I went to an interview a few days ago at a publishing company in Boston - nice building, beautiful offices. I figured I ought to dress up for the interview, so I put on my best pinstripe suit, a new & conservative G. Ferre tie, black wholecuts, linen square, etc. etc. I walk in and the third or forth thing I notice is the total absence of men in the office - not unusual, I think, for publishing, since I assume the feminine dominance of English Depts. translates into that field. Nevertheless, it was striking that I didn't see a SINGLE man in my time there. And looking around, it occurred to me that I couldn't have any idea what the dress code was, because there's no way to translate the bewildering profusion of women's styles to men. No one wearing pant- or skirt-suits, so I guess that rules out a suit & tie code. I started thinking that maybe part of the reason men have stopped dressing for work and the suit and tie is fading away as a uniform in many fields is the confusion engendered by the introduction of women into all levels of the workforce. I mean, it's hard to have a male oriented standard if your staff is half female, and even if you have separate ones that undermines the whole purpose of a uniform. I don't mean this in an accusatory way - "Women ruined the way men dress!!!" - but merely as an observation. Maybe I'm looking at it wrong, and of course there are other factors at work. But I'm thinking a large part of it is - women don't need to wear ties, why do we? Women don't need to wear jackets, why do we. It's easy to forget, in the SF context, that most men loathe donning a suit, even if it's how they look best(My father refuses to work at an office that forces him to wear a tie. I, conversely, refuse to work at one where I can't!) Anyways, longwinded thesis. But if I get the job, I'll definitely wear a suit whenever I can. Holding the line, as it were. Plus, I think being a sharply turned out young, educated man probably helps my interview prospects in an office full of young and middle-aged professional women!!