Friday, October 7, 2022

I Just Got a Big Promotion. Do I Need a Fancier Wardrobe Too?

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A reader wonders if he should buy new clothes now that he has a senior position.

First of all, congratulations on the new job. The question of how you dress for it, however, is a lot more complicated than just “to suit or not to suit?” It’s really about communication and what values you are trying to model.

Fashion, after all, has long functioned as a sign of both aspiration and achievement; a covert signal of wealth, access, taste, smarts and membership in a club. So as people climbed the corporate ladder, they used their clothes to reflect each rung.

Between the casualization of the workplace, however, and changing attitudes toward the balance of power between the individual and the employer, such dress codes are increasingly downplayed. Not gone entirely, but more … well, coded.

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