So I took a job with a regional bank. I'm gonna be doing web and networking stuff. I like the freelance lifestyle, but the health insurance was killing me and I kind of enjoy knowing that I'll have money to pay rent at the end of the month.
Because it's a bank, I'm required to wear a tie to work. I think I'm gonna like most stuff about the job, except the tie thing. I'll probably get used to it and not even notice I'm wearing a tie after a couple of weeks. But for now it's kinda bugging me. I tend to sweat a lot and ties compound the problem. In the past, the two things I've done to mitigate the overheating problem is to buy shirts with 17+ inch collars, and never actually buttoning the top button. Those things help, but they only go so far.
Any advice from tie wearers, who also don't like wearing ties?
Also, what's the deal with tie fashion? It seems like it's all over the place. Some guys have skinny ties, some wide and others in-between. I haven't bought a tie in over 5 years. And some of the ones I own are from the 80's. Between my relaxed jeans and my Reagan era ties, I'm barely allowed to go outside anymore.
When I had to wear ties, I never buttoned the top button of my shirt.
I also wore the tie loosely. Of course, I didn't work at a stuffy bank and didn't have to deal with the public, so noone really cared.
I suggest you wear the most hideous ties you can find.
Other than that, I can provide no advice.
It has been about 20 years since I had to wear a tie for work.
Are there any good thrift stores in your area? I picture you being surrounded by fashionable gentlemen who wear an expensive tie once or twice before discarding it for something more seasonal.
So obviously, I've never worn a tie except for some regrettable 80's fashions that involved the menswear look with skinny leather ties... don't do that. Do you have to wear a light-colored shirt? A darker and/or bolder colored shirt with a tie that blends in can be sharp-looking. With a light shirt, the tie and any food stains are the focal point. Going with a medium blue or green shirt and a blue/green/black tie is more forgiving.
Doubt if I could wear something like that Columbia shirt, Funk, but I do like their stuff a lot. Columbia gear is damn near indestructible.
Jolly, I don't have to work with the public at all. My new boss said that the tie thing was to boost the department's image within the company. I'm trying to keep an open mind to that idea and it's not working out well. It's also not boding well that I'm going into this with a tinge of a bad attitude, before I've even written a single line of code for them.
PG, There are definitely lots of thrift stores around here. Of course there are also a lot of thrift shoppers, so it all balances out. I've found that dress shirts tend to be something that you need to buy new. But yeah, I will absolutely be searching the thrift stores for a few more ties. I'm not gonna spend more than $3 for something I don't want to wear in the first place.
I went up to Smokey Lake (alberta?) in winter and wore a wool pencil skirt, no panty hose. No problem. BTW, do heated car seats bother anybody? I don't like them. I don't like my butt being hot. I think I prefer sitting on a cold seat.
In the same spirit that I recommended Overstock.com for suits - check outhttp://www.thetiebar.com/ for ties. They're inexpensive, nice looking ties that don't last FOREVER but so the fuck what? Order some cool silk ties for $15 and throw 'em away when some of the threads start to fray. I got about 20 when I started at my old firm and, given that they each get worn about once a month - most are still in solid shape.
Mev - not sure what the thrift stores are like in your area, but in my neighbourhood they are pretty damn good - mostly designer stuff for a fraction of the price, and barely worn, if at all. I'm thinking that there are a lot of people on the Upper East Side spoiled for nice clothing. If you can find a decent one, there are great deals.
It's what the Porsche snobs call the wannabe... the Boxster. It's white with the (as you can see) blue-gray interior. I bought it from a La Jolla lawyer who got it as a bonus for a case he totally scored on for his client. It has the upgraded carrera package (wheels, emblems, some boy stuff I don't get, etc) and is a convertible. I got it with only 13,000 miles on it. He hardly drove it and it's like new. It even SMELLS new.
His son was turning 16 and he wanted it out of the house (temptation). I got a deal. We were the first people to answer the ad and the lawyer didn't want to mess with it. My monthly payments are lower than my sister's are for her SUV (an xterra, I think). Ha!
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I've driven a Boxter. I loved it. So much fun. Wannabe schmannabe. It's a cool car!!
I've driven a 911 and a 944 too. Some day maybe - though I can't imagine pulling up to my current job in any kind of sporty anything. I may get over that one day, if we're super successful with lots of measurable impact.
I have also driven the 911 and 944 - awesome. Crazy pickup and speed. I get why they call my Boxster a wannabe; but, I just love it. Perfect for cruising the PCH with the top down. San Diego is the best place I have lived, where convertibles are concerned.
All my cars since 16 (except one) have been convertibles. The only car that wasn't was the car (honda civic hatchback) that I had during my boys childhood years. Safety first
Yeah, you probably don't want to pull up to your job in a Porsche. LOL! There are a couple of Ferraris in my neighborhood and one Tesla. I covet them. That's my long term dream for sure.
ETA: Nice eye on the HK umbrella, JR.
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I have never driven any of those, but I know that the flat engine style, which gives the vehicle a lower centre of gravity is also used in the Subaru, and that it makes more of a rolling sound than a V engine or an inline engine. It is also a sound that makes the bf visibly shudder when he hears it.