“Bert, I have a question for you. Why do you wear a tie every day?”
A co-worker asked me this question the other day. It’s a question I am frequently asked. Instead of asking why I wear a tie, people are actually asking why I wear a suit and tie every day.
People at work ask why I wear a suit and tie because we have a business casual dress policy in the office. The men in the office are allowed to wear dress slacks and a long sleeve dress shirt. I’m not even going to go into the women’s dress code because I don’t know enough about it.
Fellow church members ask why I wear a suit and tie at every service. Fewer than half of the men at church wear a suit and tie on Sunday morning and I almost always do. Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services are even more casual.
It’s not casual for me. I’m almost always in a suit and tie.
Reasons to Wear a Suit and Tie Every Day
So why do I wear a suit and tie every day? There are several reasons why I wear the suit and tie every day and you might want to consider doing it as well.
1. My boss does – It is rare that I ever see my boss without a suit and tie. In fact, the first time I saw him in the office on a Saturday, I expected him to have the crisp white shirt and tie. Instead, he was wearing flip flops and khaki shorts. It confused me. I almost didn’t know what to think.
My boss has been very successful in his career. Even though I’m sure there have been instances of failure too, it appears as if everything he does is successful. I’m confident wearing a suit and tie helps with that.
2. Impromptu meetings – My boss wears a suit and tie every day because he either has client/prospect meetings scheduled or he anticipates one may get scheduled. Again, if it works for him, it’s good enough for me.
Just in case I have client meetings pop up during the day, I wear the suit and tie. I’d rather be prepared than unprepared. Yes, I was a Boy Scout when I was young.
3. Personal branding – I’ve taken my personal branding seriously the last couple of years. Wearing the suit and tie fits within that brand.
I want to be seen as professional at all times. Even though my personal brand is focused on motivating professionals to succeed in their jobs by helping them with their personal brands, the professional look of a suit and tie is a part of that brand.
4. Reduced clothing need – Since I wear a suit and tie every day, I do not spend money on dress slacks and other shirts.
Some may say I need to be more adventurous and wear more than white or blue shirts. That’s okay. My dark suits and white or blue shirts work just fine. Wearing a suit and tie every day decreases the time I need to decide what to wear. The biggest question is usually, “What color tie will I wear today?”
5. Professional feel – Have you ever noticed you feel better when you’re freshly shaved, showered and dressed up? That’s how I am. I feel better in a suit, especially a tailored suit. It’s easier for me to get into the professional mindset.
Don’t get me wrong, I can enjoy working at home on a snowy day in just lounge clothes but it’s harder for me to focus for long periods of time wearing that. I need to feel professional and wearing a suit and tie gives me that feeling.
6. No questions – Early in my career, our dress code was very lax. Before I started my career, the firm had a suit and tie policy every day. Then it went business casual. And casual was taken to the extreme.
I fell into the trap of being too casual a couple of times. When I realized how casual I was, I felt bad. Now, I can never be questioned as to the way I dress. It’s just not worth it.
7. Interviews – If you’re ever going on interviews during the work day, you want to have the habit of wearing a suit and tie.
I remember several instances of someone wearing a tie in the office without any client interaction scheduled. The joke was always that, “He must have an interview today.” In many cases, we’ve been right.
Be the Good Example
During an office meeting one year, we had a style consultant speak to the group. She asked for a volunteer who was wearing a suit and tie. Before everyone even looked around to see who was wearing a tie, almost everyone called out my name.
My boss and I are well-known for wearing a suit and tie every day. He wasn’t at that meeting so people called me out.
If I’m going to be known for something, I want it to be good.
How is your daily dress? Do you dress too casual or do you dress as professional as you can? If you need help, check out this resource by Antonio Centeno or watch the video below:
Sure, it depends on your company’s culture and your clients. It can also depend on the region of the world and the current weather conditions.
The point of this is to not wear a suit and tie every day. The lesson to learn is to dress to the highest of expectations. Since first impressions are made so quickly, don’t let your professionalism be questioned.
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