According to Karen Pine, a fashion psychologist at Hertfordshire University in England, "In the past, women had to dress like men to reach senior positions in the workplace," she has said. "Now they can dress as they like and assert their individuality through their work attire, without fear of bumping up against the glass ceiling."
1. Ugly and uncomfortable ‘business clothing’ often worn by non-hackers. Invariably worn with a ‘tie’, a strangulation device that partially cuts off the blood supply to the brain. It is thought that this explains much about the behavior of suit-wearers. Compare droid.
2. A person who habitually wears suits, as distinct from a techie or hacker. See pointy-haired, burble, management, Stupids, SNAFU principle, PHB, and brain-damaged.
I like the balance historically struck by front-end web developers; fashionable enough to lean towards what the designers wear, practical enough to lean towards what the back-end engineers wear. In the last six years, however, that's changed as more back-end developers move into the front-end space. Still, looking at someone's clothes, I have a good track record for guessing whether their core competencies includes HTML/CSS or not.
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I don't trust anyone who wears one
you still have to take out a second mortgage to get a decently-fitted suit
I must disagree: I don't see any decline in men's suit wearing for managerial or administrative elites. It is still a status symbol and a defacto requirement for many professions from banking to the law.
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