Is It Always Black Tie?

Real Estate Agent with Meritus Group Real Estate SD 14808

I am justing wondering what everyone else does concerning business dress? When is it alright to dress down a little. I mean in agreement with one post from yesterday its definately not during open house but what about other times? Times I would question would be:

                                                                 1.) placing open house signs

                                                                  2.) dropping off documents after business hours

                                                                  3.) showings on weekends when they are last minute

                                                                  4.) walk throughs after hours or on weekends

                                                                  5.) during staging assistance

                                                                  6.) during volunteering when I may be out in public                                                                                   representing my company

                                                                  7.) after hours running errands

I am just wondering what everyone else does. It is not like I am lazy about dressing up, but I do also value my blue jean time and it seems to be getting less and less lately! When people call you up last minute and want to see something do you dash out the way you are? I also want to point out that if I am in casual dress it is definately not inappropriate in any way... no hiphuggers, belly shirts, chest hanging out, etc. SO is it necessary to sleep in my dress clothes?I am looking forward to hearing what everyone else has to say!










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Rosalie A. Evans                                                                      

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Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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Comments (18)

Mike McGavisk
Keller Williams Realty - Newark, DE
Finding Your Road Home

Life isn't always black tie, and neither should the business!  I think it really depends on the situation.  If you are at home, someone calls and you can tell they urgently want to see a home, then I think casual is just fine.  If you explain why you are casual, they wouldn't mind as much in my experience!  I think especially when it is last minute, the dress doesn't matter.  Also, when you are running errands, that's really you're time, so casual is, of course, okay!

Apr 07, 2011 05:52 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Rosalie, this is a good question.

I personally am not very open minded about this...I dress in 'business attire' (ie suit or shirt & tie) sometimes, and other days I dress more casually...I just always make sure I am well dressed (they are nice jeans, usually accompanies by a nice sweater or tee shirt with a jacket overtop)...

I think if you maintain a professional heir about you, it's more important than the clothes on your back-  personally, if someone does not want to work with me because I'm wearing jeans, even though Im providing great service & go above and beyond their wants and needs, then it's probably not the type of client I want to work with anyway.

Apr 07, 2011 05:52 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Nice post, and good question.    In my area, which is very rural, with showing a home then immediately onto an acreage full of blackberry vines, the "dress code" is definitely more robust...a lot of hiking around!

Apr 07, 2011 05:57 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Mike- You know that is kind of what I think as well! If you call me up at 5:30 Saturday don't be surprised when I show up in jeans and a tshirt. Its amazing how many people don't make plans but an hour or so ahead of time and then expect you to jump.

John- You know I am the same way....some days I am all duded out in a full suit and some days it is jeans and a nice sweater. I guess I kind of get a complex because some people seem to always be in suits all the time. Frankly if I don't have to be wearing high-heels all the time my feet and back will be thanking me. And I couldn't agree more with your second paragraph there!

Apr 07, 2011 06:02 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Sea to Sky- Oh lucky you! I am a canoeing, kyaking, hiking , camping and bird-watching fool! You say rustic and I hear heaven!

Apr 07, 2011 06:05 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Rosalie, when I have scheduled work time, I try to go by the rule I learned in the GRI course that said you should dress one or two steps up from the clients you are working with. There are certain areas here in Portland that I would look pretty foolish wearing a suit (not that I own When your called to show something..or need to drop something off to a clients home when you're out and about, then dressing casual is long as it's not risque, really sloppy, etc. which most of us wouldn't be out and about in anyway.

Apr 08, 2011 06:28 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Cindy- Thats about what I figured. Here in the midwest we are mostly jeans and t-shirt people after work. So I suppose jeans a nice sweater and heels would work most of the time. I am starting in on my GRI classes after I get my website up and running, hopefully soon. I can't wait to get to some classes. Thanks for the comment.

Apr 08, 2011 09:10 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

As long as you avoid the lip piercings, the bone in your nose and the rolling stones lip tattoo on the side of your neck, if you dress in clean clothes and are friendly, helpful, you are good to go. Over dress and its restrictive and your rural audience can think who the heck does she think she is in the rhinestones and six inch heels? But look like a hobo with tears, odors and well, that audience you look like has no money and sleeps under bridges, in cardboard refrigerator boxes. If you are not comfortable, you don't perform well, don't feel comfortable in your own skin.

Apr 09, 2011 12:10 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

You know I do like the Rolling Stones! And that is true about the heels they do definately restrict the movement. I am more of the Eddie Bauer type...definately not the sleep under the bridge variety at all! So yes I probably should be good. I would like to visit your area up there.....I bet you have so awesome and kayaking. Sigh!

Apr 09, 2011 12:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I remember delivering papers late on a Sunday afternoon, ended up showing property (in shorts, not what I had planned), and came back and listed their house!

Apr 13, 2011 02:47 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Joan- Yea!! So it is possible for me to have a personal life and time off! I think part of it is just in my head. Wanting to look the part all of the time is just not going to happen realistically though. It wouldn't be so bad if I was naturally a girly girl but I lean way over to the tomboy side of things.

Apr 13, 2011 07:07 AM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Rosalie, business dressing for appointments is great. After hours, more casual attirewould work. I would also take clues from your clients - are they business people always dressing up?

Apr 17, 2011 01:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Times have changed. I used to wear a dress and heels to the office every day. (That was a looong time ago.) Now with my own at home company, not. I dress for planned appointments. 


Apr 19, 2011 11:04 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I don't think you need black tie at all times.  The key is to feel good in what you are wearing, you can a have a great jeans look as well as a great suit look. A

Apr 20, 2011 05:42 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Elizabeth- I  think I am going to do 8-5 dressed up as well as appointments. 

Margaret- I am not a girly girl, and I need to work on that because I am surrounded by them! But you know working at home a few days a week might help out with that, and give me a little break.

Alexandra- You know thats just it I don't always feel comfortable all dressed up. I don't know why either....I look completely normal in a suit? Maybe to much time in jeans has made me lazy?!


Apr 20, 2011 04:26 PM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Rosalie - Since I'm in Florida and it's boiling hot I'm usually in a dress, skirt or some type of tailored shorts along with a casual dress shirt usually sleeveless.  It's way too hot to wear any type of layors or suits.

Apr 22, 2011 03:27 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Michelle- You are so lucky! What I would do not to have to go through the dead of winter.....from January to March is not my favorite to say the least. It seems like alot of the agents here dress in suits even in the midst of summer. Then again it seems like alot of the places that have CA on have it at 65 degrees and people are cold. I just dress in layers to cover all occasions. :) 

Apr 23, 2011 12:43 PM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

With many homes lacking utilities in my area it is best to dress with the weather & conditions.  That usually doesn't mean I am the prettiest ever either!  For sommer I have learned to like very casual dresses that can go in the washing machine.

Apr 24, 2011 06:59 AM