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Dress to distress

The hallmark of being a proper, accepted businessman: the suit! Find a tie that matches your hair, or your glasses, or maybe that awful glaze that I see in your hair every time you’re dressed to impress some executive! The tie, hallmark of a generation? Of a working class beyond the dirty hands (the hands get dirty in any class, but this time I mean literal dirt)? Of distinction beyond sensibility? You are what you wear. The clothes make the man.

Stop being a friggin’ frigtard (frigtard)

A business that requires me to wear a certain kind of suit may just not be the place where I would like to work. I’m all for come-as-you-are attitudes, because, hey, you’re hiring people. Let’s put that in context. (Note that this does not apply to businesses where wearing a uniform makes plenty of sense, like when you’re safer by wearing it.)

The concept of uniforms, a set of clothing agreed upon by some one person, that is uniformly worn either and/or both on the business premises and/or when promoting the business. The concept that all Employees shall be treated Equal (”more caps please, this is supposed to make sense to your management!”), because they wear the same, so the focus can be on just the person instead of whether he really likes them Nikes or maybe favours a rather putrid shade of a reddish magenta.

It is by definition folly. The people that fill your desks, take your money and make your business are people. Unique people with unique traits. Now, unless you have a headless baboon going through the applications, interviewing them and appreciating their knowledge of the banana, you’ll actually work with people with traits you chose. You don’t empower uniqueness by trying to block all of the factors that are Irrelevant or Non-Enterprise or Social. You empower it by letting people be people. Feeling comfortable is a very good state to be in if you want to have productive people, doing what they do best. If they don’t like suits, don’t let them wear them, no matter how superficial their reasons may be. You hired a person, not a skill (as nice as the latter could be).

I really like suits. I also like jeans. And t-shirts. And ties. Man, do I love my ties. I even have a tie with Daffy Duck on it. It’s hideous. Let me wear it. I’m just me.

Tie fanaticism aside

Who are you kidding if you say that suits make people more Equal? I wouldn’t bet against that statement, but, okay, who are you kidding saying that that’s a result you really want? Diversity, when mixed well, can make the difference between failure and success. Steve Jobs calls it culture.

To the suit slaves among you, my readers!: wear a silly tie, a new one every day. Try a hideous bow-tie for once. No man is complete without a top hat. Dress to distress. It’s still a suit, right?

2 comments

  1. Don’t be shy, Rob, the Daffy is still one of the least remarkable in your collection.

    I wonder how a Fear and Loathing tie would look like. A great contest it would make, I’m sure.

    Let us all be free to apply your reasoning to hobby’s, hairstyle, shoes, music and cars too. Not to mention pastime.

  2. suits aren’t about being equal or whatever; they are about presenting you at your best. I have yet to encounter a business that demands the wearing of ties, but generally, people are really happy when you show up in full suit+tie for a jobinterview. At the very least it shows you care enough about your career to dress up.

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