm not ready to finger Ms. Scarlet (*giggity*) and reach for the envelope yet.

    You've outed me. I am Donatella Versace.
     
  12. blahman

    blahman Well-Known Member

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    Good [​IMG]

    But if it makes you feel better, the pool/gargoyles are the Versace mansion courtyard, not my personal backyard (sadly).


    AHA! You're Versace household's gardener!
     
  13. aarhap

    aarhap New Member

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    I was jokingly criticised by fellow co-workers for wearing a tie when I started my current job mid 2010. They said it looked too formal for a public servant (Are public servants supposed to be informal??). I felt vindicated when the Chief Executive issued an edict informing everyone that the thought dress standards were getting slack and that everyone should follow my example and wear a tie! [​IMG]
     
  14. viator

    viator Well-Known Member

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    I felt vindicated when the Chief Executive issued an edict informing everyone that the thought dress standards were getting slack and that everyone should follow my example and wear a tie! [​IMG]
    I bet that made you real popular. [​IMG]
     
  15. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Well-Known Member

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    I just started working at a firm that manufactures electronic assemblies. Nobody wears a tie. But the bosses and Engineers wear polos, slacks, and OCBDs. So it's easy to dress right. It would be wrong to wear a tie in this environment, but I work in the Engineering department so I dress like them. That is, I dress better than them, but I don't dress above them. Looking (and acting) sharp is the way to go. Just don't be pretentious.
    Don't let anyones, especially the bosses ignorance dictate your enjoyment of life or how you dress. To do so is to willingly enter into communism, fascism, slavery or worse, though I will agree that one shouldn't act pretentiously about it. You are there to work, and the only thing any boss worth working for should be concerned with, is your productivity. You enjoy your clothes and let them enjoy their big houses, cottages, country clubs, expensive jewelry, trophy wives, cars, boats, planes and golden parachutes.
     
  16. kellgy

    kellgy Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately I out-dress over 90% of my peers when I wear a shirt and trousers that "fit". Wearing nice shoes puts me over the top. Oh well . . . one day I will come in with a tie.
     
  17. henryhankscnn

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  18. phill

    phill New Member

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    I have worn suits and ties of varying formality just about every day for the last two years. Never seems to be commented upon, but it is important to get the degree of formality right - a business suit does not work for a family BBQ or a walk in the country, but a linen or tweed suit (depending on the weather) with an appropriate tie, or bow tie, looks great and will not make yourself or your companions ill at ease. Similarly, when not at work, you can leave your tie on, and swap your jacket for a cardigan for a nice, smart/casual look
     
  19. jamiemcp

    jamiemcp Well-Known Member

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    I wear a tie every day to work, the one day I didn't (have a cold and a swolen throat) it was the one day I needed to. Most of the guys in my office don't except to meetings, so there is a certain amount of taking them on and off.

    I agree with the statement earlier dressing well includes fitting in with your surroundings.

    I don't always wear a suit to work though, today for instance I'm wearing cotton trousers and a jacket, still look smarter than most of the guys though.
     

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