Mark Cuban is Right: Why Do We Wear Suits?

With a hat tip to Josh Hallet – who got the story from 37Sginals. – I must share with you the wise post from one Mark Cuban – owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

You see, I agree completely with Mark on this one.  I function much more effectively and efficiently in a “business casual” outfit.  No tie.  No jacket.  No wool. (Honestly, who in Florida actually likes wearing wool or wool blend suits?)

Here are some quick highlights from Mark’s blog (Maverick Mark) — but you should read the whole thing:

I’m not a suit hater, I just could never think of any good reason for any sane person to wear a suit in the first place.

Exactly what purpose does a suit serve ? Why in the world are so many people required to wear a suit to work ? Do the clothes make the man or woman in the western world today ? Does wearing a tie make us work harder or smarter ? Is this a conspiracy by the clothing, fabric or dry cleaning industry to take our money ?

Or are we all just lemmings following a standard we all know makes zero sense, but we follow because we are afraid not to ?

Now I understand some people think wearing a suit provides them with a certain level of stature. It gives them confidence. It helps them feel good about themselves. Well let me be the first to tell you that if you feel like you need a suit to gain that confidence, you got problems. The minute you open your mouth, all those people who might think you have a great suit, forget about the suit and have to deal with the person wearing it.

Is there a reason other than “thats just the way it is” ? Haven’t you looked at someone in a suit, trying to look important and just thought how stupid and out of place it is ? Why do we do this to ourselves ?

Great points, Mark.

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One Response to Mark Cuban is Right: Why Do We Wear Suits?

  1. kate says:

    Far be it from a former hippie to defend the wearing of suits; however, didn’t we try the whole casual thing ten years ago? I remember working for a Fortune 500 company that allowed us to dress in a casual way and too many former suits went overboard – one even wore flip-flops to the office.

    Keeping it simple and suited is probably easier for management because they don’t want to waste time reprimanding people for dress code violations. I even remember VPs who needed to be reminded that cleavage during meetings is just a distraction.

    Another excuse to go back to business wear – casual dress encourages laziness. I’m not sure I agree with that, but there is a psychological component to being a well-dressed man or woman.

    Plus men in suits are hot.

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