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Jose

Great post.

Even when you do not have a formal uniform, you should apply this concept.

If you are meeting clients, dress nicely: dress like you mean doing business with them and it may help them believe that you are the kind of guy they should do business.

At work, dress seriously, and people may believe you are serious about doing business.

Suits not necessary in most professions. But ironed shirts, clean polished shoes, and wool pants may help in most office work.

It applies to other professions as well. The other day I had an AC contractor show up in an A-Undershirt, and ragged jeans. All fairly dirty, BTW.

The impression I got was that he was always in warm weather: And I needed an ice cold Air Conditioner. Not a good impression. He was good, but caused distrust in me.

Had he appeared in a polo shirt, and non-ragged jeans, I would have felt more trust initially. (they didn't had to be squeaky clean, just not torn).

School Uniform

Its great to hear people's perspectives from other industries. I work in the school uniform industry, and there are a lot of people opposed to it. Not all of their reasons are bad, but there are some very goods reasons that have to do with the discussion above. Here are some of the main things we run into:

Professional:

Some say that a child in a uniform is more likely to take school seriously. Putting on the uniform signals he or she is going to school just like dad dresses up to go to work. Schools report that when students dress in "work clothes" rather than "play clothes" they take a more serious approach to their studies.

Promotes Good Discipline:

Many think that a school uniform helps maintain school discipline, decreasing the amount of discipline problems. The argument is that children today are lacking in self-discipline because parents refuse to discipline them. This makes it more difficult on the teacher who has to deal with classes of 25-30 students at a time.

Reduces Fighting and Violence:

Schools report that uniforms decrease fighting and violence that arrise out of arguments over fashionable clothes. Children invariably tease those who do not have trendy clothes. Those who can't afford name brand clothes are often sensitive about their clothing. Schools struggling with gang problems report that school uniforms help ease tensions.

Distractions:

Many parents believe that students wearing school uniforms look nicer and that a school uniform policy ensures that children will come to school in appropriate clothing, avoiding distractions such as fads considered to be outlandish or overly revealing. Some students have turned school into an unending fashion show. This disctracts from learning, as some kids spend more time focused on their clothes than on homework.

Uniform Chef

It has been said that people judge you by your vocabulary, but before you open your mouth you are being judged by what you wear.

Uniforms are one of the most tangible and immediately communicated “proof” of the brand, especially in the service industry.

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