THE "SHIFT" IN PROFESSIONAL WORKCLOTHES: Trading suits for leisure clothing

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 03, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    I've talked a bit about it before on here, but I continue to be amazed about the shift from more formal work clothes to laid back polos and jeans.
    You can see the "reflection" of this at the retail level.

    A few years ago I always wore a shirt and tie (especially if I was to see any client), then it was casual Friday, with polo shirt and slacks..... now I rarely wear any suits in the summer, its chino pants with tie... and thats only about half the time. Today its polo shirt and jeans. And I feel right at home.

    Had stopped past Dillards to see about any sales and noticed their suit department had shrunk by a third. "They just don't sell like they used to", an associate there said. Taking the place of the suits was the Ralph Lauren big and tall section (emphasizing "big").... maybe that isn't the best trade....LOL

    What do you wear to work? Any changes recently?
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    Jun 03, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    I've lost the tie.
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    Jun 03, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    Swim trunks and flip flops. Srsly.
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    Jun 03, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidI've lost the tie.


    and sometimes a polo.. just depends on the weather.
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    Jun 04, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    Business casual

    About damn time!!! Dressing up like a stuffed turkey is stoopid!
  • tazzari

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    Dressing up like a stuffed turkey is stoopid!

    Who the heck cooks your turkeys? With a tie? icon_biggrin.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    This is what I wear to work:

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    (At least it blends with something!)

    And it's due to change again, hopefully after I retire, to something similar to this:

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  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    And our Army Greens are changing from

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    to the Army Service Uniform

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    I work in a semi high end clothing store and our suiting has definitely gone down the crapper. We sell more fitted polos and dress pants now, its a really nice look if the colours are kept to blacks and greys and whites, along with dress shoes or loafers of course.

    Some tips for you fashion challenged guys,

    - its okay to not wear a tie
    - never wear a tie with a short sleeved dress shirt
    - always match the belt and shoes
    - no pleats on your dress pants please, unless it begins at the mid thigh level and is faint
    - know your body type, and dress accordingly
    - short in shape guys: dress shirts, golf shirts should fit tight to make u look long, get ur pants hemmed.
    - short out of shape guys: dress shirts with the collar open, avoid the tie, try a sweater vest to cover the outofshape-ness.
    - tall in shape guys, looser fitting shirts through the body, still properly hitting the shoulders though, suits look best on this type.
    - tall out of shape guys, dress shirts open collar and untucked with darker pants, suits also fit this type well.

    seasonal things for summer
    - linen is in if your going semi casual for dinners, lunches etc, its not just for the beach anymore
    - dont do the vest, unless its a sweater vest and its chilly out.
    - go for slim fitting, it accentuates most body types
    - all suits should be altered to fit you, theyre made standard and are meant to be altered - just let it happen.
    - ask the store associate which shirts are meant to be tucked and which arent before you just go and tuck everything in.

    hmm, any more questions feel free to message me, retail is my job till i start my career!
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    Jun 04, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    We've been business casual at my office for the last 8 years. Jeans on Fridays.

    We just got word today that we can wear shorts on Fridays for the summer. I'll do it if I don't have meetings, but I am finding it a little difficult to think I'll be taken seriously wearing shorts.

    This is a Fortune 100 company we're talking about too, not some rinky dink fly by night outfit. Maybe if there were more people who work here that I would actually enjoy seeing wearing shorts, it would make a difference. There are more overweight women than anything, and just the thought of that is giving me chills. Will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings!
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    Jun 04, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    Suits or at least good slacks & blazers with ties are de rigueur for my colleagues and me. I work in a truly professional field and deal with a lot of people during my typical day. I'm in board meetings, seminars, lectures, and staff meetings in a typical week. We all dress well. Now in surgery or doing a procedure (scoping, for instance) I'll wear scrubs or other protective clothing.

    I work in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles, as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York. These areas are more sophisticated than some other parts of the country. The other professional men and women I come into contact with don't dress down. I don't think I'd care to have my portfolio manager, attorneys, other physicians, bankers, pharmacists, or others I deal with showing no respect for their professions and appearing in jeans. Casual dress might be more appropriate for professionals in the heartland, or in small town America. Most important is to blend in and show respect for the patients and other colleagues.
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    Jun 04, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    Boss and the managers wear business casual with ties, the rest worse than casual. I wear business casual and on that rare occasion, a tie.

    I wont' mention what some of the clients that cross our doors wear. Well, you can see them over on the People Of Walmart blog. They apparently shop there. A lot.
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    Jun 04, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    CAJock753 said I don't think I'd care to have my portfolio manager, attorneys, other physicians, bankers, pharmacists, or others I deal with showing no respect for their professions and appearing in jeans.

    Have no fear. The legal profession is not going to abandon the suit, tie, and polished dress shoes anytime soon. We'll cling to the suit just as British barristers just couldn't bring themselves to jettison the wig.
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    Jun 04, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    I'd like to think it's because people are realizing that "professional" means having valuable skills - not play acting and dressing up like a clown.
  • silverfox

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    Jun 04, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    When I moved to Florida I was amazed...I was in the same industry as I was up north, management level..but that was the end of the suit and tie. I never see them here (except for funerals). I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I just things are more professional in business attire. But it is so frigin hot down here that I couldn't imagine it if I had to wear a suit some days.
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    Jun 04, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    Unifom all the way, but mines better hehe
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    Jun 04, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
    lswh saidUnifom all the way, but mines better hehe


    well...the rugby bit is coolio....and if he stops shaving his head gains 15lbs of muscle and gets me 2 beers....id fuk

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    Jun 04, 2010 7:29 AM GMT
    Fashion has shifted itself these days. As the more formal "times" were up until around the 1990's, now that the older generations are beginning to step down from higher authority positions in companies, the younger replacements are proven to be of a more relaxed nature.

    In actuality; it's almost reversing itself. In many cases, casual is found at work...and when people go out in public, they are generally dressed better than they do for work.

    Fashion trends are always fun to follow...never makes sense!