How you define "dressing for success"--and "success" for that matter as well--is largely dependent on the person and marginally influenced by the environment worked in. I've worked in both casual and corporate environments, and for the most part have dressed according to the norm within those environments. Fortunately, at the ACLD, library staff dress is casual; you won't see a suit around here unless it is a really special occasion. That being said, I'm usually comfortable in a dress shirt and slacks or khakis and loafers, and because of this, I may be one of the more "corporately dressed" individuals among the team.
But recent developments have led me to--at least temporarily--leave my office shirtsleeves and slacks in the closet in favour for casual attire. Why? Because as winter temperatures have descended down into Florida, my typically balmy room has become a cold trap. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a beautiful view but are no defense against the cold that penetrates the glass. As a result, my office is infused with the chill of winter.
This by itself wouldn't be so bad if you have adequate heating. But for some reason, our facilities has set up an ingenious air handling system that links the needs of my room's heating to the needs of other rooms somewhere else in the building. Whichever these rooms are must never need any heat, however, because I sure as heck don't seem to be getting any! Through the computer system they use, facilities can electronically alter which linked rooms--and how many of them--must first call for heat before the system kicks on. But for some reason, no matter what they do my room seems to stay perpetually around 70 degrees.
Now, 70 degrees is certainly not a bad temperature, really--for the outdoors. But when you're sitting at an office desk all day, not generating any heat, the coolness of 70 degrees eventually sinks in to the bones. And for a body that operates at a 98.6F degree temperature, 70 degrees isn't cutting it--especially for hands. And lately, I find myself thinking as much about how cold my hands are as I do about how much work I can be getting done. That distraction isn't a good way to spend your day.
So--for me--the concept of dressing for success (in the comfort category) has been recently been renewed to include to dressing for warmth in my office. Now, I've lived and worked in colder climates, so I know about dressing for warmth. The key is dressing in layers, a tactic I have employed here in my ACLD office. But you'll be surprised to see how many layers it takes to keep me warm.
For example, above is what I wore all day long yesterday, just to stay warm in my office. Never mind that I also had a small space heater next to my feet that kicked on from time-to-time.
Yes, you're seeing that right. I wore all of these things all day long in my office! Six layers on top, three and a half on the bottom, two pair of socks, shoes, and a winter cap. That includes fleece, flannel and even sweats. I probably would have also worn gloves, if only I could type in them. Insane, I know, but there you are. Now that's dress for SUCKSess!