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In the context that "clothes make the man" (or woman), the modulation of what you wear goes a long way towards adjusting people's attitude towards you. Donna is absolutely correct in her assessment of her experience at the hotel. When I was in business, if I was sitting in my office, I could dress any way I was comfortable (it was my casino, after all). When I visited government customers, I had to dress respectfully, but not "above" them. They might where an open collar and no tie, and I might wear a suit, but the suit would be, say a muted brown and the tie not too flashy. If I was meeting with my peers, then the full Master of the Universe body armor went on with severe navy blue suits, fancy cuff links, spit polished shoes, starched white shirts and ties meant to make a statement.

When I roam around in foreign countries, I tend to wear long black pants, a white "buttoned" shirt and black leather shoes. I do not wear sneakers, shorts, a tee shirt and a baseball hat. I am polite and don't scream at my friends. In short, I masquerade at not being an American.

If I'm working in my shop, I can dress like a slob. If I am with people, there is no reason to start out with a strike against me by dressing down.

My experience this summer matches Donna's. On our our trip, we stayed at 17 different hotels. We were upgraded (sometimes to an eye-popping extent) in about half the hotels, I suspect partly due to what we dressed like (though being "friendly" to the check-in clerk never hurts).

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