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Your Professional Dress Code

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ROT, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member

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    Freelance Art Director.

    Graphics and Advertising (creative side) have a very relaxed dress code but not so much as the dot-commers of the late 90s. Jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, polos and the rest are de rigeur.

    I like wearing jeans but try to put things together a little better and smarter and pay more attention to detail. First of all, I wear clothes that fit. And I wear sleeker, slimmer profile sneakers or loafers instead of natty gym shoes. Corduroy blazer as a fall-weight jacket. Black canvas Jack Spade bag instead of multi-colored Timbuk2 gear. Favorite designers of mine for workwear are Ben Sherman and Nicole Farhi but also own a lot of stuff from Express for Men and H&M. I always keep coming back to Levi's denim but am open to experimentation.

    If I'm going on site for the first couple of days I will wear a button-down and slacks until I get a feel for the culture.
     
  2. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] I am fortunate to be the owner-boss of my own law firm. We handle plaintiffs' personal injury. We wear traditional business attire every weekday. That means suits and tie for the male lawyers and suits for the female attorneys. If I'm meeting a client on the weekend it's sportscoat and tie. We have a business "appropriate" dress code for the female papralegals. Some wear suits and dresses, and some wear nice slacks with a nice top. No jeans except for snow days. No flip flops. No tank tops. Tops must have sleeves. Thanks goodness that the regular courtroom attorneys wear suits and ties. The courtrooms are a sea of suits although the finest in make and fit. Of my colleagues very few follow the bespoke and MTM paths. Most view the suit as a uniform and buy it on the cheap at either Syms, Century 21, or a similar store. For example, one of my attorneys buys his suits at Syms for $200 (on sale) with a $20 shirt. My colleagues are heavily into the "Italians."
     
  3. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] A slight amendment. Although the courtroom is a sea of suits it is a mixed bag regarding make and fit. Most suited men are not into clothes and view the suit something to throw on.
     
  4. jerrysfriend

    jerrysfriend Well-Known Member

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    I am a sole practitioner lawyer and I wear a tie everyday, usually with a suit; rarely with a sportcoat. Just a personal choice, trying to uphold the dignity of a no-longer dignified profession.
    I once had the nerve  to remark to my secretary that she looked "Friday casual," when she wore jeans to work. She responded: "I don't give a d--- about what you think about what I wear," so I'll never try that again.
     
  5. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Well-Known Member

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    I work for VERy large financial firm, and yes, its a tie and shirt dress code. If i wear jeans, I would get sent home by some big boss. I love wearing suits, but not tie.
     
  6. mylesmyles

    mylesmyles Well-Known Member

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    i work at a well known Luxury goods brand (jewelry) and as a result am required to wear a suit and tie every day - but it is acceptable to wear slacks and a sport coat. I personally like wearing a suit and tie - and considering i used to work at a .com company i feel i am more productive in a more formal uniform - plus who's kidding who - the ladies to love it........
     
  7. kabert

    kabert Well-Known Member

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    Lawyer in a big law firm.... Business casual is the rule, but the dress is becoming dressier, gradually. Everyone seems to wear blazers now, and quite a few people have gone back to wearing suits at least part of the time.
     
  8. wja

    wja Well-Known Member

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    I'm an anesthesiologist and the dress uniform is a scrub suit. It's like wearing pyjamas all day. Knowing that I'm going to get into scrubs as soon as I get to work, I just wear jeans and a t-shirt, shorts in the summer. Years ago I knew a fellow who wore a nice suit for the ten minute walk to work...then he took it off and stuffed it into a tiny locker. We thought he was nuts. As a result of this I have no wardrobe. I've started to collect a few decent garments so that I don't look like 'Lil Abner when I shop for clothes. I've painted myself into a strange little corner.
     
  9. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    When I worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office over the summer, it was coat and tie. Some of the attorneys would go a bit more casual on Fridays, but I stuck with dressing up... since I was only a lowly intern.
     

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