No Suits

The quintessential maverick, Mark Cuban, spoke out a few years ago regarding why he doesn’t wear suits. SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill concurs.

Frankly, I’m really quite comfortable wearing shorts and a t-shirt. That’s what I wore all throughout the years of my education. I was never really preppy enough to wear a polo shirt with shorts until I started dating Charlene.

But there are occasions when I do like wearing my suit. On those special occasions, it feels good to just slip into a suit and tie. Whether it’s a wedding or a funeral, I feel quite comfortable in my suit. But I must say that those times are usually limited to wintry weather. I can’t  stand wearing a suit when it’s 100 degrees outside–heck, even when it’s in the 80s it’s often too hot. It’s miserable. All that sweat, the dark fabric, the claustrophobia. Miserable I tell you!

I’m quite glad that I don’t have to wear a suit and tie every day. My dress code for work is usually jeans and a polo shirt. I might put on the occasional long sleeve, button down shirt, but again, that’s usually in the winter. I don’t believe I’ve ever worn a tie to my current job. And to be frank, sometimes I’m more “dressed up” than the other people around me. I’ve seen people in t-shirts, jean shorts, and flip-flops around the office. So I’m rather conservative in my pants.

If I had my druthers, I would likely wear shorts and a t-shirt to work every day. They’re just so much more comfortable. And during those times that call for me to get on my hands and knees under my desk to plug in a power strip? Who wants to wear a suit to do that? Not me. I’d really prefer to be wearing jeans. It’s not even fun to do that in khakis.

Boy, I’m glad I don’t work in the finance sector!

I wonder if there will ever come a day when a suit and tie are out (of all industries) and we can all be free to wear whatever we want (provided we wear something!). A time when the man is no longer made by the suit. Unfortunately, it seems likely that as long as there are people who need to feel more powerful than others based on their wardrobe, this will never happen.


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