I’m often amazed how values that were enforced back in the day seem to be a thing of the past. Manners such as how you treat people, keeping your word, the meaning of a handshake, how you dress, how you groom, opening doors for others or even something as simple as letting people off of an elevator before you walk on seem to be as current as an extinct exotic animal. As Joe Walsh of the Eagles once said in an interview before the Hell Freezes Over Tour, ”I don’t get it!” Maybe its just a few of us but these pleasantries seem to be more the exception than the rule. Those days when a smoke was a smoke and a dance was nothing more than a dance have morphed into meanings that are much different than they were originally intended. It goes along the same lines as doing something as innocent as asking someone over to watch a movie on Netflix. Somewhere along the way, a code has been developed that the words Netflix, Movie, House translates into an implied hook-up! My question is…why? This is a great example of how intended meanings and intentions become misconstrued. So the code gets changed from its original meaning as its now implied that the movie is secondary. How does that translate into clarity? It doesn’t, it adds to more confusion! Now that we’re all confused, listen up and pay attention.
I recently read an article that suggested that dress codes in the work environment tend to become more relaxed during times of prosperity and more formal when the economy is lagging. Given the fact that interest rates haven’t risen in years due to a struggling economy, its difficult to pin-point what is driving America’s dress code. I mean, there has been a lot of money made by lots of people over this period. I’ve been in both swings of an economy where suits & ties were the standard and khakis were the exception. Suit and ties were referred to as business attire whereas khakis and a polo knit (with a collar) where regarded as snappy casual. Lets fast forward – especially in Portland, Oregon where everything is coded and the millennials are convinced that they are leading the way of a progressive future.
I look around and am blown away by the lack of grooming and choice of clothing that these self proclaimed future leaders are sporting. I kid you not, seeing a millennial or self proclaimed professional / business owner in a suit in Portland is about as rare as seeing a unicorn standing by a pot of gold, next to a double rainbow! Now to be fair, the dress code typically follows post high school education. In the professional schools (Lawyers, Accountants and the Financial sector), even millennials will reluctantly wear business attire. As far as I can tell, the code hasn’t been broken due to the majority of these professionals in those sectors have a successful formula and they have the money and power to dictate the rules of engagement! On the other hand, entrepreneurs by large are the ones leading this un-snappy, shabby movement – young and old. None the less, we still see an over abundance of men & woman dress in attire that is about as fitting as what someone might wear if they were raking their leaves on a Saturday morning! That’s if they have made enough money to afford their own house. For those of you who have pulled this off, thank the Feds and be thankful that you’re not in an economy where interest rates and COD’s were at 15-20% some 30+ years ago.
Look, times have changed and in my humble opinion…not for the best! If you question that, just look at who’s running for the next president of the United States. Really?? If my father were alive today, I can just see him shaking his head and saying, “The United States has gone to hell in a hand basket! It’s a crying shame”
Generations change as this will forever be the code. Change can be good and in many ways, it can potentially lead to good things. To that end, one thing that never changes is my impression of a person who I’ve meet for the first time wearing a suit & tie or a skirt and business suit vs. someone who just put the rake in the garage.
If you haven’t read the book, “Dress for Success” by John T Molloy, READ IT! He has an updated edition entitled, “New dress for Success”
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