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Outside of designated casual periods (e.g. casual Friday), my job requires a jacket and tie?

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Bromley

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A tracksuit is a suit, too.
 

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My company has always been business professional attire - shirt and tie for men, jacket not required, but is somewhat common, especially for managers. I pretty much always wore a suit. If I didnt wear a suit to work, I don't know when I would. If I am traveling, I'll wear a suit for dinner or to a cocktail bar, but it qould generally be looked at oddly if I wore a suit out to dinner around here.

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I work from home, which in many respects is great. I could not be dressed most days and nobody would know or care. But I do feel like I'm lacking an outlet for this hobby.
 

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In consulting, suits were worn daily, with tie or without, depending on clients. Most colleagues actually had black suits and white shirts (mostly German ones).
Then, when I joined a media group, it was VERY casual. Some colleagues were even wearing football jerseys at the office. Most people wore jeans and a polo/shirt. I went for suits/odd jackets with a tie most days because I enjoyed it and we had a free dress code.
 

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In consulting, suits were worn daily, with tie or without, depending on clients. Most colleagues actually had black suits and white shirts (mostly German ones).
Then, when I joined a media group, it was VERY casual. Some colleagues were even wearing football jerseys at the office. Most people wore jeans and a polo/shirt. I went for suits/odd jackets with a tie most days because I enjoyed it and we had a free dress code.

How did they perceive or treat you when you first joined the office?
 

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"Suits are the uniform of the powerless now."...is a pretty bold statement.
That was 100% my opinion of suits in the early 2000s. The overwhelming majority of people around me that wore suits were people that needed (usually desperately) something from me. That's no longer the case. Now that even those people are dressing more casually, the only people around me in suits are those that want to be.
 

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How did they perceive or treat you when you first joined the office?
Like a strange animal. Most told me: "you know, you have can lose the suit"

To which, I usually answered: "I actually enjoy it"

It admittedly often sent a presumptuous vibe but that wasn't my intention. I just wanted to be who I was (maybe a presumptuous prick, after all).
 

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The Observer (UK) weighs in on the debate:

Great read

The "toilet situation" ;) described here is very common in corporate setting.

If I put on my favorite beige jacket with off-white chino and linen shirt(no-tie at all) I get asked whether I am going to interviews and looking for another job. Sometimes a nice shirt is enough to provoke that question. Also it is kind of amusing when a colleague is confused why men shoes click when you put heal on the ground - it's like he never wore anything else other sneakers in his life.

Some of the remarks are mean spirited though, some men feel the need to knock you down a peg with these comments. So I guess there's still some perceived value in nice formal clothing(by standards of SF they would count as informal though).
 

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