Friday, April 27, 2007

The Return of the Summer Dress Code

I received notice today that my employer is doing the annual implementation of the summer dress code on Monday. This isn't a bad thing--panty hose are optional until fall--except that this year's notice included photos of specifically what was and wasn't acceptable. I'm not blaming my employer for this. We're going on the 3rd year with this program, and let me just say that there are a lot of women out there that don't seem to know the difference between a workplace and a nightclub.

The fact they even have to mention that belly shirts aren't acceptable work wear tells me that it's been a big issue in the past. Ladies, you can dress for summer and still look professional. Let's not ruin a good program, go get some "work" clothes (what a concept!). It'll be nice and hot here through October, so it's not like you won't get any wear out of them. And stop complaining you have no money for clothes--I've seen what you wear at the office, and you do so. Besides, there are plenty of places that sell appropriate inexpensive attire, even if they aren't the most trendy. You know where they are, now go.


Anonymous said...

I'm so with you on this. I'm tired of seeing women body parts. I think modesty and decorum is a thing of the past. I wish people had more pride in themselves. Women are beautiful, they don't need to see themselves so short. I have broad shoulders and figure I'll really catch it for this, but come on, let them "wonder" a tad.

Nancy (nanflan) said...

Don't get me wrong Hilary, I have nothing against sleeveless or even a mini. Both are allowed by our summer dress code at the office, and can be appropriate. My point is that a lot of people have no idea. Other items that had to be mentioned specifically are capris and gauchos. Are they modest? Yes. Appropriate for an office setting? No, not really. Flip flops are another item. Why should they even have to be mentioned--again, no issue of modesty, they're just not workplace appropriate.

Dawn said...

Here, Here! It's about time workplaces started issuing standards again. And I think that they have a right to. If I had employees, i would!

Anonymous said...

What fascinates me is the variance between regions in what's acceptable, and also in different professions. In Milwaukee I worked as a receptionist at a doctor's office and could not wear open toed shoes, large earrings, visible tattoos, and had to wear nylons with skirts, no matter how long they were. Now I'm a social worker in the Tampa Bay area, and anything goes! I've seen flip flops, jeans, baggy t-shirts, and cleavage every day of the week! Some of it makes me wonder, but most of it doesn't bother me. Maybe it's because we're dealing with life-altering situations every day, so what a person's wearing doesn't make a difference?
Either way, I can't say I miss those pantyhose!

Bev said...

We don't have a formal dress code policy at the college where I work, but I sometimes wish they did. Most of the faculty dress sloppier than the students. Jeans, sweatshirts, sandals, ball caps. How is that professional?

A lot of the women do wear capris in the summer, and while they don't look bad, I agree that it isn't appropriate for an office setting.

The students are another matter. Skimpy little shorts and tops, and then they wonder why the classroom is too cold for them. Hee.

MéLisa said...

Oh yes what fun! At least your employer had enough sense to point out what not to wear. We have cleavage, bellybutton, & butt crack central in my office year round!!!!!! It’s really disgusting, but no one does anything about it! We don’t have face to face contact with the public so we can wear jeans etc but don’t you think that your co-workers might not like to see all of you hanging out all over???? I was soooo shocked when I first started, but you are soooo right it is amazing what some people think is appropriate.