Attending a business seminar earlier today, I was struck at the range of attire among the accountants there.
There were a good number, like me, in our dark suits, white shirts and smart ties. There were others in jackets with no tie. And there were others in polo shirts and sweatshirts, denim and leather jackets. And before you ask, dress style was not relative to qualification or size of firm!
So the question is - does it matter? Does anyone care how we dress these days? It is very rare that I see a client wearing a business suit and tie these days, and even fellow professionals such as solicitors only seem to dress up formally when they absolutely have to.
What do you think? Does a suit make you look or feel more professional? Do you think it has any effect on the way your clients perceive you? Or are they more comfortable when you dress a little more like them?
There's no doubt that times have changed, and of course our profession is well known for taking its time to catch up with the rest of the world. From what I saw today, there were either a few trend setters among us, or the profession is getting very scruffy!