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IT Dress Code: 10 Cardinal Sins
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GeneA198
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9/24/2014 | 1:06:18 PM
Kilts
I think you missed a good one. (Of course this may count as nudity)  Do not show up in a Kilt, particularly if you are wearing it in the traditional manner.  This actually happened at one place I worked.
MemphisITDude
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9/24/2014 | 1:04:07 PM
Jeans Day Forever...
I'd expand the beard comment to include any exposed chest hair - please button up or buy a t-shirt! The job descriptions mentioned (ie "monitoring the network" and "provisioning virtual machines") clearly do not target executives. But before scoffing at your IT friends' dress during work hours, keep in mind they may have just put in an all-nighter or weekend to keep things running smoothly for you. As a consultant, I don't ever dress casual, but back when I was an employee showing up late and casual the day after an all-nighter was like a job benefit everyone mutually agreed on...
Laurianne
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9/24/2014 | 12:21:06 PM
Re: hats
Hats I can deal with in a business setting. Some people make hats really work. But low-riding jeans, for men or women, no. When you're stuck behind this person, it's a loooong tradeshow escalator ride.
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dwebb608,
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9/24/2014 | 11:43:56 AM
Beards
Haven't seen your neck in a few weeks?  I haven't seen mine in 34 Years!

Still, when it gets too shaggy, it needs trimming before my wife buys me a flea collar or gets me a bear license!
dwebb608
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9/24/2014 | 11:38:20 AM
Re: hats
In my eyes, hats have 3 functions, all of which are outdoor-appropriate

1) They keep my head warm when it's below 0 (standard Chicago winter weather)

2) They keep the sun out of my eyes (useful in the bleachers)

3) They help protect my bald pate from sunburn (lobster red is not an appropriate skin color)

This puts them in the same category as the cycling and exercise gear -- doff them once you're inside!
Somedude8
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9/24/2014 | 11:21:59 AM
Hawaiian Shirts
Glad that Hawaiian shirts didn't make the list. I would miss my favorite bright yellow one.
KevinRCasey
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9/24/2014 | 11:18:41 AM
Re: Costumes...
Fair enough: Per ColinM446, we will hereby exempt corporate Halloween parties so that the revised statute shall read: "On that day and that day alone wearing a Star* (or other Galactic) uniform MAY be acceptable."

(Please note the MAY in Colin's language. This decision should not be made lightly.)
ChrisMurphy
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9/24/2014 | 11:12:12 AM
Re: hats
Don't give up your hat, @JonNLakeland -- wear it strong, don't listen to these doubters! 
D. Henschen
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9/24/2014 | 10:47:14 AM
Re: Nudity on the show floor
I recall an occassion in the 1980s when one well-known contributor to a publication I used to work for came down to the exhibit-hall floor of a prominent industry trade show in his bath robe and slippers. Needless to say it caused a stir and security guards had him removed. Was it something about losing his room key? Not sure, but he should have used the house phone to call the front desk and wait upstairs. Needless to say we stopped using that guy as a contributor.
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9/24/2014 | 10:29:28 AM
Re: Cologne?!
Sounds like an episode from the TV program The Office. That's not a good sign :-)
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