Anonymous User wrote:
OP. I agree with your decision and everyone else's advice. Ive had to do the same in previous positions and will for my current summer position as well. While it kind of aggravates me, having money matters far more. What I can't figure out though, is that every time I get a comment similar to the ones you receive, it's almost like people think you're actively trying to out do them or make them look bad. But Ive always thought suits were EASIER than business casual or almost any other attire only because all I need to do is choose my shirt and tie which is a lot easier than putting together an outfit and making sure everything matches.
Can anyone explain the general idea I guess you could say behind seeing someone in an office in a suit and equating that with Douchery? I know it's true and happens in real life, and of course I conform in most instances where my economic welfare is at stake, but I still am genuinely curious as to why so many professional organizations (law firms, i banks, etc.) seem to be straying away from the quintessential mark of professionalism (and save me damn time choosing things to wear to look casual, but not too casual).
Professionalism is being able to adjust your attire appropriately according to your office environment. For guys this should be pretty easy, and thus if you screw it up it makes you look pretty incompetent. Women have a little bit more freedom, in part because our outfits are way more complicated and varied.