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    I have to do a talk Thursday, for about an hour, and then listen to others speak for at least another 3+ hours. The auditorium that it will be in is chilly to say the least, and the event is not formal. What are your thoughts on a shawl collared cardigan with a tie look?

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    *i will be in wool pants and dress shoes as well

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    • #3
      Is this an academic or business environment? What is your seniority related to other people in the room?

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      • #4
        I was always taught that if you need a tie, you need a jacket. You might consider some thin base layer type undershirts. Another option might be a regular old A-shirt Often times I find I can wear an A-shirt under whatever in pretty cold weather without needing any kind of coat to keep warm.
        I can't find the stationary. -- James Bond

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        • #5
          Originally posted by gochrisgo View Post
          Is this an academic or business environment? What is your seniority related to other people in the room?
          It's a medical conference, so it will be a bit of both, depending on the participant. It's not overly formal, most of the physicians speaking aren't menswear savvy at all.

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          • #6
            LOL I've seen a lot of square toes in the hospital.
            I can't find the stationary. -- James Bond

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            • #7
              Could you do a thin wool V-Neck sweater under a sport coat?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
                I was always taught that if you need a tie, you need a jacket. You might consider some thin base layer type undershirts. Another option might be a regular old A-shirt Often times I find I can wear an A-shirt under whatever in pretty cold weather without needing any kind of coat to keep warm.
                That is actually not a bad idea that I didnt think of.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mad Martigan View Post
                  LOL I've seen a lot of square toes in the hospital.
                  It's a pandemic in the healthcare community. We have visitors from all over and it seems like they all love the square toes. lol

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BillN View Post
                    Could you do a thin wool V-Neck sweater under a sport coat?
                    Yeah, that is what I was originally going to do. I figured I'd lose the jacket and just do a shawl cardigan for comfort, but I can always just take the jacket off when I am seated. I was just curious as to what others thought of the shawl with tie look. I googled images and some of the looks werent too bad.

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                    • #11
                      I've seen photos where it looks good. But I can't recall ever seeing it in person.

                      But I don't hate square-toed shoes either. So, take it for what it's worth.
                      WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Shade View Post
                        Yeah, that is what I was originally going to do. I figured I'd lose the jacket and just do a shawl cardigan for comfort, but I can always just take the jacket off when I am seated. I was just curious as to what others thought of the shawl with tie look. I googled images and some of the looks werent too bad.
                        It's not a bad look though I would prefer the V-neck sweater under a jacket. Nothing wrong with taking it up a notch.

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                        • #13
                          https://i.pinimg.com/236x/04/97/9f/0...l-oconnell.jpg

                          I think it can be done.


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                          • #14
                            If you need to dress up, sweater under a sportcoat would be a nice look. If you don't, cardigan+tie is a fine option. I wear it to work sometimes, as jacket and tie is way above the dress level of everyone else in the office.

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                            • #15
                              I have a very hard time ever endorsing a tie without a suit. It's a very confused look--ties are at the highest level of formality, yet the rest of the outfit isn't formal to match. I think it can either look a little too try-hard/clumsy about 90% of the time. I've only seen it look acceptable in an academia context, but I think the assumption there is that academics are a bit goofy themselves, so it fits the bill.

                              Luckily, I would lump a medical conference into "academia," broadly defined. But if this is also the kind of conference where you'll see attendees from the business side of biotech and pharmaceuticals, I would expect them to dress a bit more sporty (suits and no ties, or even finance bro-esque vests and quarter zips).

                              Long story short, it's a hard look to pull off.

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