“If Fate had given us an innate sense of style, she wouldn’t have made us businesspeople. We may be able to invent rationales for ungodly mergers, but style? We need guidance,” Stanley Bing writes for Fortune.

“We generally end up adopting whatever uniform is in fashion given the business we’re in, the locale, the weather. For us, it’s all received wisdom. Put us in a Snuggie, we don’t care. It’s business. It’s not personal,” Bing writes. “Except, wait. It is personal! Intensely personal! We’re not just cogs in some machine! We are a human being! But what kind? It’s hard to say.”

Bing writes, “Stylistic options have accumulated over the years, and none seems to have primacy at this time. Each was established by a titan who defined a certain look that has survived and found a home in the way we live now.”

“No discussion of seminal influences can exclude the man who codified the black T-shirt. I am speaking, in the reverential tones due the Mozart of our age, of Steve Jobs. Before Steve, the idea of sporting underwear to work was a pipe dream,” Bing writes. “Today, unless I have a show meeting of some kind, I always consider donning a crisp black T and slacks/sports jacket combo. It’s a look that says business, even big business, is just another part of life. I like to think that sometimes, even if it’s completely bogus.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Can a long-sleeved mock turtleneck really be called a “T-shirt,” much less “underwear?”