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In the field of economics there is the concept of signaling, the idea being that sometimes we do things in part, or even entirely, to communicate to others something about ourselves. Wearing a suit is signaling. What does wearing a suit signal? That we take something seriously. Very few people like wearing a suit. I don't, and I don't think I've met ...


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For many people, suit-wearing is about compliance. It is worn because it is demanded. I will preface this by saying that I am a software engineer, so I am probably more hostile to suit-wearing than most. Every time I wear a suit, it is to comply with some societal rule or mandate. Someone above, whether it be my boss, the pitch committee (in non-tech ...


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