@chickpeas akimbo I'm the same way. Whenever I've been approached for informational interviews - which has happened maybe half a dozen times - earnestness wins over generic/business-y. The worst is when they have absolutely no idea what you or your company do. Basic research, people.
@notpollyanna I think that's OK! I think acknowledging that you understand their position isn't a bad thing. Shows humility and flexibility.
@chickpeas akimbo Great suggestions! Thanks for weighing in on how it feels to be in the recipient shoes.
@Ester Bloom That's pretty neat. I always respect people for responding, even if it's to say that they don't have time to meet, talk, or whatever.
@guenna77 Hopefully this will make it a wee bit easier!
@Allison @NoName I'm sure it doesn't apply universally - I work in the financial district and do see suits around! - but I've never been in a situation where a silk blouse and slacks, or whatever other professional combo, hasn't been professional enough.
@Madeline Shoes I didn't mention it in this post, but in addition to the outfits mentioned here, I also wore flip flops (not nice ones - Reefs) to this job. Sigh.
@LookUponMyWorks Oh yeah, I had one of those. A too-small, sythetic gray sweater that I'd inherited from my neighbor. Oh, and it made me sweat.
@honey cowl I'm glad I'm not alone in this issue!
@Heather F G Hah! I wish I could say some of my poor workplace attire choices were due to some company-wide perception of uniform. Alas.