I wonder how many agents in the business have been in long enough to have gone through the “change” in business attire.  Over the past decade or so there has been a rather dramatic shift in how REALTORS dress for their role as a real estate agent. You will notice that the dress code is trending more and more toward business casual and even plain casual. It is becoming more common than ever to see gentlemen in khaki pants, a polo shirt with sleeves unbuttoned and a tie – maybe snug, maybe not. And the ladies are coordinating shirts and pants and bling that would not have flown twenty years ago in a real estate office. Century-21 REALTOR

There are still plenty of conventional dressers out there, and they look great. Classy dress never goes out of style, in my opinion. You have ladies who still don skirts and dresses and you have gentlemen who still sport dress coats. They are NOT a dying breed; there will always be people who recognize conventional protocol and keep it alive, and for that, I am grateful. I am a sucker for a sharp dressed man.

REALTORS at LuncheonBut it is fascinating to look back and realize how we used to dress (as a whole) and look how we have evolved. We are more laid back and casual, I suppose.  And our clients seem to like it. I actually believe it makes them feel like we are on the same level, rather than some haughty “million dollar club” agent who makes a million dollars a minute and doesn’t care about them…(You know that’s what the public thinks, right? Million dollar club = club for agents who made a million dollars that year)   

One tip though…if you happen to be WORKING with a haughty client on a multi-million dollar property, you might want to pull out the suit…just sayin’


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Sheila, so true. When I started 10 years ago I came frrom a corpoate job where I had to be dressed to the 9s daily. Ugh! Realtors then seemed to dress up too and I would look at photos of awards ceremonies and couldn't believe me eyes - the only thing missing on some women were tiaras. It is so much better to be relaxed in clothing todya - it relaxes the process which can often has stress inherent in it already.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) almost 9 years ago

Comfort and CLEAN are the top 2 considerations in my book.  Women are lucky * I can dress up a pair of jeans with a velvet jacket and diamond earrings!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Sheila - We still try to don the dress attire, but without the suit and tie look. We want to look professional without being intimidating.

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I think we should dress for the client.  A buyer in the $100,000 preice range will feel uncomfortable and not worthy of your time if the agent shows up in a suit and the female agent has on too much bling.

If the man/lady dresses shabbily the clothes will be noticed.  If the man/lady dresses nicely the person will be noticed.

Posted by Patty Clark, Helping Families Move with Care (Morningside Homes, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Great points, all!  Thanks for your responses.


Oh yeah...and Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 9 years ago

I love wearing suits....but over time I have gone to the casual dogs! I too believe that people feel more comfortable with agents not dressing so "better than thou". I too think it makes them think we are getting to much money in our commission.... I have an over active imagination so go figure.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Imagination is a good thing!!!  : )

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 9 years ago

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Posted by darry davidson, real estate middle homes (xxom) over 1 year ago