dressing for business...what's your "style"

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  1. jefhatfield Retired

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    in a corporate setting, the book dress for success likes things like white shirts, pressed suits, and a fairly conservative and common sense approach to business attire

    things like gaudy class rings, big gold or silver rap artist chains worn over a tie, orange and purple ties, and dressing wrong for the "region" are very frowned upon

    i am a minority and sometimes when i read that book, it seems to frown upon typically ethnic traits such as the usually hispanic flair for outlandish ties, or the african american taste (or poor white) taste for large class rings or men's big stone diamond rings, or other things such as lapel pins favored by some military vets and older people...ultra conservative attire does not have to mean you are an ultra conservative voter and worship the ground bob dole walks on ;)...but he does have cool viagra commericials

    since i have an outdoor blue collar job and a techie computer job, i never have to wear a suit, so i am lucky

    i have seem some strange suit getups in my time...the funniest being the newscasters who wear tennis shoes becaue they know the camera will never film their feet...but seeing someone in a thousand dollar black suit with white nikes on is truly a funny sight to behold:p :p :p
     
  2. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    Re: dressing for business...what's your "style"

    Easy, boy :D

    I'm fortunate I don't have to wear a tie where I work. Docker type pants, and a pullover shirt (with tennis shoes) is fine. If I had to wear a tie where I work, I would probably find another job, because being the support technician that I am, sometimes I am the person running the cables.
    Can you imagine having to wear a suit while crawling around in a ceiling running cabling, or better yet, in a building crawlspace? :p
     
  3. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    i remember running some cat5 for a client under his house and i actually saw spiders looking back at me...i got out of there really quick:p
     
  4. BaghdadBob macrumors 6502a

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    When I worked at CIGNA we had three levels of dress, casual, business casual, and dress. We had a hotline to let us know when we had to dress professionally, usually for a client touring the facility. These dates usually got cancelled during the summer....for some reason....

    Anyway, my approach was somewhat conservative but stylish. Thankfully I had a little lady to match my colors, but I also chose to use a tie chain. It was a pretty small chain, and it was smooth round metal, so it met the middle ground there between conservative and flashy, just right. I like tie chains because clips are no good for ties (and when you have a $45 tie you want to be nice to it) and pins put holes in them. People always thought I looked good, including my boss, though I've never thought I was suited for pro dress -- big neck, thick torso, sweat easily.

    No-nos to me are the thin little ties, black dress shirts (and I prefer black), too much bling-bling, patterns on your shirt, and wearing a wife-beater under your dress shirt, or a bright undershirt under a dark shirt/vice-versa. Plus, I personally don't do short-sleeve dress shirts, but that's me.

    These days my temp job finds me in coveralls. Much better :)

    My next job may find me in an olive and khaki uniform, with any luck. I'll take that over a shirt and tie any day.
     
  5. jbomber macrumors 6502a

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    i've been very fortunate. my preofessional career in technology has never really demanded much more than sneakers, jeans, and t-shirts.
     
  6. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    I don't normally deal with spiders, fortunately, but I do have to deal with moving peoples stuff they stack around their machines (how many beanie babies do they need to put on their imac?). Plus all the (full) file cabinets I have to move out of my way. Some days it would be better for me to show up in jeans and t-shirt, just to keep from ruining my clothes :D .
     
  7. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    and then there's the buck naked programmers/networkers who work the night shift:p
     
  8. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    a lot of t-shirts usually...solid color...usually black or something blue or green...a few collared short shirt sleeves...

    cargo pants...painter paints...my military cargo...whatever...

    usually doc martens or my skechers retro style...some steve maddens also...

    I usually shave every 2-3 days even...

    I don't dress up for work. My work setting is a small ad agency in the arts district of downtown New Orleans, so we all kinda do what we want within reason. Clients don't expect a creative to get all done up, so it's completely socially acceptable to be comfortable looking. ;)

    also...my boss likes to bump around the office with his shoes off... ;)
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    When I worked in a funeral home of course it was a white shirt, tie, dark suit, and black shoes.

    In nursing a white nurses uniform with white shoes.

    Both very clear cut as to what was expected.
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I wish I could wear jeans. I've been somewhat fortunate, actually. I've never had to get completely done up, except for one time when I worked for the Energy Board where I live.

    Much like your jobs, my jobs have never really required me to wear nice clothing because I never meet anybody important. It doesn't make sense to dress up for everybody else and feel uncomfortable.

    I wish to work full-time at a nudist colony, but they always laugh whenever I take off my clothes. Why is that?
     
  11. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    Don't feel bad. At the nudist colony they call me "tiny", and I'm over 6' tall. My wife says it because I'm so big :rolleyes:
     
  12. tazo macrumors 68040

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    well for school i just like to dress nice. I dont know like American Eagle and a pair of unionbay jeans heh i never really thought about it.... i am not really into the saggy crap; ehhh..
     
  13. SPG macrumors 65816

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    Luckily I work in a field where the suit is frowned upon, since it makes you look "old and out of touch". If you so much as wear a tie, you'll get questioned about how your court date went. I've had two professional jobs now where even shoes were optional. In fact at my current job, I've been told that I can show up in my bathrobe if I like, as long as I have at least boxers on...hmm maybe I will this week. Sure would be comfy editing dressed like that.
    That's the nice thing about working in the creative fields where macs are prominent, the people you work with can look past the way you dress.
     
  14. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Never been to a nudist colony. I have been called shorty for the same reason, just another way to be kidded. On the bright side people only kid you because that like you!
     
  15. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    that's the truth...esp. around here... :D

    as for being called shorty...I am 5'4... ;)
     
  16. bryanc macrumors 6502

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    I don't even own a tie...

    One of the great things about science is that no one cares how you dress.

    Whenever you see someone in a suit in a research area you know immediately that they're a sales rep of some sort, so you can either flee, or see if they're giving away free stuff.

    The people I know who work as sales reps have been lobying (with some success) to be allowed to go to sales meetings wearing sweatshirts/jeans because most scientists instinctively distrust anyone wearing a tie.

    And on the size topic, I bet I'm the shortest (male) here...I'm 5'2".
     
  17. dreamlance macrumors regular

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    At one of my jobs it's whatever you rolled out of bed in this morning.

    At the other, it's the austere black, white and grey attire, either dress pants or skirt. No flamboyant shirts or skirts allowed.

    And my boss is anal about it. :rolleyes:
     
  18. vniow macrumors G4

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    Damn, I'm 5'9", taller than a lot of the guys here it seems..[​IMG]
     
  19. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    I have a few dress shirts...and some ties...

    but I don't even own a suit...kinda sad...
     
  20. BaghdadBob macrumors 6502a

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    I had a job taking my friend's grandpa on and off the toilet and other pleasant duties to earn my first suit.

    At the time I was trying to get a job at Victoria's Secret (I had an insider). If I had succeeded it would have been my first real job. The guy at Men's Warehouse told me "you're going for the American dream, my friend" :D
     
  21. tazo macrumors 68040

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    *tazo is 5'9''*
     
  22. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    ha ha ha...now that's what I call going for the gold... :eek: (ok...bad joke)

    but yeah...I do have a suit...but kinda lost some weight since getting it...and it's too big...can't take in the pants even...

    I don't do much that calls for it though...I usually dress smart & clever than formal... ;)
     
  23. medea macrumors 68030

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    I am 5'9 myself.

    As far as business goes I generally wear black slacks and long sleeve dress shirts, various colors but never white and no tie. And I usually shop at the Banana or Express.
     
  24. scem0 macrumors 604

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    my ideal style for my ideal work place would be something like this:

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    Not buttoned all the way up though.

    Over this:

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    and some nice cargo pants:

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    :)

    scem0
     
  25. Zion Grail macrumors regular

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    scem0: SEGA! w00t! Still love 'em. Huge SEGA fan here.

    My work stuff (and what I usually wear) amounts to kakis and some kind of shirt with a collar.

    That being said, for dress occasions, it depends. If I have to go all out, here is the list:

    Black shirt w/ a black and silver tie (fades between the colors)
    Dark gray pants and sport coat
    Black overcoat
    black shoes and socks
    Black, stylish sunglasses. Can't forget those.

    Otherwise, I'll have some a gray sport coat/pants and black mock combo. Stylish, yet not overdone. Perfect.
     

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