While Microsoft provided images of Nadella in more formal attire, those images weren’t played up on its site.
Let’s contrast Nadella’s look with the general attire of Microsoft’s newly departed CEO Steve Ballmer. Note the traditional suit and button-down shirt. It’ll be interesting to see if Nadella sticks with the casual look moving forward. Microsoft may want him to capitalize on the Red Sneakers effect, in which dressing down is actually a sign of status. It’s working well for T-Mobile CEO John Legere.