Last Updated Dec 9, 2009 10:30 AM EST
But Harvard Business Publishing blogger David Silverman puts a different spin on suits in his piece, What Your Suit Says About You. He likes the fact that he no longer worries about whether his choice of clothing for the day will match up appropriately with what his customers are wearing. Suits are (almost) always acceptable business wear.
But there's something more to a suit than comfortable conformity, says he.
When I teach my class of college students, themselves arrayed in garb ranging from gaudy to grunge to garbage I say, "Why do I wear a suit? Because it's easy, yes. Because it makes me feel professional, yes. But also because it shows respect. Putting on a suit tells the person I meet with that I value them enough to dress up for them.Do you like wearing a suit at work? How does it make you feel? Do you feel respected when you meet with a suit-wearing man or woman?