Having read 'Dress to Impress' (NCE 5/12 August), your correspondent seems nonplussed at the preponderance of tweed jackets and the like. OK here's some reality. . .
Take your nice Armani designed suit and try this:
Inspect a crane base pile at the bottom of a 6m deep coffer, highly plastic clay so you're knee deep. It is a hot day but don't forget your high vis jacket. So now you have three layers, nice and sweaty.
Attend a meeting (looking neat with tie) to discuss poor ground conditions with client's engineer.
Back to site with loads of dust (don't forget your mask) to ensure your facade retention is installed correctly. Crawl on hands and knees, then, with no lifts, walk up six storeys.
Return to office (looking neat again) to complete a falsework design.
Changing every five minutes wastes too much time and is impractical. So how is your Armani suit now?
Alternatively buy a durable, washable tweed jacket. See you on site, Mr Wheeler.
Stewart J Carolan-Evans, temporary works engineer, sc. firstname.lastname@example.org