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Old 10-23-2014, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I used to be in advertising sales and had to wear a suit and tie five days a week. Try driving around during the summer and getting in and out of your car while wearing a suit. It's not always that fun, but I did it. I don't have much sympathy for people who complain about having to wear a suit in an air-conditioned office environment. A decent suit can actually be pretty comfortable.

Really, some of the excuses in this thread are really lame. Going to the dry cleaner once a while isn't a big deal and buying a couple suits at a time isn't that expensive.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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Boy do I disagree with this post. I'd say my experience is the exact opposite. If anything, quality of work and professionalism has the inverse correlation that you suggest.

In my 22 years of working professionally (which isn't that long), that is not what I've seen. Also, the places with the most relaxed / casual dress codes tends to treat the employees less professionally.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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I used to work for Verizon Wireless in their call center. Verizon at the time required us to wear (at a minimum slacks, a button down shirt and dress shoes) but encouraged a tie (and even a blazer if we wanted) to talk on the phone.

We were more professional on the phone when wearing business attire. On the rare instance that they let us wear jeans and a t-shirt, you could see a difference in call times, professionalism, etc.. in our reviews. We were more laid back and casual on the phone which led to longer call times.

I do believe your attire will change your attitude to a degree. I would have no issue with it. Before that job I drove a delivery truck during the day and wore a t-shirt and shorts. In the evening I changed into a suit to sell Real Estate. Even I could tell a difference in how I carried myself depending on what I wore.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: USA
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I work in a 10 story office building. We are the only office required to dress professionally, 5 days a week, no casual day ever.

It's hard to see others in their jeans, especially every Friday. It's a pain financially to have to have two wardrobes (work clothes vs. regular, fun clothes). And the really weird thing is, we seldom have clients in our office.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Understand the culture before you jump.
Ask to interview with prospective coworkers.

By the way, the answer to your question is NO!
At age 66. I am done with that.
There is reason that I work at home.
LOL, me too ( well, retired from my last full time job and working part time on a contract basis). I guess our business attire is cutoffs and T-shirts. Sometimes wrinkled. I love it.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: MA
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[quote=Pitt Chick;36988017]See post #108.... someone else already explained it.

ETA: oh.... and posts 113, 114, 115....[/quot


I think you are talking to the wrong person because you aren't making any sense. I think he gets it totally. Go back and see who you quoted to be sure you are angry with the correct person.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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I think you are talking to the wrong person because you aren't making any sense. I think he gets it totally. Go back and see who you quoted to be sure you are angry with the correct person.

She is. Pitt Chick made perfect sense.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:40 AM
 
Location: MA
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She is. Pitt Chick made perfect sense.


She made zero sense to me.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Crap...I forgot about that.....formal clothing requires DRY CLEANING. Ugh!!

I HATE going to the dry cleaners. It's just another errand to have to do every week or two. And it costs money, and it's just another thing to fit into my schedule.

Currently, I made certain that ALL of my business casual clothing are machine washable, so that I can do it at home on my own schedule and time, free of charge.

Dry cleaning sucks....NO THANKS!!!
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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Then don't take the job.

There are people out there that really want it and wouldn't mind at all and may even already have the appropriate wardrobe.

Hold out for a better fit.
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