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  1. I feel the same way about professional dress, and was always happy to dress up when I wasn’t going to be on the floor with the youngsters. If you catch some of the TED Talks, the same lack of proper dress is happening there- go figure.

    You ought to see all the knitting that goes on in our “church” services- usually 3 at a time, front row, midsection on the aisle, south window seat etc., and a wide variety of male and females including one of our best musicians (just not on the days he’s performing) who all show great skill. Some don’t even look down. Oh, that musician is also a doctoral student in Physics from a University in Paris whose name fails me at present. He’s doing his research at one of the big labs in Newport News. I’m sure he’s not busy or anything….

  2. Now, knitting during religious services is a step beyond my comfort. Meetings, no sweat. But in competition with the service. No, not going to go there….

  3. Made me guffaw at that last line.

    And absolutely, a professional in a professional meeting should dress
    like a professional. (For me that would be long hair, Birkenstocks, and
    a handknit shawl, because, well, I’ll be at Stitches the coming weekend…)

  4. Yikes! I can’t believe this! No respect for themselves, their audience or the organisations they represent!

    But who am I to comment!!!!

    Hope you are learning lots of interesting things! Just close your eyes or don’t look up from your knitting!


  5. We’re even farther along the age linear but feel – and dress – as you do. I think there’s been a return to but reformation of the hippie movement to the hippo movement, but perhaps that’s only here in the southeast. As a volunteer three shifts a week at our local hospital it absolutely amazes me to see doctors, nurses and administrative professionals wallowing the halls, seeming unmindful of how their looks nullify the messages of healthy living they orate. But, that’s just my opinionated senior’s words.

  6. We went to an open house today to look for ideas. House 550K, 4000 sq ft, 1 year old.

    Real estate agent, mid 30’s was wearing faded blue jeans with holes in both knees.

    We were not impressed.

  7. Deb and I have a running joke that there is an Orthopedic Uniform:

    Formal version/dress Navy Blue Jacket, single breasted, pressed Khaki pants, loafers with highly polished dark brown or black uppers. Button down pressed shirt with tie optional. East coast tie with company or sports logos, West coast no ties, lapel pin with company logo. Oversized Sports Watch, Rolex or similar status brand. Both Genders wear the same thing. Most of the females look like males. Occasionally you will see a business suit with a skirt and modest pumps… few and far between.

    Informal Version Male: Same shoes, Same pants. Polo style shirt with only the top button undone and the stitched logo of the company they are currently being bribed by, or the sports team to which they owe their professional livelihood. Female informal is highly variable and largely dictated by their sexual orientation… either they look like the men, or they go over the top feminine to prove they are heterosexual.

    I went to a surgical and medical sarcoma meeting last year. The attire was all over the spectrum. It was an international meeting. You could tell the continent of origin by their clothes. I went casual and stood out like a sore thumb. I forgot the watch… otherwise I would have been styling like all the other casual Americans.

  8. What I’ve been hearing recently is that being a presenter and able to
    get away with casual attire is a sign of your power & prestige. The
    more desirable you are as a speaker, the less dressed up you are. This
    is particularly true for younger presenters. I will confess that I’ve
    been doing some of this myself. At meetings, especially when
    presenting, I dress nice. But for day to day work, I usually wear
    jeans. I am not in public view as much as I used to be, and I have no
    administrative duties anymore. I kind of feel like I’m not very
    important, I guess, while at the same time feeling important enough to
    not need to impress folk all the time. Or maybe I’ve just been sick
    too much for too long, and just don’t feel up to fighting that hard
    all the time, and being cold and shivery and uncomfortable. I dunno.
    Or, I’m just lazy. LOL!

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