“The Business Suit Is Liberating” by Daniel Coffeen

The jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers of today’s work world are not signs of liberation. On the contrary, they mark Capital’s success in co-opting every last vestige of personal life, folding our very selves into the will of production. The business suit — a pain in the ass, no doubt, and rarely attractive — marks a clear line between home and work. It is a uniform that declares: “This is me at work. There is another me that is, frankly, none of your business.”