Dress situationally. A guy that lived across the street when I was a kid used to mow his lawn in a suit (to be fair, he took off the jacket). In the summer. In Houston, Texas. He thought he looked sharp ... he actually looked like a dumbass.
Hey I do that too sometimes don't hate.
I guess you've gotten a glimpse of what some kid across the street is going to be posting about you 15-years from now.
Dress for the situation, hate cologne
The superintendent of the school district I worked in last year was this great old school West Texas teacher and he had an interesting theory on work appropriate clothing for teachers. "You should feel the need to change out of what you wear to work before you start cooking dinner."
That being said, I tend to dress slightly more formally than other male teachers I've encountered. I feel that dressing well is a sign of good self esteem and self respect, and when a person has that his employees (or in my case, students) are respectful as well.
I agree with that idea, in fact I believe they have done studies before on how a teacher dresses vs how their students behave or perform. It's is a rather interesting idea.
i try and dress my best everyday, even if i'm dressed down its still smart and clean. and old spice or Clubman afterhsave everyday
I work in the IT industry, so there is no dress code. However, I still like to look nice, so I'll wear a nice pair of dark jeans or nice pants and a nice button down shirt, cardigan, or a peacoat. I know that looks aren't everything but if my skills are equal with another co-worker who wears shorts and a ratty t-shirt, I'd like to think my dress would make a difference.
Where I work it's business casual: slacks, dress shirt, dress shoes for men, equivalents for women. No day-off casual allowed, polos on occasion. Once you hit a certain level in the organization, it's suit and tie, period.
I'm below the suit and tie level, but will wear a tie if we've a big deal meeting going on, or I feel like being a bit dressy.
I don't wear a tie unless I have to ... which pretty much boils down to court or funerals. And, I don't much like suits, either. They're uncomfortable -- though a lot better since I scrapped dress shoes for dress cowboy boots (God bless Texas) -- stuffy, a hassle, and you have to dry clean them. Bleh.
Fundamentally, I'm utilitarian. I'll wear the most comfortable, functional option within the dress code for the occasion.
A suit shouldn't be uncomfortable. If it is, odds are it either doesn't fit right or is the wrong material for the climate (i.e. wool in the heat of a Texas summer).
They're uncomfortable, even with the right fit. If they were comfortable, men would wear suits lounging around the house, or to the ballgame, or on business casual days. They don't because they're not. I don't know a single guy that wears suits because they're comfortable ... they typically change out of suits to get comfortable.