Your Suit Is Making You Stupid

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by odoreater, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Interesting. Then again, I agree. Taking exams are stressful; being in comfortable clothing allows you to relax. There ARE some places where wearing a suit just doesn't make sense, and taking an exam is one of those.

    Yup. On the other hand, I imagine that if you are sitting in your office and the managing partner of your firm or your most important client walks in while you are wearing sweats, it would make you feel very uncomfortable.
     


  2. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    If I were taking an exam I would rather wear sweats and a tshirt than a suit/tie. The closer I am to pajamas, the more relaxed I'm gonna feel because no matter how well fitting/made a suit is, it will never be as comfortable as sweats.

    My suits fit as comfortably as pyjamas. So long as I can put my suit coat on or take it off at will, my suits are some of the most comfortable and useful items of clothing I own.

    Sweats are roughly equivalent of underwear; unless I'm wearing them in the house or for exercise, I wouldn't care to be seen in them.

    Merely being contained in a physical body can cause discomfort enough to be distracting.

    I should think you would perform best in the clothing that makes you feel both physically and mentally comfortable in a given situation.
     


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    My suits fit as comfortably as pyjamas. So long as I can put my suit coat on or take it off at will, my suits are some of the most comfortable and useful items of clothing I own.

    Sweats are roughly equivalent of underwear; unless I'm wearing them in the house or for exercise, I wouldn't care to be seen in them.

    Merely being contained in a physical body can cause discomfort enough to be distracting.

    I should think you would perform best in the clothing that makes you feel both physically and mentally comfortable in a given situation.


    Sweat suits in public unless you are training tell the world -"that's it, I've given up.."
     


  4. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Sweat suits in public unless you are training tell the world -"that's it, I've given up.."

    That's interesting because in college and law school, a lot of times the students that wore sweats to class and were not overly concerned with their physical appearance performed better than the students that were more concerned with physical appearance.

    I agree that wearing sweat suits to the office would be a terrible idea, but come on, you're telling me that you never wore sweats or shorts to a college class? In law school, not only did I wear sweats, but I also rarely shaved. I don't think that was a sign that I had given up, but a sign that I was so focussed that I didn't have time for the rest of that crap.

    EDIT: By the way, Nantucket Red, when I made the comment about people who were born in suits and feel more comfortable in their suits than in anything else, I had you in mind. [​IMG]
     


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    Yup. On the other hand, I imagine that if you are sitting in your office and the managing partner of your firm or your most important client walks in while you are wearing sweats, it would make you feel very uncomfortable.

    Yes, but you missed the point. I wouldn't wear sweatpants in such a situation. I wouldn't wear sweatpants at all in any situation as I do not own any. I do dress casually and comfortably (jeans and a t-shirt) on exam days. My exams are not short by any stretch of the imagination, so it helps to be comfortable, which is really what the study was all about. To say nothing of the fact the chairs are like sitting on bricks.
     


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    The Virginia Bar Exam requires test takers to wear business dress. Sneakers are allowed, however, which kind of defeats the purpose.
     


  7. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    The Virginia Bar Exam requires test takers to wear business dress. Sneakers are allowed, however, which kind of defeats the purpose.

    I think they allow sneakers because they don't want the "click clack" of leather soled shoes as people walk down the aisle to go to the bathroom or whatever while others are taking exams.

    Yes, but you missed the point.

    What point exactly did I miss?
     


  8. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    I agree that wearing sweat suits to the office would be a terrible idea, but come on, you're telling me that you never wore sweats or shorts to a college class?

    Yes, that's right, never. I did not even own a pair of sweats during college. I did wear wife-beaters, but with khakis and loafers and a button-down shirt to cover up as necessary.

    EDIT: By the way, Nantucket Red, when I made the comment about people who were born in suits and feel more comfortable in their suits than in anything else, I had you in mind. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Wait . . . I'm that predictable? [​IMG]
     


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    mrchapel Senior member

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    What point exactly did I miss?


    It seemed as though you spoke about something I didn't even comment on...in regards to wearing sweatpants in a meeting...
     


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    odoreater Senior member

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    It seemed as though you spoke about something I didn't even comment on...in regards to wearing sweatpants in a meeting...

    Oh ok, tone is kind of hard to get across on the internet. What I meant by that is that you were right on your original point, but I was disagreeing with a possible inference from the original quote from the article I posted - the inference being that people might work better even in an office environment in sweats. I didn't infer that from your post, but from the original article.
     


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    Oh ok, tone is kind of hard to get across on the internet. What I meant by that is that you were right on your original point, but I was disagreeing with a possible inference from the original quote from the article I posted - the inference being that people might work better even in an office environment in sweats. I didn't infer that from your post, but from the original article.

    My apologies; I just inferred that because you quoted my post. No worries.
     


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    I would feel consciously uncomfortable in sweats or pajamas or any variation of that.
     


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    The Virginia Bar Exam requires test takers to wear business dress. Sneakers are allowed, however, which kind of defeats the purpose.

    Oxford exams require subfusc: dark suit, black socks and shoes, white shirt and collar, and white bow tie. Mortarboards to be carried and not worn. [​IMG]
     


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    I think we missed the real correllation:

    The better dressed subjects were probably getting attention from the opposite sex. Those in sweats were likely ignored by the opposite sex, and probably felt so sloppy they were too ashamed to try to flirt. Subjects not distracted by sexual possibilities would therefore be more focused on the test and score higher. [​IMG]
     


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    All I can say is that they didn't give them Borrelli for the study. I'm guessing most of these people have very low-end suits because I wear dress pants and sports jackets almost every day despite having no need for doing so. I'm never uncomfortable and I write exams in them as well. Having owned a couple low-end suits in the past, I can agree with the findings however. Cheap suits ARE uncomfortable and I can see them cutting productivity. Even stepping up to Armani made my old Moores suit feel like cardboard. There's no way I could have been comfortable sitting in a Moores suit for 3 hours. Borrelli on the other hand... I do everything in them including salsa dancing.
     


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