Firstly, let me state the obvious. Suits are stupid. literally they are a relic of a by-gone era, when stitching and tailoring and fabric/ material technology hadn’t evolved sufficiently to allow for more functional clothing.
Consider the quote ‘never judge a book by its cover’, yet ironically thats what we do with men in suits, ALL THE TIME. I Think you’ll get that i’m generally against suits.
On a practical level suits are restrictive, so if you’re spending 16 hours at a desk coding and trying to ‘make the world a better place’, doing it whilst restricted like an S&M victim doesn’t make much sense.
now, to the important part of this article, if you’re the kind of person who feel that its justified to spend 15minutes or more putting on clothes each DAY, and then having to walk around stiff and uncomfortable whilst trying not crease your three piece jail, maybe thats not the most efficient use of your time.
What this all really comes down to is, that i try to be the most casual person in the room, firstly, its sets me apart from the suits, secondly it saves me time and i feel more comfortable so i’m in a better state of mind to work and explain things. thirdly, i don’t waste 3.8 days a year on trying to look capable instead of actually BEING capable.
I’ll concede there are times when a suit is required, but in all honesty, i personally avoid any situation where what i wear has any bearing on the outcome of a meeting.