Software Development Wardrobe Starter Kit

By | Development, Enterprise Mobility
Let’s face it. As a moderately functioning member of society, you need to put on clothes from time to time to be taken seriously. A large portion of software developers trivialize their wardrobe, and I don’t blame them. Why should the way we dress impact the work we do or affect the way we’re treated in the workplace, or any other place for that matter?

It’s an unfortunate truth, but any cognitive psychologist will tell you that we’re immediately judged and compartmentalized subconsciously when we’re in the presence of others – a large component of that being our hygiene and our clothes. Unfortunately, I’ll only be addressing the latter in this piece (I hope you’re washing yourself on a regular basis; although we all know that a developer that might not be).

I’m going to break down an average male technologist’s wardrobe into the cheapest, and most critically useful pieces. I won’t be delving into high fashion, accessorizing, or any of the frills associated with clothing. However, this guide will cover about 85% of the scenarios you’ll have to deal with on a work-week basis.

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From Tiny Wings to Wing Tips

By | Ideas For Your Business

Software developers have always had a stigma associated with the way we dress. Perpetually
underdressed and stereotypically touting T-shirts and shorts into the office, we wear our
programming-joke-printed T-shirts like armor against the pressures of the professional work
place. Unfortunately, when companies become successful enough to move out of the closet
sized office in the industrial park, the era of casual wear tends to transition into an onslaught of
pastel colored button-ups and ill-fitting slacks.

The aftermath of this cultural upheaval leaves employees rattled, and shakes out a few characters that we’ve all come to love and loathe. Maybe you’re not the comic book hero T-shirt type. Maybe you were born wearing wing tips and a Loro Piana super 170 blazer. Maybe you’re reading this article, sipping on Fernet-Branca in a black turtleneck at an artisanal pierogi restaurant on the upper west side. Wherever you may stand, let’s take a look at some dress archetypes of the common software man.
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