I don't really see why you're getting snippy about it. I like to dress the way I like to dress. Any attention I get from it, be it positive or negative, doesn't bother me. Life's too short to worry about what some random, tenuous acquaintances in class think of how I dress, and it's certainly too short to worry about what people on the internet think of how I dress. If I dress a couple notches more formally than I should, well, I may as well focus on dressing as well as I can at that level of formality. Side note: I find it confusing that you mention that college students all wear x as if to justify only wearing x as a college student, and then almost immediately follow that with "most people dress like shit." I wasn't going to bring up getting complimented again, but since you did, I also find it confusing that you say I'd stand out in an undesirable way -- which I'd imagine would be people thinking I dress badly -- but then say that the compliments I get -- which represent people thinking I dress well, not badly -- don't count. Would you be willing to clarify? You couldn't just have taken the interview in your dorm? Sorry bout the job, by the way.