For John, BLUF: Dress for success.
Dressing appropriately seems to have become somewhat of a lost art.
Dapper District has this line...
... dressing respectfully for the occasion is more a matter of communicating that you have amply prepared for it ...If you show up for a meeting with some government body or government bureaucrat, paying taxes or traffic tickets aside, or you are going to a bank (or credit union) and you have a nice shirt and a tie, you suggest that you are taking this seriously and you would appreciate it if others understood this, and reciprocated. It works. It doesn't mean that you have knuckled under to The Man. It does suggest that you see yourself as a serious person and wish to be treated as such.
Regards — Cliff