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#1 tailleuse

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 04:18 AM

This is a fascinating article.  Boiled down, the interviewee began to dress more formally to counteract the extreme informality of the current university environment and project more authority.  But there can be drawbacks: Some colleagues may view dressing well as a sign of frivolity.

 

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 07:00 AM

Sports coats and blazers are casual. Really, anything that is not a suit or higher IS Casual! (sigh) The world is changing.
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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:07 AM

Oh Greger - at least its a coat - and a step in the right direction.

I've been saying for years that women are doing themselves and their careers a massive disservice when they wear the polyester schlock from their local mall to work.

If a coworker has a problem with it - que sera sera.The problem is 100% theirs -and they need to own it.

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 11:44 AM

What is a "button down shirt" exactly?


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:25 PM

What is a "button down shirt" exactly?


I can't say with certainty because the term is used in different ways, but assume it's a shirt with a button down collar. 

 

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 01:43 PM

Actually, I have only ever heard the term applied to a shirt with button down collar points. I know of no other usage here in the states.

Henry- what is this called on your side of the pond? Or are they even used?

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 11:31 PM

I suppose just 'button-down collar' (because it is on the collar). They exist in England, Brooks Brothers took the idea from British polo player shirts. It's seen as a feature on a sports shirt rather than a more formal shirt.


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