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(The Register)   How do you feel about the "business mullet"? It's a sport jacket and jeans -- business on top, party down below   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 121
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2013-02-10 07:30:37 AM  
I think if you insist on bringing engineers into business meetings, it's a fact of life.
 
2013-02-10 07:55:37 AM  
I can't wear it at work, but if you're approaching 50 and need to meet business people on social visits, it's not a bad uniform.

You can't do it with a suit coat, or any normal sport coat.  Camal hair sport coats or something with a heavy cross stitch works best.  If the coat isn't casual to begin with, it won't work.  You also need to complete the outfit with good shoes/boots and impeccable jeans.  You can't wear the farm jeans and sneakers and expect to pull it off.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-10 08:30:38 AM  
I wear dress shirts with jeans when it's time to do the laundry and I don't want to.

I haven't needed to dress fancy for work (like wearing a tie) since I was at IBM in the 1980s.
 
2013-02-10 08:32:06 AM  
Next they'll be ranting about Cowboy Formal:

a1.vsoh.com
 
2013-02-10 09:50:06 AM  

Lsherm: Camal hair sport coats


Doesn't Camal mind that you use his hair to make a coat?
 
2013-02-10 09:50:54 AM  
Beware of all enterprises that  require a  new set of  clothes.
 
2013-02-10 09:50:56 AM  
It's a classic look, if you can pull it off. Also: Sports jacket and T-shirt, though that is a bit harder.
 
2013-02-10 09:51:20 AM  
Canadian tuxedo FTW.
 
2013-02-10 09:52:39 AM  

St_Francis_P: I think if you insist on bringing engineers into business meetings, it's a fact of life.


thread done in one
 
2013-02-10 09:54:22 AM  
Wasn't this look pioneered by young reporters like Woodward and Bernstein in the early and middle 70's?
 
2013-02-10 09:54:55 AM  
We do it all the time down here in South Florida.

My tech business is doing well.  Don't particularly give a shiat about what happens in California.  Sorry?


Sounds like someone can't pull it off.  Better stick to the turtleneck sweaters and berets, Nancy!
 
2013-02-10 09:55:44 AM  
Perhaps the Alabama columnist has never encountered preppies.
 
2013-02-10 09:55:58 AM  
I was doing this in the late 70's. I had a Pierre Cardin blazer (back when that meant something) that paired with jeans especially well. Then again, when I was 17 everything I put on looked good. I reprised this in the 80's with a double breasted Hugo Boss.

I don't think I can pull this look off anymore, though.
 
2013-02-10 09:56:00 AM  
The Clooney look of the top-buttons-opened shirt, no tie, and jacket is a bit more subtle.
 
2013-02-10 09:56:14 AM  
Only if you have a jeans shirt, too.
 
mhd
2013-02-10 09:57:40 AM  
Which is why it's so painful when techie types try to dress up. Maybe they need to pitch a VC. Maybe they have an important sales meeting with a potential customer. Whatever the reason, they invariably end up going half-way and wear the dreaded business mullet.

George-Will-like typing detected.
 
2013-02-10 09:57:59 AM  
The greatest achievement of the boomer generation was to rid our world of neckties.
 
2013-02-10 09:59:58 AM  
Never take a job where you can't wear a speedo and mesh t-shirt to work.
 
2013-02-10 10:02:00 AM  
content7.flixster.com
"Welcome to the 80's, gentlemen".
 
2013-02-10 10:02:02 AM  
The only acceptable mullet.
 
2013-02-10 10:02:40 AM  
Billy Joel. That is all.
 
2013-02-10 10:03:46 AM  
Invented it.  Now they're all doing it.

www.crschools.net
 
2013-02-10 10:03:53 AM  

WhippingBoy: Never take a job where you can't wear a speedo and mesh t-shirt to work.


Words to live by.  We had a recent change in management and he came down hard us but we stuck to our guns, jack ass principle.
 
2013-02-10 10:05:35 AM  
My dad did that look for years (probably the '60s through the '90s). He worked at a college in Brooklyn. That's as dressed up as he could get.
 
2013-02-10 10:06:22 AM  
If that's  the "business mullet" then what's my t-shirt and underwear?

/Self employed
 
2013-02-10 10:08:17 AM  

St_Francis_P: I think if you insist on bringing engineers Jeff Foxworthy into business meetings, it's a fact of life.


FTFY.
 
2013-02-10 10:08:30 AM  
Some of us in the educational profession call that the "Stylish Academic." Wear it with faded jeans, a black t-shirt, and some leather patches on your tweed jacket and you're good to present at a conference.
 
2013-02-10 10:11:13 AM  
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APPROVES!
 
2013-02-10 10:11:45 AM  
Business mullet? Oh FFS, just kill yourselves already.
 
2013-02-10 10:12:43 AM  
I've never seen an engineer do this, not once. Hipster douche VP trying to show the world how cool they are, now that I'll believe and have seen. Same cock had his snowboard and guitar in his office, apparently in case there was ever a corporate emergency that required emergency shredding, musical or otherwise.

Real engineers don't give a damn about looking cool. They know as far as clothes go that them and cool are not likely to be mentioned together. Dressing up for a meeting means wearing the khakis that don't have the coffee stains.

// I'm talking about you Nick you dick. And your not fooling anyone we''ve seen the pictures from when you were a "flash developer".
 
2013-02-10 10:12:55 AM  
Back in the day, we didn't need no stinking jacket to have business mullet, we had a mullet

i219.photobucket.com
/me
 
2013-02-10 10:16:00 AM  
To me wearing jeans with a sport coat is lower class and less formal than just wearing a jean and T shirt.  Suit up or don't, don't technicly do but not really.
 
2013-02-10 10:17:22 AM  
He'll welcome you into his lair,
Like the nobleman welcomes his guest.
With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!

But beware of his generous pensions,
Plus three weeks paid vacation each year,
And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!

He loves German beer!
 
2013-02-10 10:17:26 AM  
Are we talking about the standard issue local newscaster uniform?
 
2013-02-10 10:21:21 AM  
I've yet to hear the argument for why every person in any business couldn't just wear jeans and a polo shirt.
 
2013-02-10 10:24:15 AM  
And any of your upstream that think you can "pull this off"... you can't those below you and above you are moving you when you are out of earshot. Dressing like that just makes you look insecure. You are sending a message but not the one you think you are.

/ "look at me, I'm totally not a nerd and really cool. Nope, I'm totally not a nerd."
 
2013-02-10 10:28:37 AM  
fst_creeper: ... moving... mocking.  damn autocorrect

/
 
2013-02-10 10:30:11 AM  
Fine with me, but I don't work in the private sector.


/Can't wipe hands on trousers
 
2013-02-10 10:30:17 AM  
not particularly business-like but there's nothing wrong with a nice pair of jeans and a blazer if it is a place where jeans are appropriate
 
2013-02-10 10:31:16 AM  

Somacandra: Some of us in the educational profession call that the "Stylish Academic." Wear it with faded jeans, a black t-shirt, and some leather patches on your tweed jacket and you're good to present at a conference.


Another academic here. I traditionally go with the button up shirt with oxford collar, sport coat, and jeans. Shoes, however, are either sneakers or dress shoes. Yeah, I'm still stuck in the 80s.
 
2013-02-10 10:32:26 AM  

fst_creeper: I've never seen an engineer do this, not once. Hipster douche VP trying to show the world how cool they are, now that I'll believe and have seen. Same cock had his snowboard and guitar in his office, apparently in case there was ever a corporate emergency that required emergency shredding, musical or otherwise.

Real engineers don't give a damn about looking cool. They know as far as clothes go that them and cool are not likely to be mentioned together. Dressing up for a meeting means wearing the khakis that don't have the coffee stains.

// I'm talking about you Nick you dick. And your not fooling anyone we''ve seen the pictures from when you were a "flash developer".




Hey! What's wrong with having a guitar everywhere?

/someone sounds jealous.
//learn to play
 
2013-02-10 10:33:16 AM  
www.corporatemullet.com
 
2013-02-10 10:33:52 AM  

WhippingBoy: Never take a job where you can't wear a speedo and mesh t-shirt to work.


That tends to make my patients uncomfortable.

/Farkers seem to forget there are jobs where it might make sense to dress up a bit in the name of professionalism, i.e. dealing with the public.
//When I worked primarily on SGI workstations, torn jeans and sweats were fine. Now I wear ties.
 
2013-02-10 10:34:02 AM  

cmunic8r99: [www.corporatemullet.com image 425x525]


Makes little sense.
 
2013-02-10 10:35:05 AM  
It's not just the Silicon Valley.  Did some work in Fort Worth, TX.  The feathered AND permed mullets never seemed to go out of style to these weirdos.  It's mostly women sporting these things all around town too.  What scares me the most is that there must be hair "salons" (don't think they really deserve that title though) where they are actually promoting this and charging money for it.
 
2013-02-10 10:35:56 AM  
I've always hated dressing up for anything. Fortunately, my parents weren't into taking all those formal pictures for whatever reason.  I've owned one suit in my life and I wore that maybe three times. Back in the corporate days (mid to late 80s) working as an engineer, I was fortunate enough to spend most of my time on the production floor and the adjacent office, so coveralls were my corporate uniform.
Haven't worked for anyone but myself in almost 25 years now and it's jeans & t-shirt in the summer, Carharrt's in the winter. Most of my sales are either online or in person with folks that enjoy the outdoors at least as much as I do, and nobody ever requires a sport coat or a dress shirt.
I've had my share of "when are you gonna grow up" comments, too, but each his own. Some folks enjoy getting dressed up for work, dinner, family events etc. I don't.
 
2013-02-10 10:36:36 AM  
Jeans, boots, shirt, tie and sports coat.  Ten minutes into lecture jacket comes off, about 45 minutes later the tie is loose.  When I'm teaching video or photography, I'm not going to drag $50 slacks across the floor, stage, parking lot, wood lot.  I'm a guy.  It's how it works for me.  Want me in a suit?  Hint that I'm going to meet someone or going to a meeting.
Not stupid, just not "stylish", can't afford GQ subscription anymore.
 
2013-02-10 10:38:31 AM  

MFAWG: Wasn't this look pioneered by young reporters like Woodward and Bernstein in the early and middle 70's?


I've always heard it was Lorne Michaels. Seriously.
 
2013-02-10 10:38:52 AM  

Long Duck Dong's Aww-toe-moe-beeel: It's not just the Silicon Valley.  Did some work in Fort Worth, TX.  The feathered AND permed mullets never seemed to go out of style to these weirdos.  It's mostly women sporting these things all around town too.  What scares me the most is that there must be hair "salons" (don't think they really deserve that title though) where they are actually promoting this and charging money for it.


Don't forget the cowboy boots. I literally could not find a pair of lace up, steel toed work shoes in all of San Antonio. Just ropers.
 
2013-02-10 10:39:17 AM  
It's comfortable, and doesn't look all that bad when I've got a new pair of jeans (so, you know, every few years).  Nice jeans, boots, black belt, white dress shirt and black sports coat for more formal (and a hat if it's outdoors) or brown belt and a brown/tan (tweed?) sports coat for less formal.  And maybe it does make me look like a nerd, but if that's your first tip-off, you're way behind.
 
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