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    Re: dressing etiquette for a developer

    I recall reading an article somewhere, several years ago, that suggested productivity tended to be higher in shops with more "traditional" dress codes. The hypothesis put forward by the author was that casual dress could lead to casual behaviour, though I don't think any such concept was even close to being proven in that article. (Maybe the type of people hired and the attitudes of management that lead to poor work environments/habits also lead to lax dress codes?)

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    Re: dressing etiquette for a developer

    For me, it depends on the situation. Given a choice of working with an effective slob vs. a well-dressed incompetent, I'd take the slob without a moment's thought. However where customer contacts are involved, the former would have to accommodate the need to establish a good first impression and maintain it when necessary.

    I was told by a VP of Finance many years ago that venture capitalists in particular like to see orderly and clean environments. Apparently they equate even the illusion of it with efficient and wise use of their investment.

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    Re: dressing etiquette for a developer

    I would go with what the prevailing dress is within the company. I've worked at some companies where shorts and t-shirt were the norm (shoes optional...I'm serious) and at other companies where more business-like attire was expected. My current job is a Dockers and shirt company--from the president on down.

    Whatever the attire, however, I believe you should always look neat. Clean clothes in good repair. Neatly pressed pants and shirt (if it's not a jeans and T-shirt company). You can look like a slob in a jacket and necktie. Conversely, you can look put together in jeans and a decent shirt.

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    dressing etiquette for a developer

    Programmers are renowned to be shabbily dressed people ( I have heard this alot ). Do you really need to be properly dressed if you are a developer, does it affect your productivity. I personally have worked in both environments where I did'nt have much concern for my dress code, and the other one where I had to be properly dressed. I found the latter to be more enjoying.

    But is this really essential.



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    Re: dressing etiquette for a developer

    I've also heard that you should 'dress for the job you want, not necessarily the job you have.'

    I agree that dress code should be dictated by the environment. I've been told in some circles though that consultants should 'kick it up a notch' and dress a little better than their clients.

    I work in an environment that is pretty casual. Jeans on Fridays for sure, and many wear them other times as well. I don't, but that's my personal taste. I don't take myself seriously if I'm in jeans. I always wear skirts, blouses, jackets. I think women are the worst dressers there are when it comes to business casual, or casual. (ever seen a size 10 spandex on a size 16 butt? )

    Bottom line, what's the dress code where you work, dress within those standards, and within your comfort zone.
    Just say NO to spandex though

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    Re: dressing etiquette for a developer

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jeanj:
    (ever seen a size 10 spandex on a size 16 butt? )

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    Just say NO to spandex though

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