I practice law. Unless there is a court appearance, business casual reigns. The large global corporate firms still have corporate attire rules.
Few Witnesses can afford nicely tailored clothes which are very expensive. I wear more dresses than suits as a result of the high cost.
Most Witnesses stand out b/c of their dress. They are not blending. School uniforms still reign. Cleanliness and neatness would be good standards. I must say all Witnesses I see are clean and neat. I suspect uniformity to further bind us together as separate from the world.
I had such a strange reaction viewing the photo. Since I don't see many vintage photos, the all white male presence in such numbers was staggering. The exclusion of minorities and women is so obvious. Well, at least the women don't wear prairie skirts. Nuns wore habits. I was so afraid of nuns with the extreme habits before Vatican II.
Frankly, I adore well tailored suits made of Italian fabric. I am not envious of men who wear ties, though. Sometimes I am completely stunned by what is acceptable in the workforce today. I would send people home to change. A Burberry is the perfect touch. I would think the course content and their pupose in becoming elders was more important than a ridiculously, detailed dress code. What thing perplexes me? Why when individuals such as Knorr and Franz reigned, were the restrictions lighter? It seems that rule by committee is even more arbitrary. Perhaps making all these rules are delegated to one member.