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jgherbert
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9/25/2014 | 1:38:24 PM
So, Comedy Aside...
Lots of fun on this post, but actually there's a real problem with the dress code because there simply isn't a standard; it's very much defined by the company at which you work and to some extent, even, the job role you have. 

For example, my own experience of US banks/financials is that they are suit/tie places across the board. Meanwhile working for an EU financial it was all "business casual". I've worked in an enterprise where I was told with humor but absolute sincerity at the interview that if I showed up on day 1 with "that tie on" it would be cut off me rather unceremoniously ;-) Another Enterprise leaned towards neat pants (trousers) and shirts (not polo shirts), but did not go for ties. Elsewhere I've found clusters of geeks who break the normal rules and dress like rebels where the rest of the company is more formal. Then finally I guess are the startups, especially where it involves coders or security wonks, where the dress code amounts to "please wear some", because the job you do is more important than how suave you look when you do it.

Anything customer-facing though - meetings, presentations, etc., to third parties, requires a step up. Many managers in the more relaxed organizations I worked at would have a suit in the car or in their office just in case the need to up their game arose during the day.

I suspect that the biggest problem as a new employee is figuring out what the dress code really is for your job level and role :)
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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9/25/2014 | 1:31:43 PM
Re: Telecommuter attire
@David F. Carr> That's funny. I have a paranoia about that kind of thing, though I haven't got to the stage of putting a post-it over the camera lens on my Macbook yet.

 

On a related note, this is one of my favorite Dilbert strips on the matter (reconstruct at your leisure):

 

   http // dilbert.com/strips/comic/1994-06-07/
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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9/25/2014 | 1:27:22 PM
Beards and Sandals
So look, I understand that sandals are considered a "no no" and beards likewise. What I want to know then, is this:

"Who is going to have the guts to go tell that to the mainframe support team?"

You used to be able to tell the Unix and VAX system admins apart based on presence (or otherwise) of sandals, socks, garish ties, flared collars, etc.
Susan Fourtané
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9/25/2014 | 8:10:25 AM
Re: Kilts
Gene, 

I don't think you have a point there. If you are in Scotland, or even if you a Scot living and working abroad there is absolutely anything bad in wearing your Kilt. It's perfectly acceptable.

The fact that it doesn't belong to your culture doesn't mean it's wrong. 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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9/25/2014 | 8:01:57 AM
Hats: The odd one out
Kevin, 

I find it quite hard to believe that anyone in his/her right mind can actually go to the office wearing any of the things mentioned. I don't even consider jeans and T-shirts appropriate for the office. All of them are just "things" that I don't consider part of a decent work-related wardrobe.

I would never hire anyone who dares to go to the office wearing pijamas, no matter how great software engineer they could be. Did they actually take a shower before going to work, or jumped straight from their bed to the car and to the office? But ...  

"Nothing looks more stupid than a hat." Ladies and gentlemen alike ... " <- Stupid?

Hats? I centainly believe you are wrong in that bit. There is absolutely anything wrong with wearing hats when you are matching them with the appropriate clothing. They are classic, elegant, which is something that seems to be missing from the rest of the "things" in the slideshow. Maybe the view of a hat is different in Europe than in the US. 

I know the CEO of a successful startup who always wears a hat. The hat has become part of his personality, almost a signature item that you associate with him and his company. He is always impecable and sends an image of classic elegance to the startup world, which sometimes seems to be in need of such example.

And he is not the only one wearing hats. Others in this part of the world wear hats, too. Even I was wearing a navy blue hat yesterday to complement a navy blue dress and shoes.

What you wear and how you wear it makes a startement about your personality. What you wear mirrors such things as laziness, poor hygene, it tells if the person is careless, or goes into detail; etc.

Once, during an interview, the person interviewing me didn't miss opportunity to look at my shoes. Some years after that, I asked her about this. She said that a few things tell so much about the person as the shoes they are wearing. She paid special attention to the detail and would never tolerate anyone badly dressed at work. 

In terms of what some people wear in their home-office, well, it's an office and the place where you work after all. You shouldn't be wearing your pijamas in your home-office either during your working hours. 

-Susan
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9/24/2014 | 5:11:10 PM
Re: hats
Seriously, the baggy pants look on a dude with a thong while he is crawling under the desk to check connections almost guarantees a long break to the coffee bar.  Yes, it happened.
KevinRCasey
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9/24/2014 | 3:56:57 PM
Re: Scruffy Facial Hair
Touché.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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9/24/2014 | 3:05:35 PM
Telecommuter attire
Those of us who work at home face hazards that go beyond Casual Friday. I once sat down to a morning web conference (well, it might have been 11 am ... noon) still in my bathrobe and was surprised to see the video camera turn on. I turned it off quickly, but still ...
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9/24/2014 | 2:22:16 PM
Scruffy Facial Hair
How about not looking like your razor broke several days ago? Keep it neat.

Oh, wait... Sorry, Kevin.
Lorna Garey
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9/24/2014 | 2:15:18 PM
Re: Kilts
Come on, I love a man in a kilt! Well, assuming he looks like that dude in Outlander ...

http://www.accesshollywood.com/outlander-cast-what-is-it-about-a-man-in-a-kilt_video_2270137

 
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