Why do you really dress nice?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by VincentVogan, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. VincentVogan

    VincentVogan Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with this guy?
     


  2. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    I do it for the lulz. And to impress my forum buddies.
     


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    Because I have to go to court. I wear a polo & wool slacks in the summer when meeting with clients. I'll upgrade to LS BD's when it gets cold.
     


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    to let everyone know that I'm better than them.
     


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  6. HunterJE

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    The reason that really got started was actually sheer compensation. I have a very young face -- at 28 I still almost always get carded buying alcohol, and if I leave the law school to walk around campus on a dress-down day I am easily mistaken for an undergrad. Everyone jokes about how you'll be glad you look so young when you're older, but being a young-looking 20-something can be a real pain in the ass when it came to trying to be taken seriously, something which became abundantly clear in my first real job out of college. I live in the pacific northwest, which takes informal office culture far beyond "always-casual-Friday" territory, and for the first few years I generally followed suit. However, at some point, fed up with being talked down to or mistaken for a high schooler on an after-school job, I decided started dressing it up just a bit -- nothing much, just putting on thrifted blazers and ties at least a couple times a week. I discovered that this added years to my perceived age and maturity, and from there it didn't take much to push me over the brink into full-on clothes love.

    To be sure, as soon as I started down that road I picked up on the other things people here mention -- increased confidence, the joy of owning beautiful and lovingly-crafted things, etc. But it really started just to stop being mistaken for a high-schooler.


    I wish that was enough. I've seen plenty of attorneys, including grown-ups who should know better, who dress up in some pretty damned awful suits -- nothing technically incorrect, but certainly not good. Having to go to court is enough to get someone to dress up, but not always enough to get them to dress nice :/
     
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    KObalto Senior member

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    Because pimpin' ain't easy.
     


  8. TheStormnMormon

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    ^ Perfectly worded.



    ^ So, so true. It seems like fewer and fewer people care about how they look.


    ^ This. +1. Many lulz were had.

    It's the way I grew up - I was taught to appreciate beautiful things, have an eye for fine craftsmanship, and to never worry about being the "best-dressed man in the room."

    The way I dress is my signature, much like the cologne I put on in the morning, it reflects how I feel that day. It allows for my character to come across properly to those who I cannot directly interact with. The cleaner, sharper I feel, the better the presence I project.
     
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    imanewbie Senior member

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    I make the clothes and the clothes DONT make me. I once wore flip flops, shorts, and a straw hat to a business meeting while folks were wearing 5k suits. Everyone complimented me on my flops....I got a promotion that year...I made the clothes.
     


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    Interesting.
     


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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    I dress to take photos for WAYWT. Then I undress and go to work.
     


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    Svenn Senior member

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    Hahaha! :D Best non-srs comment! /thread! :D
     


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    Did you get the promotion at that same job? After or before showing up in flipflops?
     


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    They probably thought you were having a meltdown and were afraid that you would go full Breivik on them so they complemented the nice young man as they backed toward the exits and promised a promotion if you took the next six weeks off.
     


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