I am not asking frivolously. I’m starting a management role in a mid-sized business software company in Philadelphia. I come from a finance company where I wore a suit and tie every day. The younger staff there were very focused on the brands (Alan Edmonton shoes, Freeman suits, or something like that). I never cared about such things, but I certainly knew the uniform and dressed the part.
I noticed during my interview future colleagues wearing trousers and dress shirts—the fairly straightforward “tech” look I see people on the street wearing. Especially and exclusively, I noticed brown shoes and brown belts.
Except for suits, all my clothes are old jeans and t-shirts and sweatshirts. I’ll need to buy new clothes but don’t want to spend $1000 buying the wrong things. Therefore, a few questions:
Are black dress shoes “out”? I rarely see tech types wearing them. Almost always brown.
Cotton trousers, or wool? Does it matter?
Are there certain clothing brands that are popular with tech business types?
What sort of briefcase?