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Old 07-11-2014, 10:54 PM
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Tell people you like to impress your GF by dressing up. Given the average actuarial male this will be an adequate explanation.
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Follow the culture of your department. If the people around you wear suits every day, you wear a suit every day. If the norm is closer to business casual, then you do that.
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Follow the culture of your department. If the people around you wear suits every day, you wear a suit every day. If the norm is closer to business casual, then you do that.
If you like to dress nicer than the people around you, that can be fine too, as long as you're not stuck up about it, IMO of course.
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Follow the culture of your department. If the people around you wear suits every day, you wear a suit every day. If the norm is closer to business casual, then you do that.
I totally agree with this. My career as an actuary spanned from 1969 to 2005. Times changed a lot over those years. When I started, I wore a suit and tie every day as did everyone else. Much later, my company allowed one "casual day" each week (with a few exceptions). This finally morphed into clean apparel every day (again with exceptions).

For years I liked suit and tie, but I quickly followed the changes over time and enjoyed it. You can look really good without suit and tie. I liked it.
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Tell people you like to impress your GF by dressing up. Given the average actuarial male this will be an adequate explanation.
Do you interact only with your actuarial department at work?
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Do you interact only with your actuarial department at work?
All men everywhere can appreciate the concept of doing something to impress a woman.
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People who interact with you a lot would be puzzled by the sudden change, but they'd get used to it. People who you barely interact with probably won't blink.
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I've always been of the opinion that a tie without a coat doesn't look great. Personally if I wanted to step up the formality of what I was wearing (without being too formal) I would opt for a well-fitted blazer without a tie. I think by doing this you would still look good but wouldn't be that weird guy who's always wearing suits.
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If you like to dress nicer than the people around you, that can be fine too, as long as you're not stuck up about it, IMO of course.
This.
My last company was pretty casual, but I almost always wore a skirt anyway. It was a better choice for my figure, and that's what was in my wardrobe from the early days when office attire meant skirt or dress for women and a tie (at least) for men.
On jeans day, my excuse was, "I don't own any jeans."

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