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Five People, Five Questions: How Do You Dress For Success?

This week the EVSC announced its plans to implement a consistent “Dress for Success” policy. This enhanced dress code policy will go into effect this fall.

So for this segment of ‘Five People, Five Questions’, I thought it would be interesting to hear what people had to say in regards to appearance, stereotypes, and success. This is what you had to say:

 

 

 

 

Dan Scavone - Facebook
Dan Scavone – Facebook

 

NAME: Dan Scavone

AGE: 46

OCCUPATION: Shop Foreman

1. What is your definition of “Success”?

Success is being financially secure, enough that I’m not embarrassed about how I live.

2. The EVSC has adopted a new “Dress for Success” dress code policy that will go into effect in the fall. It looks like more khaki pants and polo shirts are imminent. With consideration to your definition of success, what does your personal “dress for success” dress code look like?

Clothes don’t ‘make the man’… its knowing how to wear them.

3. It used to be the only people who got tattooed were ex-cons, military, and musicians. Now it seems like everyone is getting tattooed – doctors, lawyers, etc.… Do you feel like people with tattoos are really dressing for success…why or why not?

I have no problem with tattoos in general, but if a tattoo may be offensive to a significant number of people, it should be kept covered during working hours… I wont hire anyone with a neck tattoo either. They look trashy and tell me that the person has no regard for the appearance they present to the world.

4. Stereotypes are a hard thing to overcome. As a member of society why do you think people have a tendency to trust more in the professionals that they rely on for their health care, legal services, or even to buy a car from dependent on the way that particular professional dresses his or herself?

I like and expect a ‘professional’ to look like a professional. I think professional attire shows confidence and respect for their position. Professional appearance is not only for the customer. It carries as much or more weight with the person’s colleagues and superiors.

5. With consideration to the theory behind the EVSC dress code and their newly adopted “dress for success” policy – If the United States government decided tomorrow to adopt a uniform dress code policy for all citizens of The United States of America; what do you think it would look like?

I’m guessing it would look a lot like what they give people to wear in prison. They wouldn’t want us too appear overly military!

 

 

Joe Dewig - Facebook
Joe Dewig – Facebook

 

NAME: Joe Dewig

AGE: 34

OCCUPATION: Fry Cook

1. What is your definition of “Success”?

To be happy at what you do, and do what you can to be happy.

2. The EVSC has adopted a new “Dress for Success” dress code policy that will go into effect in the fall. It looks like more khaki pants and polo shirts are imminent. With consideration to your definition of success, what does your personal “dress for success” dress code look like?

Well I like to be nude when I am at my happiest…so nothing or what is comfortable is the most appropriate.

3. It used to be the only people who got tattooed were ex-cons, military, and musicians. Now it seems like everyone is getting tattooed – doctors, lawyers, etc.… Do you feel like people with tattoos are really dressing for success…why or why not?

I don’t have a tattoo so I must say this question is rather odd for me. Tats are a way of showing what you are into or how you feel, so success behind a tattoo is a must. You got to dress up the body as well.

4. Stereotypes are a hard thing to overcome. As a member of society why do you think people have a tendency to trust more in the professionals that they rely on for their health care, legal services, or even to buy a car from dependent on the way that particular professional dresses his or herself?

It’s all about comfort…if a person is comfortable and unafraid of the person trying to sell them something that cost much, much money, then if this person is dressed in “nice” cloths (no holes or dirty) then one feels much more comfortable in buying.

5. With consideration to the theory behind the EVSC dress code and their newly adopted “dress for success” policy – If the United States government decided tomorrow to adopt a uniform dress code policy for all citizens of The United States of America; what do you think it would look like?

Dumb…boring and downright disgusting. Black and White stripes with maybe a ball and chain around the ankle.

 

 

Brick Briscoe - Facebook
Brick Briscoe – Facebook

 

NAME: Brick Briscoe

AGE: 51

OCCUPATION: Filmmaker/Recording Artist

1. What is your definition of “Success”?

I would have to answer that by saying “Happiness.” That’s the easy way out though. I would define success as living your life on your own terms and keeping your friends and family close.

2. The EVSC has adopted a new “Dress for Success” dress code policy that will go into effect in the fall. It looks like more khaki pants and polo shirts are imminent. With consideration to your definition of success, what does your personal “dress for success” dress code look like?

Probably similar. I think kids need certain levels of discipline and guidelines. I have always felt that when you are limited to certain things you become more creative and less distracted, so with the schools I think it makes sense.” In my job, I try to consider the audience I’m appealing to. I always encourage my band to dress their best without putting guidelines other than that. Everyone who plays with me knows I hate blue jeans on rock bands, but many successful artists have pulled it off, so I don’t discriminate.

I’ve raised money for films in shorts and a t-shirt, but that only came after I’d proven myself to those investors. The key for me is that I feel better when I take the extra effort to look “nice” but a quiet confidence is the best suit and tie.

3. It used to be the only people who got tattooed were ex-cons, military, and musicians. Now it seems like everyone is getting tattooed – doctors, lawyers, etc.… Do you feel like people with tattoos are really dressing for success…why or why not?

I don’t like tattoos for myself. I would never judge, or not hire someone because of a tattoo unless it was a full facial or something like that, or perhaps had objectionable content. Some people pull them off really well. I say ink it up if that’s your thing.

4. Stereotypes are a hard thing to overcome. As a member of society why do you think people have a tendency to trust more in the professionals that they rely on for their health care, legal services, or even to buy a car from dependent on the way that particular professional dresses his or herself?

Every job has a uniform, from sports to medicine to sex workers. For some jobs dressing conservatively probably instills a confidence that the person is more focused on their work than in some distraction like fashion or ego. And even in the most conservative of fields, people find a way to express their individuality, like through a bright tie, cuff links, a belt buckle or a unique scarf, etc. I would prefer to be impressed by their work and not the chip on their shoulder because they chose the wrong profession.

5. With consideration to the theory behind the EVSC dress code and their newly adopted “dress for success” policy – If the United States government decided tomorrow to adopt a uniform dress code policy for all citizens of The United States of America; what do you think it would look like?

Firstly the government has a dress code if you work for them, which is no different than if you worked for EVSC or the Rolling Stones. Certain things are expected of you when you work for someone else.

Secondly, the question is kind of ridiculous and indicative of the political “fear mongering” environment we are faced with these days. If it came to that, I wouldn’t even be able to answer the question.

 

 

 

 

Will Flamion - Facebook
Will Flamion – Facebook

 

NAME: Will Flamion

AGE: 41

OCCUPATION: Auto Tech

1. What is your definition of “Success”?

There are so many types of success. Just in general it would be to achieve a goal.

2. The EVSC has adopted a new “Dress for Success” dress code policy that will go into effect in the fall. It looks like more khaki pants and polo shirts are imminent. With consideration to your definition of success, what does your personal “dress for success” dress code look like?

For work it’s a complete uniform. For going out on a date it’s a button up shirt and Levi’s. And for yard work it’s an old t-shirt and jeans with nasty green stained shoes. This is how I dress for success.

3. It used to be the only people who got tattooed were ex-cons, military, and musicians. Now it seems like everyone is getting tattooed – doctors, lawyers, etc… Do you feel like people with tattoos are really dressing for success…why or why not?

After a lot of thought, I don’t think that’s a valid question. Tattoos are a matter of individual expression. They are far more personal than the suit that you wear on the outside.

4. Stereotypes are a hard thing to overcome. As a member of society why do you think people have a tendency to trust more in the professionals that they rely on for their health care, legal services, or even to buy a car from dependent on the way that particular professional dresses his or herself?

Bias toward appearance is unfortunate.

5. With consideration to the theory behind the EVSC dress code and their newly adopted “dress for success” policy – If the United States government decided tomorrow to adopt a uniform dress code policy for all citizens of The United States of America; what do you think it would look like?

Dress shirts or polo’s with navy blue or khaki pants. Could be everyone in grey scrubs?

 

 

 

 

Jeff Valiant - Facebook
Jeff Valiant – Facebook

 

NAME: Jeff Valiant

AGE: 38

OCCUPATION: Logistics/production at Toyota Logistics Services. Also Councilman for the Town of Elberfeld, and Board member for Warrick County Area Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

1. What is your definition of “Success”?

Success is achieving what you desire. Your personal success far outweighs what others think or expect of you.

2. The EVSC has adopted a new “Dress for Success” dress code policy that will go into effect in the fall. It looks like more khaki pants and polo shirts are imminent. With consideration to your definition of success, what does your personal “dress for success” dress code look like?

In regards to this item, I do feel that a “dress code” is not inappropriate. Too many times we have seen children bullied or ridiculed for the clothes they wear. If a child is less fortunate, I don’t believe they should be chastised for what they do wear. A “uniform” policy would help to eliminate that chance and help the child to a better and more fulfilling educational experience.

3. It used to be the only people who got tattooed were ex-cons, military, and musicians. Now it seems like everyone is getting tattooed – doctors, lawyers, etc.… Do you feel like people with tattoos are really dressing for success…why or why not?

Tattoos are simply expressions of oneself. I myself have a tattoo. However, our society is not at a point to accept a person for who they are once they’ve seen the exterior. Too many times I have seen the better candidate passed over simply because their appearance didn’t “fit the bill”. People with tattoos are merely expressing themselves, and that should not be detrimental to their career.

4. Stereotypes are a hard thing to overcome. As a member of society why do you think people have a tendency to trust more in the professionals that they rely on for their health care, legal services, or even to buy a car from dependent on the way that particular professional dresses his or herself?

This comes down to personal perception. If you perceive someone based on their looks, then you may be more reluctant to do so if they have what may be perceived as a “negative” appearance (tattoos, mohawk, etc.) I hope that our society would reach a point that we look at someone for who they truly are, regardless of appearance.

5. With consideration to the theory behind the EVSC dress code and their newly adopted “dress for success” policy – If the United States government decided tomorrow to adopt a uniform dress code policy for all citizens of The United States of America; what do you think it would look like?

If our government would ever decide to try to enact a national “dress code”, I believe you would see the beginning of the end of this great nation. Of the many principles and ideas that this great nation was built on, on of those was freedom of speech. If every member of our society were told to wear the same thing each day, it would surely lead to a collective outcry against our government. This nation was built on its people being able to express themselves in any way they choose. A national “dress code” would be one step toward erasing the very idea that we were built on.

How would you answer the five questions?

 

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