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Old 09-14-2006, 07:22 AM   #1
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This one is a little strange so feel free to recommend anti-psychotics... but I have been wondering what clothes ERs tend to wear. The question was prompted by a visit to the hardware store on Saturday. A woman walked in wearing an expensive looking pair of pants, a comparable blouse, and a mini-leather jacket thing. Then a guy came in wearing a nice pair of dockers, leather loafers, and a pretty nice polo shirt.

I have a fair amount of nice leasure clothes - I wear them when I teach (volunteer gig), go out to a nice restaurant, or other "civilized" activities. The other 90% of the time I wear shorts or jeans depending on the weather with T shirts, sweatshirts and the like. For some strange reason I feel uncomfortable "dressing up" to the dockers level unless I am doing something that "calls" for better dress.

Other people appear to feel more comfortable if they are better dressed regardless what they are doing. I sometimes think I "should" like to routinely dress better but it just doesn't feel right when I am sitting around doing nothing in particular.

What about you folks?
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This one is a little strange so feel free to recommend anti-psychotics... but I have been wondering what clothes ERs tend to wear.
Pants? I don't need no stinkin' pants!!

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The other 90% of the time I wear shorts or jeans depending on the weather with T shirts, sweatshirts and the like.* For some strange reason I feel uncomfortable "dressing up" to the dockers level unless I am doing something that "calls" for better dress.

What about you folks?
I resemble your remark.
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When I retire in a few months, it will be shorts and a golf or t-shirt. During our short winter it will be blue jeans. The dry cleaning bill will go away.*
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Hmmm

Sometimes I'll dress up for yard work, errands, etc - cause that's what's clean and I'm too lazy to wash my 'good' shorts, cutoffs, T shirts until I'm in the mood.

Dress for weddings, funerals, and women - otherwise pretty casual and eclectic - what's in da closet. I do try to match socks.

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Old 09-14-2006, 08:15 AM   #6
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I absolutely love women, so I tend to not necessarily dress "nice" like one would for the office, but i dress for the manly/sexy look.* *For instance, if i'm going around town, i might throw on a white tee with kackie (sp?) shorts, a nice leather belt, nice shoes, nice watch, and make sure i'm well groomed (recent haircut, hair long on top, messy but not messy if that makes sense).* My beard 1-3 days old also looks cool. I'm getting a gold rope chain soon too just for a little bit of jewelry for my neck.

I've noticed when i get lazy and just have on, say, bluejean shorts and some boring shirt and running shoes, i just dont get noticed by the women.

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Only been RE for about ten weeks, so no RE wardrobe built up yet......* Closet is full of "business casual" stuff left over from working.* ** *At 50+ yo, well worn slacks feel/fit better than new bluejeans so I imagine it'll be a while before I buy a bunch of that kind of stuff.* I set aside a few better pants/shirts combos for "dressing up."* Everything else is religated to getting trashed working in the yard, etc.* This, of course, pending DW's success at her wish of emptying my closet to Good Will and replacing everything with the latest casual look from Bean's, Cabella's, Land End's, etc.!* *



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This one is a little strange so feel free to recommend anti-psychotics... but I have been wondering what clothes ERs tend to wear.* The question was prompted by a visit to the hardware store on Saturday.* A woman walked in wearing an expensive looking pair of pants, a comparable blouse, and a mini-leather jacket thing.* Then a guy came in wearing a nice pair of dockers, leather loafers, and a pretty nice polo shirt.
That's the European look. *They all dress up all the time.

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I have a fair amount of nice leasure clothes - I wear them when I teach (volunteer gig), go out to a nice restaurant, or other "civilized" activities.* The other 90% of the time I wear shorts or jeans depending on the weather with T shirts, sweatshirts and the like.* For some strange reason I feel uncomfortable "dressing up" to the dockers level unless I am doing something that "calls" for better dress.
That's the American look. *More casual.

As long as you and your clothes are clean and untattered, it doesn't matter how you dress in the US.

When I go to Europe, I tend to dress more formal. *In the US, I tend to dress more casual.

It's interesting to see how people used to dress in the US a few decades ago. *If you look at some of the films of classic boxing matches from the 50s and 60s, you can see almost everyone dressed in shirts and ties. *People in Canada used to dress in shirts and ties to go to the hockey games as well.

In a way, I can see how dressing up can at least give the image of more self-respect. *Sometimes people treat you better when you are dressed better. *
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T The other 90% of the time I wear shorts or jeans depending on the weather with T shirts, sweatshirts and the like.

What about you folks?
You mean shorts, jeans ect are not dressing up?

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In the WSj today - What designers are planning for 2007 - will it work in your neighborhood....



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Pants? I don't need no stinkin' pants!!
I didn't know you lived in Austin.

My uniform of the day is T-shirt, shorts, sandals/running shoes and a pair of shades. I wish I could find some shorts that were equally suitable to the golf course and to the gym or running in the park - that way I could cut down on the variety in my closet.

When I was working I wore whatever the assignment called for. When I was the big boss I wore suits, when I worked investigating stolen cars I dressed in the cheapest stuff I could find so I wouldn't ruin good clothes when I had to crawl underneath a car, and when I worked drug deals I dressed according to how the bad guys dressed (varied between business casual and what I wear now) or whatever was needed that day (shorts and t-shirt for surveillance and BDU's for raids). Like many of the other posters I found that how you dress often dictates how people see you and respond to you. But, most days I don't care and wear what works for me.
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When I want to dress up I wear an ascot with my polo shirt and shorts.

That way, people know that I am sophisticated
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For me it's gonna be what I wear now on the typical weekend - basic hobo, sometimes with a personal flourish like an unzipped fly. DW's eyes have rolled skyward so often I'm surprised they're not stuck there.
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I've noticed when i get lazy and just have on, say, bluejean shorts and some boring shirt and running shoes, i just dont get noticed by the women.
I think I am destined to be a perputual traveling bachelor.
Shorts, a tshirt and flipflops and I still feel overdressed.
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I think I am destined to be a perputual traveling bachelor.
Shorts, a tshirt and flipflops and I still feel overdressed.
Man it makes a difference.* I'm an attractive guy, but I've noticed that despite that, if i dress boring and blend in with, say, your typical walmart shopper, I get ignored anyway.

If you like being a bachelor, dont worry about it.* But if you want that woman (or, preferably, women plural), ya gotta accentuate!!* (heh, got that from the movie 40-year old virgin; great movie btw).
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Saw a tee shirt on an old hiker I passed a few years back.

"Retired. *This tee shirt is as dressed up as I get."

The friend I was with asked him where he got it (Florida). *The retiree replied that people loved the shirt and everyone wanted one. *So much so, in fact, that he had thought about making and selling them himself. *

But then he thought, "Nahhhhhh. *That would mean I was WORKING again!"
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