Business casual is an evil thing. It removes the sartorial elegance of the suit and tie, replacing it with the blandness of pleated trousers, striped shirts and penny loafers. It creates an illusion of freedom, but it imposes far more than it frees up.
Either let people wear what ever they like, or impose a set of standards that allow people to differentiate between work and home gear. Business casual gradually turns everyone’s wardrobe into a conservative middle-aged country clubness. I enjoy a round of golf, but I have no desire to inflict golf attire on anyone other than fellow golfers. When I own a string of polo ponies, I’ll start wearing button down collars. I believe that yachting shoes should remain on yachts.
dockers and company logo’ed golf shirts. The uniform of choice at big company tech conferences
This is rather sad.
Recently the some of my fellow EI’s met with Peter Zencke at Teched in Vegas. I can vouch for the mental sharpness of these gentlemen. They have a deep grasp of the software industry, and often a fine turn of phrase. Their attire in this photo, though, does leave room for improvement. It does remind one of a Jeremy Clarkson fan club convention.
Dan Farber being the exception to the rule. He is, as always, immaculately turned out. Even Peter Zencke blotted his normally elegant copy book, his shirt missing out on an ironing.
Dfof is fond of the white shirt. It definitely creates impact on the stage, without detracting from the speaker. It doesn’t travel well though – patterned shirts show creases far less.
The rolled up selves and t-shirt underneath create a more relaxed look. Picture thanks to flickr MartinStein
DFOF and a small army of spies are at at Munich teched, camera at the ready.