Gord was envious to hear that I wore a golf shirt and a pair of slacks to work while he wore an Armani suit and a $300 pair of shoes. Depending on your employer's dress code, wearing a suit to work may be instant death but at other workplaces, you are expected to wear to a suit and tie.
Some consultants feel like they have to dress up to command the high rates they are charging. Gord is like that. He shops at the finest stores and buys only the finest in men's clothing. Sure, he looks good in an Armani suit but so would my dog. I don't think his employer cares if he wears a $40 pair of shoes from Marshall's or a $300 pair from Gucci. Gord should look at the work he is doing for his client and worry about the quality of the work he delivers rather than worry about scuffing up his expensive shoes.
Workplaces all over have dressed down rather than dressed up. Employers want their workers to be comfortable and when they are comfortable, they produce their best work. Tech companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook prefer their workers to wear a t-shirt and jeans unless you're in senior management where the business attire consists of a nice golf shirt or dress shirt and a pair of slacks.
When I go shopping for golf shirts and pants, I look for performance shirts and pants that are sold at sporting goods outlets. They are lightweight, comfortable and keeps you cool all day. When picking colours, just pick conservatively and try to stay away from big logos, emblems and fluorescent colours.
When choosing a job interview outfit, query online sources such as Quora to find out the dress code policy. From there, always dress one step up to impress, especially if the position you are interviewing for is in senior management. A suit may not be necessary but a dress shirt and slack would be a good start. Throw a tie in the car just in case you run into other candidates that are more dressed up than you.
Take it from Gayle Laakman McDowell, ex-Google hiring committee, 'don't show up naked' .
Smart casual is the way for most tech companies but don't abuse the rule by wearing shorts and flip-flops to work. A t-shirt and jeans are fine for everyday work but wear a nice dress shirt or for ladies, a nice blouse for an interview.
Employers are more interested in how you think than what you wear.
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