Jason Goldman, blogger at The Thoughtful Animal, has decided — upon consulting blogger Isis — that jeans make for inappropriate conference-wear. Well, at least in some cases, according to the discussion that took off in comments to this post. "I suppose the main thing is that you minimally need to look like you know what you're doing.

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