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Old 05-06-2021, 07:30 AM
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The thread about sloppy adults dressing sloppy or as children got me thinking. It seems to me that Iím seeing fewer and fewer suits being worn. I donít work in a suit environment and never wanted to. But many do and have been required to wear them like it or not. Many places seem to have gone business casual. The only people I really see wearing a suit and tie anymore are politicians, preachers and TV news and talk show people. Some people still have to wear them in certain businesses and some church goers still do, but they are not as prevalent as they once were. Maybe those high water skinny suits forced this to happen.
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It’s been dying for two decades.
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The thread about sloppy adults dressing sloppy or as children got me thinking. It seems to me that Iím seeing fewer and fewer suits being worn. I donít work in a suit environment and never wanted to. But many do and have been required to wear them like it or not. Many places seem to have gone business casual. The only people I really see wearing a suit and tie anymore are politicians, preachers and TV news and talk show people. Some people still have to wear them in certain businesses and some church goers still do, but they are not as prevalent as they once were. Maybe those high water skinny suits forced this to happen.
Most of my jobs are "business casual". was looking for a new opportunity at one time. Got a job offer, but looking around I noticed everyone wearing jacket and tie. I asked the hiring manager about it, jacket and tie required. I thanked them for the offer and politely declined. no suits, and no jackets w/ tie for me.
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Everything is becoming more casual. I'm a teacher, and so was my dad. I remember him wearing a shirt and tie almost everyday except Fridays when they were allowed to wear jeans. I started teaching about 16 years ago and when I first started, I would wear a shirt and tie a couple times a week or a nice button down shirt and khakis and dress shoes. Now I wear golf shirts and pants or a school pullover most days. This year as long as you get out of bed and put pants and a shirt on, you are good to go. I've noticed almost all businesses have become more casual over the past 15-20 years. It doesn't affect the way I do my job, I might as well be comfortable.
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it lives, but mostly in NYC
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I had a few accounts where I had to wear a suit. Got a wild hair and bought a Hart Schaffner Marx suit.

wore it probably 5 times

It's really nice but I'm retired now.

Anyone wear a size 52 long? Too nice to get buried in.
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I've worked in corporate America since the mid 80's. All the large companies around here have been business casual for the past 20 yrs. Now we're all working from home in sweat pants and Tee shirts.

I did wear a suit to attend a funeral a couple months back.
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Shorts and a tee shirt for me. Maybe shoes or sandals, too.
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Why anyone thinks it is fun to sit around an office all day with a noose on, is beyond me.
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As another indicator.. My former boss and good friend has been in the business of restoring 1960ís or so laundry press equipment to better than new condition with sales all over the US and even Australia. They are simple, long lasting, and easy to work on compared to new equipment.

He had a following that kept him busy for many years. But even before covid, business was almost dead due to the above. Now itís even worse.
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I walk around in my 'jamies' to piss off THTers...
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I have a wedding coming up. Outdoors in July, wife wants me in a suit. Groom and bride are wanting more casual knowing it is more than likely going to be 90+ degrees. We are business casual at best at work. Not even sure if my suits even fit anymore, have not worn one in at least three years.
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Originally Posted by kennyboy View Post
I walk around in my 'jamies' to piss off THTers...
At least you can was ‘em in your Speed Queen and not have a big bill at the dry cleaners.
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I work at a bank (non customer facing) and even we are dot-comish with our dress code. Jeans etc. Most folks dress business casual. The Indians still dress up more.... It's considered impolite for an indian to wear shor sleeves or short pants in public (but somehow knarly toenails and sandals are appropriate). I still dress appropriatley for the occasion.... If the boss is in town or a managinf director, I try to tone it up a bit.
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When I married my 3rd wife, I did not wear a suit. One of my friends showed up wearing a suit after we told everyone no suits or ties.
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Interviews and sales presentations. That's about it. Like someone else said even the large banks we do business with is either business casual or smart casual.
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I generally view overdressed sales people that visit us with great skepticism. Seriously...jeans and a polo is plenty professional for any activity I ever wish to be part of. Khaki's at the very most.
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I work in a suit environment and have been home for a year. Iím going back to office full time in June and I wish suits would totally die 100%.

I work for a very conservative FI non customer facing.


most men wear shirt and tie but expected to wear a suit at my level. It awesome in August in Florida.
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Originally Posted by teqmod View Post
I have a wedding coming up. Outdoors in July, wife wants me in a suit. Groom and bride are wanting more casual knowing it is more than likely going to be 90+ degrees. We are business casual at best at work. Not even sure if my suits even fit anymore, have not worn one in at least three years.
My sister wanted everyone in suits for her outdoor wedding in August a few years ago. It was over 100 outside. I showed up in shorts and a nice button down. Her and my mom are still mad at me. I dont care, I dont negotiate with terrorists.
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I typically wear jeans or shorts and a polo to work. I'm a project manager and work in a high rise downtown.

I get a lot of compliments on my legs from the ladies. All my boss has said if I want to move up into middle management I'd need to start dressing better. I told him I have zero interest in being a people manager.

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