Working Clothes...

... where I work, everyone dresses casually... from the Owner... to the General Manager.... to the Accountant... to the General Manager's Assistant... all of us dress down... it's just the laidback culture and management style of the place... I like it... I get to wear jeans, boots, and tee-shirts every day... but, even though it is comfortable, sometimes it gets boring....

..in my last job, suits were worn.... hell, when I moved back over here, I had four pair of "casual" pants... a pair of OD BDU pants for hiking... a pair of Woodland BDU pants for hiking... a pair of "khaki" denim trousers... and a wore out pair of jeans... that was it... why?... well, I wore a damn suit EVERYWHERE... going out to dinner.. going to work.... going to visit friends... suits, suits, suits...

.. today, I wore a suit to work.. a nice hand-tailored job that I had made while I was in Bangladesh a few years ago... every time I wear it, I remember standing there in the steaming heat.. being measured by Rashid... with the strains of the evening prayer being blasted from the Mosque 100yds away.... and, he never stopped measuring... I guess he was more of a capitalist than a Muslim.... anyway, I picked out the cloth... the buttons... told him exactly how I wanted it... and, 12 hours later, a courier delivered it to me at my Dhaka Club suite... now, that is service.... but, to make a long story short, I wore that suit today... to work...

...Tan suit.. baby blue, tab collar shirt... black crepe silk tie with gold crescent moons on it...black belt... black wingtip shoes... gold tie clasp with the EGA on it.... and gold cufflinks... I spent ages last night... polishing and buffing my shoes.... scrubbing my tie clasp and cufflinks... ironing my baby blue shirt.... unwrapping my tan suit from the dry cleaner's plastic... it brought back memories of the military... carefully preparing your uniform for Dress Blues Alpha inspection... not a thread out of line.... everything to regs... attention to detail....

...I don't know why I wore that suit... maybe I just wanted to see if the suit still fit... heh, maybe... maybe I wanted to make myself feel better in some way.... maybe I did it to see if I could get a rise out of the "management"... maybe I did it to show myself off.... maybe I did it out of boredom.... maybe I did it as a treat... maybe..

...all I do know is this... it felt good to wear that suit today... I'm glad I did... but, tomorrow... I'll be wearing my boots, jeans, and tee-shirt again, and loving every minute of it... but, I will wear that suit again... yes, to work... I think I need to wear it sometimes.... it takes discipline to wear a suit well... and, I need to remind myself of that... from time to time...

by Eric on March 15, 2004 | Comments(4) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

You are entirely correct. It takes discipline to wear a suit.

Great story.

posted by: Jack on March 15, 2004 09:57 PM

..thanks, Jack.. that's a great compliment coming from you...

posted by: Eric on March 15, 2004 10:09 PM

How many times did you get asked if you had a job interview?

posted by: drc on March 21, 2004 04:49 PM

heh... Diva, I was asked twice... thanks for asking...

posted by: Eric on March 21, 2004 05:04 PM