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Over-dressed or Under-dressed?
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justanotherguy_2005 wrote:


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I would rather be over-dressed. If people wanted to poke fun at me at least I would know I looked a hell of a lot better than they did. There is no real downside to being over-dressed for an event. You look good and can just say that it sucks for them that their event wasn't at a suitable quality for you.


I still maintain it depends upon the event (I'm speaking of my field in particular, as the majority of our events are large gaming conventions, and formal attire is not as likely to impress the prospective audience...but it's not going to necessarily hurt, either.) If you're bringing your board or card games to sell directly to the public, a suit isn't really necessary, and you may look less comfortable while doing so. If it's an industry-only event, and you're dealing with vendors, a suit's more of a logical choice in that case.


In the cases where it is for business and your job might get a little shaky if you dress inappropriately then I would say there could be an issue. Typically though, those types of events are either obvious as to how to dress or actually say how you should dress when being told/asked to come or invited.


I see what you're saying, and to an extent, that's what I was suggesting. If you're attending a 4 day long gaming convention, with multiple events concurrently running on several floors of a hotel, and at all hours, a suit isn't to your benefit. The best attire indicates that you're passionate about your game(s), and if you're the developer, that you want to share that passion with others. A branded T-shirt goes much further than a suit will, for that purpose. (The fact that you're a walking billboard advertisement aside.)

I fully expect to be in a branded shirt when I bring the board game I'm developing to a gaming convention.
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Over dressed is always preferable to under dressed. You can always say you have a date immediately afterwards or something.
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I miss the days when everyone dressed up to go to work, people went to great lengths to present themselves professionally, I remember as a kid women going to salons weekly/bi-weekly to get their hair set and men wearing ties (which made gift giving a lot simpler :)). But I love comfort as well pj's or sweats during the cold months or camisole and pareo when it's warm. I work from home base most days and travel a couple of times a month to an office. Which really is perfect, comfort 70% of the time, a professional look 30% of the time and saving a heck of a lot fuel.

I keep wondering if in a decade or two if young men will even know how to tie a tie. Went to a few concerts @ Kennedy Center over the last couple of months and was shocked by the dress code or lack there of and at a ballet at Christmas was dumbfounded by the majority of patrons wearing jeans and carrying in candy, popcorn, and fast food trays. There used to be a time when such venues were viewed as special occasions, you put on a suit or dress and no one would ever think to bring food let alone a drink into such a venue. It's just slovenly and slothful.
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A couple days ago I went to an orientation type event and I assumed, since it was a formal occassion, I should try to look my best. Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't show up in a prom dress or anything but I did wear something akin to a pantsuit [without the jacket.] Unfortunately, when I showed up, everyone was wearing jeans and t-shirts I tried not to think about it too much, but I couldn't help but think people were looking at me like "what a try-hard/ brown-noser." But then I thought, what if it were the opposite situation; what if I had dressed dowen, and it was a formal event? Which situation do you guys think is worse?


Over dressed is better, IMO. If you like to look your best, kudos to you!
Posted 2/2/13

rcujay wrote:

A couple days ago I went to an orientation type event and I assumed, since it was a formal occassion, I should try to look my best. Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't show up in a prom dress or anything but I did wear something akin to a pantsuit [without the jacket.] Unfortunately, when I showed up, everyone was wearing jeans and t-shirts I tried not to think about it too much, but I couldn't help but think people were looking at me like "what a try-hard/ brown-noser." But then I thought, what if it were the opposite situation; what if I had dressed dowen, and it was a formal event? Which situation do you guys think is worse?


Haha not trying to totally call you out on the situation but I think under dressing puts off a more awesome vibe than over dressing. Because if you show up with everyone over dressed and you're in jeans and a t shirt, you look like the bad ass who didn't give a crap. But if you show up over dressed like you said then people might get the impression "So where'd he put the teacher's apple in that suit?" or something like that. Honestly though neither of them matter anyways. Either way you still gotta strut around with your SWAG.

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Well I tend to err on the side of caution and wear a shirt and trousters with my tie. Smart enough that I make a good impression but not so far that it looks like I'm sucking up or looking like I think I'm above everyone elce, as that can also look negative.

If and event is casual I can always remove the tie and still look smart.
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You made the right call.
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rcujay wrote:

A couple days ago I went to an orientation type event and I assumed, since it was a formal occassion, I should try to look my best. Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't show up in a prom dress or anything but I did wear something akin to a pantsuit [without the jacket.] Unfortunately, when I showed up, everyone was wearing jeans and t-shirts I tried not to think about it too much, but I couldn't help but think people were looking at me like "what a try-hard/ brown-noser." But then I thought, what if it were the opposite situation; what if I had dressed dowen, and it was a formal event? Which situation do you guys think is worse?


Because if you show up with everyone over dressed and you're in jeans and a t shirt, you look like the bad ass who didn't give a crap. But if you show up over dressed like you said then people might get the impression "So where'd he put the teacher's apple in that suit?" or something like that.



lol yeah, that's why I was stressing a bit

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A lot of people are suggesting ways that guys can change something formal into something casual, but can anyone think of a way a female could do the same [for future engagement's sake]
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rcujay wrote:

A lot of people are suggesting ways that guys can change something formal into something casual, but can anyone think of a way a female could do the same [for future engagement's sake]


Girls can roll up their sleeves if you're wearing a long-sleeve shirt ^__^

For girls that want to go from formal to casual easily (without packing pack-up clothing), I would suggest always wearing pants if you're not sure whether the gathering is formal or not. Don't go crazy with dress slacks, but black pants or maybe even khakis are ok. Then just wear a stylish blouse to "counter-act" the pants if you're afraid of being accused of dressing as a dude >__< add in some pretty flats and possibly boots. Heels aren't the only dressy type of footwear for women.

Also, you can always wear jewelry to make your outfit look a little more dressy and remove it if necessary. ^__^ so basically I would say go in between dressy and casual for things you can't change on the fly. That way you're safe either way.

In the end at events like this people who are judging you for over-dressing are wrong, because like others have said, who's to say you don't always dress up, that you don't have a date or something after, or anything like that? I don't know of any potential business man or women who would think less of someone if they're dressed up. Unless you're like, ultra-decked out when just going to an interview (as in you're dressed for a ball, not a meeting).
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At least you're dressed...
Posted 2/2/13
My Marketing prof always said to overdress because you can always take off a jacket, or loosen your tie, but you can't put on something that you didn't bring with you. but thats for buisness meeting or Interviews.

if i'm doing anything for fun or just casual i'll show up in whatever the fuck I want.
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I prefer to be under dressed. I go to events over dressed, I end up with women hitting on me left and right and even guys going out of their way to compliment me. That's just when I wear a tie. I try to rock a suit, or god forbid, a tux and I have to run around being chased by a crowd of love-struck women and men. I like to keep a low profile. Going over dressed just doesn't work for that.
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I'd say being over-dressed is safer. If you're super concerned, you could always bring a change of clothes with you though...
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I just dress nice for any occasion and that does not necessarily mean I will overdress, underdress, or dress in any certain way.
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