Dress for the work environment or dress based on my standards?

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  1. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    ^^ Note that not out-dressing means not going over the top with formality and accessories and stuff and it is not an excuse to dress poorly.
     
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  2. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    Indeed. There's a difference between looking well dressed and looking over the top.

    Wearing a three piece suit in a casual IT environment where everyone's in jeans and shorts with t-shirts makes you look over the top.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. That is how I would do it.
     


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    Nereis Senior member

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    Honestly speaking, if your firm lets you wear tshirts and jeans to work and everyone else does it too why would you do otherwise? Just keep a set of business formal clothes at work for surprise meetings with outsiders and call it a day.
     


  5. Mandres

    Mandres Well-Known Member

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    The demands of some IT offices also make casual clothes a lot more sensible. You don't want to be crawling around on the floor, running Cat6 through dirty ceilings and squeezing through racks of servers in a 3 piece suit. If you're just writing code all day then sure, go for it, but in my experience most IT staff dress casually because there's a lot of dirty work involved.
     


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    I'd rather be that guy than the other guy.
     


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    I'd wear what you want. As long as you're collegial and respectful and make it clear you don't think you're better than anyone, after a couple of weeks, people will just see you and not your clothes, which will just reinforce and attitude of respect, attention to detail, and confidence. Only if you're pretentious and condescending will the clothes serve to reinforce that.
     


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    That said, there are bounds even to that - but what you describe - wearing a blazer and chinos - is still easily within those bounds. If you're wearing a full "city suit" and tie when they're in tshirts it might be harder.
     


  9. TuckerSon

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    I'm in a similiar situation. Most of my colleagues wear sweaters but I just tend to wear dress shirts (high quality and well fitted). Usually I roll up the sleeves and sometimes I loosen the first and second button up to look a bit more casual. V-sweaters and cardigans are fine to wear but I think blazers are overdone in my envorinment. I usually wear dark jeans (without any weird stuff on it) and my shoes are just casual leather shoes since I think dress shoes are really overdone. Also I would like to wear woolen pants but I think this is overdone as well.. Sometimes I do get jaelous responses or people think I'm a bit arrogant.
     
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  10. upthewazzu

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    I'm in the same situation, I work for an IT department (although, I'm in finance) for a University on the west coast and there actually isn't a dress code to speak of. Most people wear jeans and a polo/t-shirt. About 3 months ago I decided that I no longer wanted to attain the status quo and started dressing up a bit. At first, almost every single person I encountered asked the same question; "When is your job interview?" and/or "Who are you interviewing with today?" Now, those questions have stopped and I mostly just get compliments. I kinda eased into it and I still don't wear a full suit. I rarely wear a sport coat because it's so damned hot in my office anyways I would just be soaked in sweat, plus I still sorta feel uncomfortable being "that guy" since everyone else still dresses a lot more casually.
     
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  11. Oxfords247

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    Thanks for the help guys. So basically I have to find the balance that works for me.
     


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    Dress appropriately for your work environment, whether the office wears jeans or suits..as long as you feel confident in yourself and the the clothes you're wearing.
     


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    Very true Benny. Confidence is key to any outfit.
     


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