I knew a guy who was in IT in Dallas. I interviewed him for background information about a website that featured high-end designer menswear and shoes.
The thing is, I interviewed him about his buying habits, not about the website architecture.
Why do that? You’re wondering. An IT guy doesn’t have to dress in suits and ties.
Well, you’re right. He didn’t dress in suits and ties. Like the rest of the guys in the office, he wore trousers, khakis mostly, and shirts — some golf shirts, sometimes a button-down — but, unlike the other guys in the office, he had a thing about looking good. And for John, looking good started with his shoes.
John, like all of us, also liked to be comfortable. He leaned toward pleated trousers since he sat at his computer most of the day. His khakis were ready-t0-wear, but his flannels and worsteds were all custom made. So were his nicer shirts. Because, as he told me, a casual dress code didn’t mean that he had to look like a “techie”. When he dressed for work, he dressed the way he had begun his career, he started at the bottom and worked his way up. He was head of the department when I interviewed him.
(P.S. Have you looked at the state of your shoes lately? We sell both casual and dress shoes by Allen Edmonds)