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Deb Van Engelenhoven

I don’t know if you will agree with me or not but I think that people behave differently when they wear different clothes. Like dress clothes versus casual clothes.

Recently I have noticed the casual appearance of staff at different businesses that I frequent. The more casual the appearance, the less confidence I have in the service. Don’t ask me why, I just do.

I know that when someone comes for an interview for a position I am always aware of how they present themselves and that includes what they chose to wear.

It comes from the upbringing I had and the education I received. When I was in business classes the teachers would remind us that we are who we dress to be. So, I have worn business clothes to work most of my adult life because of those teachings.

When I was young the bankers and businessmen all wore suits. The ladies wore dresses and high heel shoes. I thought they were so professional and I wanted to be just like them.

But recently I have become a “sweater” person rather than a “suit jacket” person. I find myself reaching into the closet more and more to find comfortable clothes rather than business clothes. I know it is more the comfort part than it is the style part driving my decision each morning.

Sort of like the elastic waists that I search for now. They are much more comfortable than the dress slacks I used to wear.

Yes, I feel guilty. Why, you ask? Because it is like anything else you are taught not to do. The day you do it you feel guilty about it.

I still have the same drive to serve my customers. I am still happy, energetic and eager to please the world. But I don’t feel as professional wearing the sweaters.

As I indicated, I judge people that serve my customer needs by what they wear so I assume that others judge my level of service by what I am wearing. Maybe in this day and age, a business person is truly not judged as much by what they wear.

I can tell you one thing. I have always known that I am the same person no matter how I am dressed. I just need to remind myself that clothes do not make the person.