Fashion, Fashion, Fashion…
As everyone knows, first appearances matter, so what appearance are you putting out for others in the working world to see?
I personally try to make an effort to dress down so that I am not misconstrued as an elitist, or as someone who is unapproachable, or someone relies too heavily on looks to get ahead. My aim is to be the real Mccoy, what you see is what you get and what you get is down to earth and relaxed. That’s just how I roll! Yet as I have progressed through life, I have realized that I have to get off of my “relaxed fit” soapbox from time to time and enter into the “dress to impress” side of life. Luckily, as a freelancer, I don’t have to do this too much, because frankly, being fashionable it takes a lot of time and effort. That “fashion time” is the time I would rather spend on other things. For rookie shoppers, it can take a lot of money as well.
Luckily I live in LA which is the best place for cool relaxed/professional clothing this side of the Mississippi. It’s only cheap when you hit the thrift shops, but that’s what I have done for years so its no trouble for me. It’s a fun thing to do when you have the time etc. Although I wouldn’t say I am by any means a fashionista, I do think I have a good sense of style when I apply myself. Most importantly I stay away from logos, and generic anything. When it comes to clothing, I like simple but poignant items if that makes any sense.
But enough about me, is professional dress really that important? Some people would say yes, some might say no. I really think there is a bit of a generational divide happening here. As it seems that the younger companies seem to be adopting more lax dress codes. One would wonder if a more formal attire society-wide will make a comeback within my lifetime? I have personally always felt like a tie is only good to hang yourself with. When I see someone wearing a tie, I inherently trust him less actually. I feel like he’s getting ready to rob me somehow with some quick slight of speech routine. (If you’re interested in learning more about the modern suit’s heritage check out my other article on “Why Business is the Modern Warfare.” where I go into that concept further.)
I also write about many of these influences in my newest book “Startup Fever, How Crowdfunding Will Rebuild the American Dream.” Which you can purchase here http://tinyurl.com/neff8j8 in either Ebook or Print…
Life is too short to maintain appearances I feel. The irony is that I also like getting dressed up from time to time when the occasion calls for it, as style is a healthy part of individuality when used correctly… It’s a strange paradox indeed.. Bottom line here being that I know everyone has their own breed of crazy, a good looking exterior doesn’t mean you’re not nuts… I deal with clients personal problems, so I know the nitty gritty of these issues.
Many times the more stylish the person is, the more exterior driven they are. Now this isn’t always the case, but I know the more luxury logos a person is wearing the more suspicious I become. I start to think that the person might be overcompensating for some form of the perceived internal deficit or lack of self-worth or individuality. For lack of a better term, I guess you could say that I have found many people who become “Existential Escapist Fashionistas”; attempting to define their life by the external appliances of the world. Now some artists might be able to get away with doing this in a spiritual quest kind of way, but I would imagine most people are just looking for the attention they didn’t get from mommy and daddy or the hot guy/gal from their childhood. I guess it’s stereotypical to say that people who put on appearances are money driven, but it makes sense because it takes money to maintain a hip style.
HERE’S A NEW FLASH! All of us, collectively as a species have deep-seated spiritual and emotional problems! If you were perfect you would not have been born here. So let’s admit that we are all in need of a little personal development… Stop paying high prices for slave-made logo goods, and get into a healthier cultural trend within the world of Corporate Fashion. I don’t know what this future would hold, but I know that it’s possible and that without the “suit” culture, people would be a lot less emotionally shut down at work!
You all have fun out there, while I go bald over here writing articles and stressing over minutia. 🙂
Until next time…. Have yourself a really nice cup of coffee, I bet you that you will finish that cup feeling right as rain!
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