We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dress and comportment are important for men and women in careers and in regular life. The "suit does not make the man," but dressing right for the occasion matters a lot to other people. First impressions are everything. Of course, you have to have more to offer than your presentation, but it matters all along the way until you have fulfilled your dreams. Then you can do whatever the heck you you want. Flip flops and t-shirt, Unless you are in the rag trade.
If you look and behave like a professional, you can become one. Assuming some cleverness and, like the car below, attractiveness isn't enuf but it's a good start. Easy things for a career: Fitness, good clothing, agreeable attitude, even if fake.
Addendum: Scott Adams says good shoes are the most important part. Maybe, but good hair might be equally so.
Personally, I think that girls should be allowed to come to the office naked. I've read articles about nudist colonies, and they say that naked people are more authentic. Clothes are just an invention of the bourgeoisie; they are part of a capitalist plot to oppress the working class with complicated buttons and zippers.
But to free all the women once and for all, the proletariat will have to compromise with the exploiters to make sure that the air conditioning is not too strong. All men, of course, love naked ladies who are covered with goose bumps; but those rock hard nipples could be dangerous.
Understand that the converse is true. That is if you dress and comport yourself in ways that offend the eye or sensibility it sends a very negative message. Pink or purple hair or multiple tattoos yells "I'm crazy". As do odd/bizarre haircuts, How many times have you seen women (mostly women) wearing PJ bottoms to the store? I might add that the hijab is not required by Islam it is a choice. It appears to me that women in Western countries choose to wear a hijab as a visual F-you to non-Muslims.
I tend to shun synthetics and dress in clothing made from cotton, linen, silk, and wool. Prefer to wear simple lines and classic styles (and skirts that end just below the knee, not above it). Synthetic fabrics feel itchy and are less pleasing to the eye as well. A few percent spandex I can handle but other than that it's natural fibers all the way.
Nora Gardner might work if you're a petite thing. Styles are too tight fitting, dresses and skirts too short, IMO. But I'm not a jeune fllle or a city girl. Agree with commenter above on the discomfort factor with fabric that is mostly polyester. Torture in hot weather!