Here in Florida people dress down. Much civility is left behind. So this stood in sharp contrast to the norm. On my way to the airport. I was wearing a blue blazer, easier to wear then to carry. At the airport two gentlemen graciously gave me directions to the ticket counter. A porter smiled and went out of his way to tell me where the security check line was. At the security check when I had to remove my jacket a guard was rude. Afterward, jacket on, a ticket agent gave to me all the respect I could ask for. Some woman looked twice. An attractive woman sat near while waiting. What can I say? The power of a simple blazer.
Steve, by wearing the 'blazer' you've found out what women struggle with daily: what you wear counts. It's all about appearance. Go to an upscale dept. store dressed nicely and the staff will fawn all over you. But go the same store somewhat sloppily clad and you'll be ignored-regardless of how much money you were planning to spend on either occasion. Try it as an experiment.
The other side of the coin. Nothing is simple. Yes, it is a real burden for women. Have to look the part you don't even want to play. What strikes me is how the clichés really do rule. If you dress like a TV anchorman or a weather woman you get the respect. Seems like people are really coded that way. Will experiment on......