Monday, February 21, 2011

Men just don't dress like the men of the past anymore.

In an article on WSJ.com the fact that men today dress more comfortable than ever before. We've traded in our suit and ties that were our trademark for jeans and a t-shirt. No more Cary Grant, we'd rather be rugged casual Brett Farve.

7 comments:

  1. Discuss how this fashion shift would affect businesses/industries specifically.

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  2. Today's dress has completely done a 180 for the worst. People don't even dress up to go to church anymore because they want that certain "image" to gain the approval of everyone else. The fashion designers of those clothes are probably making a pretty good profit in these times. As for businesses and industries looking to hire, you're probably going to think less of someone that thinks it is okay to wear a button down with a tie and jeans or a nice dress. Although it may look appealing, it doesn't look very professional.

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  3. Fashoin represents a mix of your own social class and your personality. People also change their outfits to impress someone like a potential boss or client. In my opinion, I don't think the fashion normality of what people wear from day to day will have a tremendous affect in the professional world. Since they do differ from the regular working class, their job requires more obligations so they dress better since their salary is higher also.

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  4. The shift of mens fashion to a more laid back look is actually very significant to the business industry. Say your company is looking to bring a fresh new image to it's front and wants to hire two new marketing advisors and two men apply for the job. They both have the same college grades, same background, same everything, except the first walks into an interview wearing average dockers, a white oxford button up and a solid black tie. Now vision the second walking in looking like Justin Timberlake (coincidentally a star in the movie about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, The Social Network) and he is wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a blazer, with a pair of tennis shoes. Ten years ago the second interviewer would have been sent out immediately, but now-a-days this sort of attitude and attire may be seen as exactly what that company needed, a fresh and adventurous change. So if I'm the one making the decision between the two I pick Timberlake look-a-like. And I pick him because there are tons of the docker's kind of people who want to do the same thing the guy did before them and I would want the guy who want s to do it the new way. In today's business world the main focus is to make money (it always has been) and to do that you have to attract people in new ways. So as the business world says out with the old and in with the new so does mens fashion.

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  5. In todays world, everybody wants to be comfortable. But most jobs do still require employees to dress up. Nobody actually wants to dress formally but in the professional world you must. I don't expect to see the formal wear industry declining in the years to come.

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  6. I think this article is really cool. I've never thought about the impact that new fashion could have on the business world, and how much of an effect it would have on tailors an the business's that make their living off of selling expensice clothing. I also agree with you that the image of th business world is changing. The new generation just isn't as formal as the older generations.

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  7. I think people will still dress up for work. When you are dressed up it usually gives you more confidence than if you look like a slouch. It would be easier to do a sales presentation if you felt confident about how you looked instead of embarrassed because you are dressed sloppy. I have always heard it said that you need to look like a winner to be a winner.

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