I’ve struggled with business dress for a long time. It’s inconvenient (requires ironing), complicated (business casual dinner for a woman?) and it’s often uncomfortable (why don’t women’s suits have pockets??) It’s even harder now that I work with people that are more likely to show up naked than show up in a suit.
I don’t care what people wear, and I’d much rather be wearing sweat pants, so why do I ever wear a suit?
I finally figured it out.
I do not want my clothes to make an impression for me.
I dress to not stand out. (At least when doing business.)
If someone at a business meeting is going to remember something about me, I don’t want it to be my clothes. I want it to be the idea I was talking to them about. So if they expect me to be wearing a suit, I want to show up in one, so they don’t even notice it. If they are expecting me to wear khaki’s, then that’s what I want to be wearing. So that my ideas get 100% of their attention.
And I’ll wearing my sweats as soon as I get home …