Wearing a suit - much debate over social media about whether wearing a suit is outdated

And should only be warn sparingly given most occupations/ professions/clients no longer bother.

last week I went to a meeting at a well known strategy consultancy, and the three that were in the meeting were very casual, with two of them in fleece type things and the other in a long sleeved T-shirt 

personally I like wearing a suit saves faffing about deciding what to wear. 

social media is not a reflection of normal society.

i'm not sure I have any advisors or clients who don't wear a suit.,


Our CEO doesn't wear a suit.

That means his exec team now doesn't wear a suit.

So the leadership teams below that doesn't either.


Means anyone wearing a suit looks a bit puffed-up.  

My suits now for the limited occasions I attend the Board or go to Court.  I like that allocation.  Being free of a suit, and the ironing, is nice.

I haven't worn a suit for about 10 years, even to court or a job interview 

I did feel immediatley uncomfortable , and removed my tie.

A close friend is a pretty seniorish guy working for an Insurer in Bristol. They have recently introduced a " dress for the day" regime, where one wears what ever they want as is appropiate. He says it is embarrassing with many of the under 30's wearing garish outlandish clothes just for the sake of it.

just a blouse and underwear?

the clients must think that's great


I always wear a suit to court.

I reckon i’m far more likely to get off.

Just underwear in court then? Nothing too grey I hope.

When I first started attending meetings at government departments I was wearing suits but nobody else was bothering so I soon ditched that. Next rung down was wearing a tweed jacket but that soon changed to just wearing a pullover and some trousers.

I just don't feel in work mode if I were to routinely wear at work what I wear at home or down the pub. The mad summer last year, I just left the suit and shirts in the office and travelled in , wearing jeans and trainers.

I guess it is fine doing once or so a week but every day not for me.

There's a wide gulf of possible clothing between suit and what you wear to the pub 

What a race to the fvcking bottom. Do you hold yourself to high standards professionally? Yes? Why then not look like you actually give a shit about your standards.

Further, unclear what relevance backwater Bristol insurers and government dweebs have to setting sartorial principles across the nation

Smart casual seems appropriate for most things these days.

Don’t like it when people are too casual, maybe that means I’m old.

I have very very few clients who turn up to meetings in suits and generally they don't bat an eyelid if it's Friday and I'm wearing jeans and a shirt.

Problem is most people adopt this odd wear that makes them look like a geography teacher or golf shop assistant. 


@foxbat backwater Insurer, do explain? An A+ rated insurer with 30,000 employees in total is hardly backwater, other than that I agree with you

I find I'm more active when I'm working with a customer who have a casual dress-code, as I'm more likely to hop on a hire bike before/after work and skip a tube stop or two.

I would never do this in a suit.

Fox I'm quite capable of managing a high standard of work without wearing a wool trousers and shiny shoes.

That’s the problem bananama.  Whenever they had dress down at my last firm the (male) partners dressed like they were off down the fucking garden centre.

Those fleece waistcoat manufacturers must be scratching their heads at their unplanned profits. See also the makers of those twat boots for cyclists. 

Didnt one of the big 4 or mc firms recently drop their wear what you want policy, apart from Fridays.

bananman  what are these boots for cyclists you speak of?

Sort of gimp wear rubber envelope, presumably to keep out the monsoon rains on their 20 minute bike ride from Clapham to Cheapside, or give them less wind resistance to ensure they are at maximum speed approaching pedestrians looking at their phones. 

re ironing- buy a non-iron shirt, wash at relatively low temperature and hang on a shirt hanger to dry and it is not necessary.

Anyone who is anyone in the world of big business these days wears a Patagonia gilet

I think it is the rise of female professionals that is putting pay to the suit.  Hard for men to have to wear this rather strict uniform while women wear pretty much what they want.

It is completely meaningless but everyone does it because they are scared of what everyone else thinks


I think it will be a long time before suits disappear but they are a nonsense

what is wrong with wearing a suit and no tie, or going to meetings in suit trousers,and shirt  and no tie . Problem is , when you say wear what you want people become extravagant and attention seeking in what they choose to wear, hence I suspect why one of the Big 4 outfit dropped the where what you want policy

What Supes said. I did go to a church christening recently where hardly anyone was wearing a suit. Kind of informal and good. The vicar didn't care.

I just don't feel in work mode if I were to routinely wear at work what I wear at home or down the pub.

I'm basically at work all the time as I manage teams in 4 countries.  That means when giving advice it can be any time of the day.  Sometimes that's in bed wearing nothing, in my pants on the sofa, in my home office or in the office.  Would be a bit limiting if I had to throw on a suit each time just so I could get in da zone

I haven't seen anyone wearing anything extravagant on dress down Friday at my firm.

I can't see the point of wearing a suit without a tie.

I tend to dress "smart casual", i.e. sports jacket and chinos, comfortable shoes. I'll stick on a tie if someone important comes in.

I only wear suits and shiny shoes for weddings, funerals and very important meetings.

Anyone who is anyone in the world of big business these days wears a Patagonia gilet


It's a power symbol to say you're not conforming to what people want.

Only times our CEO has worn a tie is to a Parliamentary select committee and the Senate oversight committee.  

I can't see the point of wearing a suit without a tie.

And what's the point of wearing one with a tie?

You have heard the joke about dress down code at Rothschild?

On a Friday they wear court/tunic shirts with a soft collar as opposed to a starched one. Boom!

You have heard the joke about dress down code at Rothschild?

On a Friday they wear court/tunic shirts with a soft collar as opposed to a starched one. Boom!

It's all over for wearing a suit isn't it 

makes sense - who cares to pay those dry cleaning bills?

I'm afraid I'm something of a dinosaur. I wear at least a jacket and tie most of the time if I'm not working on the farm.

As someone said above, it saves having to think about what one should wear.

I confess that I don't even own a pair of blue canvas trousers.

lolz , i don't know how often yours dry cleaned but you can get it done for a tenner nowadays

**imagines being stuck behind Jorrocks on a country road, pootling along with a box of tissues on his rear parcel shelf**

*imagines AP seething in Audi RS4 estate with driving gloves tightly gripping steering wheel and Top Gear Driving Anthems drowing out the screaming*

But why pay a tenner every now and then?

when choosing between 10 and 0, I normally go for 0

RS6 akshully.  No driving gloves, and currently listening to Four Tet, Thom Yorke's most recent one (bit gash tbh) and Hot Chip's most recent one (couple of gooduns).

Things are a bit tight though, so Lynn is trying to persuade me to downgrade to a Rover Mini.  I just talked over her.

Good choice. In a car as underpowered as that overtaking National Express coaches becomes a long drawn out affair. 


"Powersappingly mundane".  Not my words, the words of Autocar Magazine.

None of you losers obviously has any serious international clients 

Also what I'm wearing except for the shoes costs less than £200, whereas an acceptable suit is going to cost more than £200, and the jacket is going to spend most of the time on the office hung up.

whilst I'm here, I get cold in most offices so I could keep a suit jacket on but that looks weird, so I'd prefer to wear a jumper, which all goes to why the suit is dead

I advise the Board and exec team of a $25bn company with major presence in 15 countries and operations in over 100 Bernstein.  And I'm typing this in my office wearing jeans and a polo shirt and they don't give a fuck.

I am put in mind of the may day riots years ago 2008 or 9 maybe?).  there were stinky protesters being kettled around the Bank junction. 

All city workers had been warned not to wear suits - they would draw attention to the fact you were a capitalist lapdog.

the beeb i think interviewed one old bufty (almost certainly on his way to bishopsgate to do whatever lloyd's names do) wearing pinstripes.  "why did you choose to ignore the warnings and wear a suit?" asked the youthful interrogator "well laddy, it is either this or my gardening clothes" came the reply.

This was the same day my then boss pussed out of driving his bentley in from west ken to the city and worked  from home

me and my m8 dave went down to watch at about 1 and were stood next to the tiny rbs branch that was destroyed later that afternoon.  it was quite boring tbh, no singing at all.

"None of you losers obviously has any serious international clients" 

Are you a travel agent? 

I had a business meeting with a lawyer at one of the Offshore MC firms on Tuesday. He was wearing jeans.  And a polo shirt.surprise 

I have taken my tie off, it is just too warm in the office and even with the blinds down  the room is heating up


Even  a suit isnt a suit nowadays. Just now, at Henley Royal Regatta, where formal wear is de rigeur, I have seen : close fitting suit trousers, short of the ankle and without socks, and loafers.

wearing a proper suit tie combo these days seems pointless whenyouhave this sort of thing going on.

I did a videoconference this morning in a shirt and undercrackers.

I am in the office today and have jeans and a boho top on.... I could not be arsed to dress up.  I have no meetings.