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The triumphant return of formalwear

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Apocalytic posts predicting the end-times of dressing smartly are popular here; citing horror stories of business casual, crocks and t-shirts at the Opera. I have made such posts myself, genuinely worried about the imminent death of suit-wearing.

For a change, I'd like to post a couple of observations that give cause for optimism about a return to dressing smartly:

1. While wandering through a high street in a nearby city to kill some time recently, I noticed that the shops selling cheap, fashionable clothing to young men are crammed with what (despite their fashionably short lengths) can only be described as formally cut odd-jackets. The same shops are selling ties as fashionable accessories. What's more, the kids are wearing them! Say what you like about the new interpretation, but go back 10-15 years (when I was last frequenting such shops) and nothing resembling 'proper' clothing could be found. This is progress, gentlemen.


2. As people reading WAYWRN may have noticed, I started a new job recently (in the IT department of a government organisation). On my second day, a colleague commented to me that the department has changed character alot in the last couple of years - 'its got quite a bit more professional and formal, so many more people are coming in wearing suits now'. This, in a public sector office in Amsterdam (memorably described once in a foreign newspaper as 'relentlessly casual').

IMO, this change is not led by the current recession, but by a desire on the part of younger people to dress better - it's the 'youth' shops selling the formal jackets, it's the younger employees voluntarily coming in in smart clothing... Having seen their parent's generation wearing the horror that is business casual, youth must rebel!


Anyone else seen the signs? Share your optimism!
 

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I've only been in the workforce about ten years, but it seems to me that people are dressing slightly better than they were when I started. I chalk it up to the ex-hippie golf clothes-loving baby boomers starting to lose their dominance over the world.

Truth be told, I'd rather wear rags than "office casual." It's loathsome.
 

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Originally Posted by Irond Will
I've only been in the workforce about ten years, but it seems to me that people are dressing slightly better than they were when I started. I chalk it up to the ex-hippie golf clothes-loving baby boomers starting to lose their dominance over the world.

Truth be told, I'd rather wear rags than "office casual." It's loathsome.


Where I once worked, the Employees Handbook explicitly stated that thong bikinis were not allowed. This implies that someone had "crossed the line" (so to speak...
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It's time for the slackers to step it up. 'Mad Men' is helping with showing how polished men (and women for that matter) should dress when they come to work. No, work shouldn't be a fashion show (b/c that's what H.S. and college is for lol) but the day of the "Sloppy Joe" is slowly coming to an end
 

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Originally Posted by JFKJean
...the day of the "Sloppy Joe" is slowly coming to an end

I sure hope so!
 

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Gathered more evidence today! I was sitting in a meeting with 10 other men (IT people in an organisation with no real required dress code): The majority wore suits (+ one odd jacket/trouser combo), 4 wore ties and only two were in 'business casual' (one of which was admittedly particularly heinous).

As a bonus - one person was wearing the first ever 'bond' cuffs I've seen in the wild. The future starts here!
 

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Originally Posted by 0b5cur1ty
Gathered more evidence today! I was sitting in a meeting with 10 other men (IT people in an organisation with no real required dress code): The majority wore suits (+ one odd jacket/trouser combo), 4 wore ties and only two were in 'business casual' (one of which was admittedly particularly heinous).

As a bonus - one person was wearing the first ever 'bond' cuffs I've seen in the wild. The future starts here!


How many box goatees?
 

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Originally Posted by 0b5cur1ty
Not one.


Wow! Things are progressing then...
 

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