I like clothing, fashion and style and cannot wait to buy an amazing suit with nice accessories. I worry I will ‘out-dress’ my future boss if I were to buy accessories like a Zegna tie and pocket squares, as well as potentially expensive suits. Is it possible to outdress one's boss?

  • "Would an expensive/high-quality suit be a problem or is it alright if it fits perfectly? " - be a problem to whom? To you future boss? We can't tell... mind clarifying?
    – DarkCygnus
    Jul 4, 2018 at 18:05
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    This is hard to answer. In my company, you'd outdress the boss by wearing something more fancy than a t-shirt, but I don't think anyone would care as long as you're comfortable in your outfit. I'm sure it's different in other places.
    – Erik
    Jul 4, 2018 at 18:16
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    Not to burst your bubble, but it's unlikely anyone would even notice, unless you are dressing drastically differently from the norm (i.e., bizarrely). Jul 4, 2018 at 18:22
  • It depends on how conservative your work domain and work environment.
    – Max
    Jul 4, 2018 at 18:51
  • Closed as a duplicate of the two questions shown in the box, though this might also be worth checking if you're in a place without a real dress-code (though that wouldn't be the case in consulting.) Since you're dealing with a hypothetical 3 years in the future there's little else that can be said here that isn't covered by the linked questions. But if you edit this to improve the general nature of the question and focus just on "Is it possible to overdress?" that is probably useful.
    – Lilienthal
    Jul 4, 2018 at 19:50

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I was always told that a large part of getting ahead in a company is to dress and act as if you run the place.

In business, perception is reality.

  • Not in wall street apparently wearing a to expensive watch or even cufflinks ! can cause problems Jul 4, 2018 at 22:01

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