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Wow... I feel so out of date now. Most of my dress cloths are either Express or Apt.9 because I'm a cheap bastard. My style as a whole sort of sucks as present though and I want to get away from it. I'd love to dress more professionally, but my present work environment limits that reasonability of that. Worse than that, I enjoy riding my motorcycle a lot and worry about wrinkling them while in transit. Florida itself provides a huge hurdle as it is so hot and humid during all points of the day.

Are there some good options for someone like me who is consistently a bit more active but wants to dress business casual? What are some good quality brands to look at for pants and dress shirts besides Brooks Brothers?

Edit: I love ties but rarely find any I like. I have maybe three that I thoroughly enjoy. The other seven or so are just disappointing, but where necessary at some point for the sake of matching the occasion.

I have a friend that rides his 1,000 cc bike to work every day in shirt and tie. He says he keeps his hair very short so no one can tell he wears a helmet. He goes to work on the bike, goes in the bathroom and wets his hair a bit and might re tuck his shirt, and then goes to work. Clothes stay just fine for him

Did I mention me and him live on the cost in Florida where it gets VERY humid. I think guys in business clothes on a bike is awesome. Remember why you are working in the first place, to support your life style. If your life style is enjoying a motor cycle, then go ride that som bitch in all its glory, work clothes and all!
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Button down collar oxford cloth shirts with a tie is a classic American look. I wouldn't do it with a suit, but it's fine with an odd jacket. Maybe not something people would do in Europe.

Normal collar and no tie is basically a nod to informality. It isn't technically correct, but if you're in a venue where a tie would be overkill, it can work.

Never really considered that conventions would be different across the pond, so fair enough.

I still don't like it though.
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I have a friend that rides his 1,000 cc bike to work every day in shirt and tie. He says he keeps his hair very short so no one can tell he wears a helmet. He goes to work on the bike, goes in the bathroom and wets his hair a bit and might re tuck his shirt, and then goes to work. Clothes stay just fine for him

Did I mention me and him live on the cost in Florida where it gets VERY humid. I think guys in business clothes on a bike is awesome. Remember why you are working in the first place, to support your life style. If your life style is enjoying a motor cycle, then go ride that som bitch in all its glory, work clothes and all!


Doesn't coast = breeze though? Florida and Ohio tend to have the same weather/temperature/humidity during the summer....the difference is we have no ocean breeze.
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I have a friend that rides his 1,000 cc bike to work every day in shirt and tie. He says he keeps his hair very short so no one can tell he wears a helmet. He goes to work on the bike, goes in the bathroom and wets his hair a bit and might re tuck his shirt, and then goes to work. Clothes stay just fine for him

Did I mention me and him live on the cost in Florida where it gets VERY humid. I think guys in business clothes on a bike is awesome. Remember why you are working in the first place, to support your life style. If your life style is enjoying a motor cycle, then go ride that som bitch in all its glory, work clothes and all!

I'm in Orlando, but have ridden on the east coast and it is a bit cooler than it is inland, which may help. I don't think it is drastically cooler, though certainly carries a more consistent breeze. What class of motorcycle does he have?

Does he omit dress shoes for riding boots or does he wear nicer shoes while on the bike? I suppose alternatively I could just keep a couple pairs of shoes at work (black and brown) and swap out my riding boots when I arrive. The ride in the morning is generally fine as even in July it is pretty cool outside still, but the ride home is miserable and that is where cloths might see their worst wear.
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I have a bunch of questions for you guys but I'm going to read through it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.

My problem is that I have to keep my wardrobe pretty limited since I'm traveling all the time. I can carry about a week's worth of clothes with me. Still gotta make room for things like running shoes and non-work clothes. The other slight problem I have is that I often need to carry a variety of small items with me at work yet still need to maintain a somewhat professional appearance. I've found some low profile cargo pants and I've gotten a queer eye for the straight guy on my choices but I'd also like to use you guys as a sounding board.

Tomorrow I'll post of everything I have with me, what I'm looking at getting and what I can do in terms of budget. Should I make a new thread or is this one acceptable for questions?
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totally intimidated by this thread

I have a bunch of questions for you guys but I'm going to read through it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.

My problem is that I have to keep my wardrobe pretty limited since I'm traveling all the time. I can carry about a week's worth of clothes with me. Still gotta make room for things like running shoes and non-work clothes. The other slight problem I have is that I often need to carry a variety of small items with me at work yet still need to maintain a somewhat professional appearance. I've found some low profile cargo pants and I've gotten a queer eye for the straight guy on my choices but I'd also like to use you guys as a sounding board.

Tomorrow I'll post of everything I have with me, what I'm looking at getting and what I can do in terms of budget. Should I make a new thread or is this one acceptable for questions?

If you have alot of small carry-on items, enough that you need to wear cargo pants to accomodate them all, buy a suitcase. It's professional and roomy. DO NOT fag out and buy a man-bag or any of that shit.

For people on the move alot you need to core dress. Women do this amazingly by taking one core peice such as a dress/top/skirt or whatever wearing it for a few days but change thier look by switching out with cheaper/easier to carry items. You could easily get away with 1/2 suits and 2 shirts if you don't sweat alot and your hotel/accomodation has a cleaning service. Just use plain colours and change the appearance of your look by wearing different ties/cuff links.

It all depends on how professional your workplace is.
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I need cargo pants for work, not for the plane. I have a rolling duffel that I check and my backpack with laptop as a carry-on. What I'm saying is that I don't think I'll be able to get everything down into a single bag.

The cargo pants are a necessity since I can't take said bag into a lot of the areas where I work.

It's business casual at best. Slacks/khakis, collared shirt, no tennis shoes. Most days I make due with cheap button downs from khols or whatnot, long and short sleeve.

I do sweat a bit during work but it depends on the site. Here in California not so much. Two weeks ago in southern Arizona, oh god yes. As for a cleaning service, I've found a few places that do laundry by the pound but their per item costs are dumb.

No ties, no cuff links. Some of the locals at each site wear jeans but my company says we have to be a step above them in dress code. Basically at this point I'm just trying to match colors so I can buy the right shade of cargo pants (I see a lot of khaki vs coyote or sand or whatever) along with the right shoe/low profile boots to go with them.
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Well if it's construction you work in, and it sounds like it is. What i wear is these;





Best things i've bought. Look a thousand times better than jeans and so much better than cargo pants. They are also rugged as fuck and you can get the service line if you don't need the tool pouches but since your carrying alot of crap around with you i would suggest that you get them it's so much easier than carrying them around in the knee pockets and they don't try to pull your pants down if you put something heavy into them.
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Nono, not construction. Hard to explain but I spend an equal amount of time meeting with officers and taking apart equipment. I can't take bags with me because I go into secure areas where they're not allowed.

This is what I'm looking at in regards to low profile cargo pants. Enough room to carry the few tools I need without having to jam everything into two front pockets and without looking like ungainly tactical pants.

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Like i said, if not go for the service line. Doesn't have the pouches and they look shitloads better than cargo.

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I'm teased for being over dressed most days in tan or black khacki's, polo shirt, black shoes and belt.

A lot of the guys, engineers all the way up to the director level wear plain tshirts, worn jeans, athletic shoes, etc. or maybe that's just because it's a corporate R&D non-sales environment?
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I actually like dressing up a bit for work. Wearing decent pants and a dress shirt isn't at all uncomfortable, even compared to tshirt and jeans. I assume most people just get poorly fitting dress clothes and assume they're all uncomfortable or something.

Apparently the increase in casual workplace culture is killing a lot of traditional clothing makers.
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Shiiit I'd be miserable wearing most of the stuff you guys are touting around the offices/labs.

I'm teased for being over dressed most days in tan or black khacki's, polo shirt, black shoes and belt.

A lot of the guys, engineers all the way up to the director level wear plain tshirts, worn jeans, athletic shoes, etc. or maybe that's just because it's a corporate R&D non-sales environment?

As I said, I work for an R&D group. It's just whatever the company culture is, and I take it one step further.
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