I went to the Barneys Warehouse Sale this weekend and got a new suit (normally $800, only $140). Black pinstripe. I've gotten more into dressing nicely for work lately. Even ties sometimes. I think it's largely a reaction to the normally predictable fashion sense of developers (jeans and a free T shirt from a trade show). Plus, good clothes can be comfortable and give you a certain confidence. It's true. The clothes do make the man.
In some ways, it's a lot like Rasterman wearing Victorian outfits while he was a Red Hat. I do try to look nice, and I do try to look different, but not in a way that makes me look like I'm from sales or other pointy-haired-boss material. More like a trendy Village hipster I suppose. Luckily, Manhattan can be a decent city to find good and distinctive clothes in. Sure, the thrift stores are mostly crap (because everybody goes there), and some of the vintage places suck, but you can also find huge clearances and such on downright new clothes. Century 21, warehouse sales, Daffys, etc. are great sources for nice clothes for really cheap.