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My wife and I used to live next door to a woman who was a school teacher and served on various boards around town. She was often on the news in our area and was pretty well known. I cannot count how many times we saw her at the grocery store wearing her pajamas, a robe, and slippers.

This same woman used to open up meetings for the boards on which she sat,, when it was in her best interest, by telling everyone that she was raised in New England, and how New Englanders have a certain since of decorum that you do not find anywhere else in this country.

I digress for a moment.

Almost every company for which I ever worked employed a dress code. Most jobs have a specific "look" that employees must strive for. Techie, managerial type, librarian, suit, whatever. Toe the line whether you want to or not.

Even as a contractor, I have a dress code. One of my competitors here in town has been known to show up in Tommy Bahama shorts and shirt and $200 sunglasses when he makes a proposal. I once had a client tell me that they expected a contractor, not a pretty boy. Jeans, flannel shirt or T-shirt, and work boots is proper.

When making a presentation to a professional group though, I wear a suit. I am selling not only my information, but myself. The suit is half of the battle. It says I cared enough to dress up for you and I know how to dress the part.  My message will follow. Without the proper clothes, a suit in this case, I would only be half way dressed.

Good manners and professionalism also dictate that we dress properly for whatever we are doing. Pajamas and slippers are for sleeping or lounging at home. Nothing else.

I guess our President has a little New England decorum in him. He sure as hell could not put on a tie for his interview yesterday. Message received.

 

Comment balloon 8 commentsKevin Robinson • February 07 2011 09:28AM

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Kevin, I had to chuckle a little in reading your blog today.  I have never been one to "dress" the part of the typical female realtor in this area.  However, my client's respect me for the way I do dress.  I once showed up to show a distressed property in high heels and a skirt and my client laughed and then said "what the heck have you got on woman, you're not showing me that house in those shoes", I got out of my suv, opened the hatch and took out my coveralls and boots and proceeded to show him the house.  Afterwards I put my heels back on and went to settlement.  Dressing appropriately for the event you are attending is important afterall!!

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Long & Foster Hampden) over 8 years ago

Kevin * my RETIRED school teacher sister does not understand why I wear nice CLEAN clothes, have my high maintenance hair colored and cut every 2 months and have my nails done every 3 weeks...she does not understand why I know EVERY carwash in 3 counties and why I drive a nice car. 

PS * Being in BUSINESS means LOOKING like we MEAN BUSINESS...I'm wearing my NEW Tommy Bahama over sweat-shirt OVER my Banana Republic long sleve white t-shirt with my Ralph Lauren jeans and Stuart Wietzman buckle shoes!!!  My nails were done last Friday and my hair was done last Thursday.....YEAP!  I am fortunate to be able to be high-maintenance when it COUNTS!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

I had to edit my blog. My competitor wears $200 sunglasses to appointments, not a $20 pair. I wear $20 sunglasses, but they are also safety glasses.

 

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

LOL...i am from New England and did not know that part of being from there meant you could go out in your jammies and robe...

We all have roles to play and each role requires the right costume...so to speak.  

Have a great day!

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Posted by Annie Holdreith (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International/Manhasset, New York) over 8 years ago

Hi Kevin,

I do this your dress is important, and I agree with what June said above me as well. I once got a listing for farm land because I wore jeans and hiking boots and the Realtor before me wore a skirt and high heals. 

As far as pj's and slippers- enjoy the heck out of them AT HOME!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 8 years ago

Annie- No offense to you New Englanders. I am sure you have more decorum than my ex-neighbor.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Kevin, I believe the dress code is important. The president and all of us should look professional(that is if we are professional) when in public.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 8 years ago

 

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