After reading a news article about Brooke Astor, a great philanthropist and the grand dame of New York society for over 50 years, I was struck by something she said. When asked why she always dressed up, even when visiting poor neighborhoods, she said that the public expected Mrs. Astor to be dressed like Mrs. Astor, not some dowdy old lady. Her photo showed her on her 100th birthday. Now she's 104.
What does our public expect when dealing with a real estate agent. Are they impressed by someone wearing a suit or does that make them feel like you are looking down on them? If we show up in capris and a tank top for a listing appointment, do they really care? I saw one agent's card where she has on blue jeans. Have we gone completely casual or are we still at the business casual level? Some agents in our office conduct business in shorts and flip flops.
Am I just an old fuddy duddy or does the public really care?