From the MarketWatch article:
The outdated career advice boomer parents are giving their kids
FYI, the only clothing-related post is the 2nd tip.
I thought it was interesting and could spark some good AAAC conversation.
I think Virginia Franco's advice is generally sound. But the difficulty is in attempting to understand the culture of a business of which you've never been a part. And lest we forget, you're not only dealing with a company, but individuals within a company, each of whom can have their own bugaboos and fetishes.
Not wishing to be boastful, but having spent 40+ years in business to business sales, marketing and consulting, my responsibilities have entailed meeting with individuals in literally over 1,000 different businesses. Early on trying to dress to best effect for specific prospects/clients became just part of my preparations for meetings.
Outside of the tech industry where extremely casual dress is a fetish, it can be very difficult to assume too much about the expectations of specific individuals, as I've been told by more than a few prospects who became clients. Just because the boss sits around in shirtsleeves every day, doesn't mean he/she expects you as a supplicant/applicant to walk into his or her office dressed in khakis and a BD. McDonalds, big box retail, etc. OK. Otherwise I wouldn't make such assumptions.
I've had crusty old guys who dressed very informally tell me they didn't hire someone because they walked into their office without a suit, irrespective of the fact they themselves never wear one. Why? Because dressing well and appropriately is a form of respect we extend to others, as well as a mark of our own self respect.
Lacking specific knowledge of a business and individual, my fall back would be to dress simply, but well. Neat, but a little dowdy. A decent plain suit, white shirt and simple dark tie and polished black shoes. The outfit otherwise without adornment. It demonstrates respect, but it's less likely to provoke the thought, "Who does this pompous horse's-*ss think he is?"