I read the letters on the Dress to Impress article (NCE 5/12 August), and they all seemed defensive (or should I say attacking the before and after shots of poor Paul Wheeler).
I agree with Richard Gooden that engineers frequently present themselves badly compared to many other professions. For example, how many engineers do you know who think that:
A suit can be worn for all occasions, and until it falls apart
White shirts do not need ironing
Sandals can be worn with socks (and a suit)
The ICE has not updated its tie since 1965
Haircuts are much too expensive these days, and more than three a year is an unwarranted burden.
A person with style always stands out, whether he/she is in jeans and a polo shirt on site or dressed in Armani for a top level meeting. Style does not come from going to the best tailor, or spending lots of money, it comes from understanding your looks and appreciating the kind of impression you are trying to make.
As Paul Wheeler concluded, after a make-over from an expert, he felt different and (perhaps) the people he met also felt differently about him.
Now I really must throw out those shirts which have gone at the collar, and the trousers with the tear I almost repaired.
Peter McEwen (M), The Old Vicarage, Beenham, Reading RG7 5NN