The posts that I write for this blog are aimed at answering questions non-programmers and aspiring programmers have about being a programmer. This results in me answering some questions that seem perfectly natural. But it also results in questions that surprise me. “What do programmers wear to work?” is one of the surprising ones.
I can answer this question in a paragraph. But I can also answer it with an entire post. Let’s start with a paragraph.
What do programmers wear to work?
The answer is that it really varies. Asking what programmers wear to work is like asking what people who work corporate jobs wear to work. On average, programmers probably dress somewhat more casually than the average worker. But there are programmers who come to work in suits and programmers who come to work in pajamas. What programmers wear to work has a lot more to do with the company than with the profession.
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about when it comes to how programmers dress. Instead of trying to describe programmers at large, let’s break things down by the dress code. Assume that you want to be a programmer. Let’s look at each style of dress and where you might encounter it.