- Jul 24, 2006
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I will soon be changing jobs, and accordingly, I'll be changing work wardrobes. I currently work for the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Boston, for which my usual attire is a tie and a v-neck with slacks. Come the new year, I'll be working IT for Harvard College Library's Scandanvian wing. The new job is a step up in pay and in terms of alignment with my career goals, but its a step down in terms of dress and general sexiness ("assistant to an international diplomat" pulls more ass than "assistant to librarians", naturally). While at the interview (to which I wore the black Park Aves, BTW), I saw that the dress code is notably slacker than my current job (par for the IT course, as I understand it). It was all Dockers and Eccos. Much to my chagrin, there's no way I could fit in with the other cublicle jockies if I wore a tie. Needless to say, this pains me. I'm gonna have to rotate out my point collars and get some more good looking spread collar shirts to wear open-necked. I really want to find a work-around for this drab tieless atmosphere. W/o the visual interest of a tie, I feel so bland, so here's my idea: I'm thinking of wearing (gasp!) colored t-shirts underneath my open-collared shirts, to add a dash of neckline visual interest. I wouldnt do it with just an oxford, as the color would bleed through, but well-coordinated into a v-neck and trousers ensemble, I think it could be cool (think black merino v-neck, white spread collar undone at the top, with a sky or royal blue t-shirt underneath, atop heringbone pants with blue in them). Everyone there is in their 20s, and pretty casual, so I don't think anyone would notice the wrongness, but what do you all think? Could this work? Would it be the revolutionary "lemons-to-lemonade" flourish of an icocnoclastic sprezzatura master triumphing over the conformist confines of office-casual, or simply a dunderheaded fashion fumble?