Clothes maketh the man
August 23, 2012
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In the last twelve months my life has changed a few times in a few ways.
As a public servant in the state public service I wore “neat business” attire. I then moved onto back office IT support in a sales organisation where the dress standard was even more casual, before starting my current role.
I quickly came to realise that my wardrobe was a little below the expectation of the new job, and bought some clothes that felt more appropriate.
So I bought a couple of suits. They met that definition, “just”. They have been about acceptable, but not the most comfortable clothes I’ve ever worn.
Recently I have finally gathered some confidence that my life has in fact successfully moved onto a new chapter, and that my wardrobe should actually change to meet my new work. So earlier this week I actually put my hand in my pocket and bought a more reasonable suit.
So today, I wore the new suit, and it is totally fantastic compared to the ones I bought earlier in the year. Wearing it to work, feels surprisingly great to somebody who in the past has paid very little regard to the clothes on my back.
What is the difference? I find it hard to explain. It’s not just “if fits” or “the weight”, there is something I don’t really know how to put into words. But I know that it has changed my opinion regarding what is sensible to spend on clothes.
I’m glad I learned this lesson before I turned 40! Chances are I will be shopping again a little closer to my birthday.