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Old 04-24-2017, 09:07 PM
 
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I don't think so, the way I see it you're just the best looking person in the room
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I don't think so, the way I see it you're just the best looking person in the room
Yes there is. Sometimes it comes across as trying too hard. Ex wearing a ball gown to a baseball game. Even if you loom good people will think you are nuts.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Oh yes you can be overdressed or not dressed for the right occassion.. for some reason they usually have a scarf draped over their shoulder, be it man or woman. now I love scarves , dont get me wrong, but you know the types.. its either a very expensive pashmina type thing or a cashmere scarf draped casually.. but its taken them 15 mins or more to drape it so casual hahaha. I like to see someone nicely dressed.. but the overdressed overjewelled people are a bit much... we just have to look at the celebs on the red carpet, their trying to stand out so much that they can look ridiculous and trying too hard....
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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One can be, yes. But in the good ole U.S.A. these days, that's the least of our problems when it comes to dress and appearance!
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Old 04-25-2017, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yes there is. Sometimes it comes across as trying too hard. Ex wearing a ball gown to a baseball game. Even if you loom good people will think you are nuts.
Yes. Another (admittedly extreme) example would be wearing a tuxedo to a pool party. But the same basic principle applies with less extreme examples. In any situation where one stands out as a sore thumb, whether one is overdressed or underdressed, one is giving proof of bad judgement and lack of class.

Dress codes these days in the United States are rather flexible and a range of dress is normally present and acceptable, but the flexibility is not absolute and one can stand out on either extreme. Personally, I would rather err on the side of being overdressed (if I had to err at all), but my answer to the thread title question is a clear "yes", there really is such a thing as overdressed.
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Old 04-25-2017, 06:48 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Yes there is depending on the occasion, as others have mentioned. I work in a very small office, just the three of us including the owner. I am the only one who dresses in a semi professional manner. I don't wear a suit or anything but I wear nice pants or a skirt, a top and either a jacket or sweater to pull the outfit together. I'm probably "overdressed" considering the other employee has come in to work with cut off short shorts or a track suit. Even the boss wears shorts, a polo shirt and deck shoes almost every day. Maybe I'm old school, but I just can't go into work like that.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:01 AM
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Location: Washington, DC
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This post might have some value in Italy or Spain but in America if people overdress, at minimum they will be ridiculed behind their backs.

Every time I go to rural areas or deep suburbs, I'm very careful to dress down and plain. Men out there will not hesitate to scoff at men who look like outsiders, urbanites, liberals, hipsters, or who just look successful.

Good country stock wears scummy blue jeans, t-shirts, flannels and work boots.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Anyone wearing a coat and tie at our office of 400+ is immediately subject to comments like "job interview today?" because we are business casual, so anyone overdressed sticks out like a sore thumb. Around here no one cares about being the best dressed person in the room, the goal is to be comfortable.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Anyone wearing a coat and tie at our office of 400+ is immediately subject to comments like "job interview today?" because we are business casual, so anyone overdressed sticks out like a sore thumb. Around here no one cares about being the best dressed person in the room, the goal is to be comfortable.
No quarrel at all with your point, as I am already on record as being against sticking out like a sore thumb. But as to the comfort issue, I am not uncomfortable in a coat and tie.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Yes, certainly there is such a thing as being overdressed.

It doesn't always make you look like the "best looking person in the room." Sometimes you just look like you didn't really understand the event you were attending or that you didn't "get the memo."

Having said that, there is a big difference between being very dressed up/made up and "overdressed."
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