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Old 08-17-2013, 10:11 PM
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I agree that you do not want to wear suits all the time, unless it is the norm, and you need various levels of suits, from formal to semi-casual, so that you can match to the occasion. For an initial client meeting, a suit would be fine, but subsequent meetings may not require that, especially if it is not the norm for your company. However, what you can do is upgrade the quality and cut of your shirt, substituting royal oxford cloth for oxford, for example, such that you are dressing in the acceptable norm for your role, yet you present a more fashionable and polished appearance to the world at large.

I tend to dress a bit more formally, but it's because I was born wearing a jacket and tie (LOL...close to it) and had to dress for dinner, including evening attire for special dinners, regularly. I have a large collection of ties in various fabrics, colors, and degrees of formality, and I once worked for a firm that had an owner/manager who lived in shorts and Topsiders, save for winter when he wore long pants and Topsiders or cowboy boots. He was a very straightforward personality and did not feel the need to impress, since he had a reputation and strong client base, yet he did not want a formal office. He had a rule whereby he would cut the tie off someone's neck, after giving them 30 seconds to remove it and keep it off, because he did not need to be impressed, and could not stand pretense. I wore ties everyday to the office, and when someone asked him at one of our parties why he didn't enforce his rule on me, he said that it was obvious that I wore my collection of ties to express my own taste, and as such, he interpreted that as a form of artistic expression, which he appreciated.

Dress for yourself, not to impress, and it's better to have higher quality tailored pieces that are within the expectations of your company's norm than it is to buy mid-range suits to wear all the time. Buy some good suits for initial client meetings, and keep a quality blazer on hand to wear over the rest of your wardrobe, but you don't need to adopt the power suit look, especially in IT.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
~William Shakespeare
(As You Like It Act II, Scene VII)

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:54 PM
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I'm in love with Linda Richards <grin>. Dress me, Linda!
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:09 PM
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slowly building the wardrobe up. picked up a navy blue blazer and a few ties today. looking at a pair of shell cordovan captoe shoes now. thanks @bmwguydc
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