An interesting article in BBC News Magazine last week asks "Are work suits on the way out?" While we're all fans of well-cut suits around here, and not quite ready to toss them onto the scrapheap of sartorial history with the bowler hat and pocket watch, the article makes the often-overlooked point that it's possible to look sharp in business casual and to look like an absolute mess in a suit (see photo at right). So the simple act of suiting up does not in itself grant one a tactical workplace or social advantage. It's all in the execution.

Naturally we endorse the position cited of one Professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University who believes the tie has had its day. "What is the point of a tie? It's the weirdest thing. If someone from Mars went into an office the first question they'd ask is 'what's that thing round your neck?'"

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