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#22 Sep 25, 2009
Professional attire. I have known hospital physicians who wore slacks and dress shirts with ties under their lab coats, and others who wore Hawaiian shirts and jeans under their lab coats. I have know university and college professors who reflected this broad spectrum of professional dress option, only they didnt wear lab coats. Virtually all lawyers appear in court in a business suit. However, I have seen many combinations of facial hair (beards, mustaches, sideburns, etc.) and hair length (varying from shaved to butt length ponytails). All above references are to men. Techinally, all ARE professionals and thus they all dress like professionals.
However, the phrase Professional attire is not normally used in such a techinical way. Generally it means something more like: Dressing like someone who makes enough money at what they do to buy a special set of clothing in which to do what they do. This special set of clothing is intended to convay power, ability, and success. It is meant to create a feeling of authority to which others must defer. In effect, it is a money, power and prestiege thing and it has varied thoughtout time and locality . It is also a meaningless illusion which every mediocre salesperson and successful confidence man knows and adhers to and uses meticulously.
Granted, a physician in zip up coveralls is not impressive at first glance (suprisingly, a mechanic is). But should I discover that the coverall doc. is considered to the be the best at his/her speciality, I certainly would not hesitate to hire him/her. I have regretted the time squandered listening to some very expensively and properly dressed lecturers. Wisdom, knowledge, and grace make the man. Clothing (and hair style) only make the illusion the man wants to present. Is not a stupid pig in white-tie still a stupid pig?
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