Re: Work Attire

Subject: Re: Work Attire
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 10:23:31 -0400

Michael West <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- net -dot- au> wrote:

>Whoa, whoa, WHOA there, doggonit.
>Look again:
>" ... rich, not gaudy;
>For the apparel oft proclaims the man."
>[Hamlet act 1, sc. 3, l. 70]

Apologies for the paraphrase. I shoulda looked it up.

>As a bit of advice to a young prince travelling
>abroad, I can't find anything bombastic in that. Oft
>it doth, oft it dothn't -- I mean, doesn't. All
>of us make inward judgements of others based
>on how they look. Polonius was right.

Polonius's advice to young Laertes (am I at least remembering that part right), was a string of platitudes that were platitudes when Shakespeare wrote the speech. That is, they did not become platitudes as a result of generations of folks reciting them after the debut of the play (even if the words used to express them became cliché that way).

I stand by my assertion about Polonius.

As to the practical matter of whether one decides to dress for success, that's a matter for the individual to decide. I'm not disputing the point that people do form judgments about us based on how we are attired; I was just raising the question of whether the original poster should be so concerned with what other people think of her. I'm an advocate of developing a strong ego and a sense of self-assuredness and letting the chips fall where they may. Of course, I'm not in sales ;-)



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