Re: I gave in years ago
"it seems to make higher ups listen to me a little more than my less well dressed colleagues."
Power dressing works both ways. We were taken over by another company. I had an important request I wanted to make to their CEO at a meeting. I shocked the rest of my office by dropping the dress code suit - and turned up in my old techie style of jeans and T-shirt with a leather wrist-band.
The CEO listened to me - and gave my request his blessing. Having done my homework I knew the CEO hated "suits" but respected techies.
You can use the dressing style to be seen to be conformant. However - you can also appear conformant to put people off-guard when you are going to take a non-conformant position.Having to re-assess their initial assumptions about you puts them temporarily off-balance.