It might be surprising for some of you to learn that (ahem) – I don’t have a problem with dress codes. The less I have to think about what to wear to work, the better. Work is work -play is play.
I don’t even have a problem with school uniforms. If some kids’ parents can afford high end garb for their kiddos -and other kids have to wear Goodwill stuff? Uniforms equalize all of that. Even when I was in school I wouldn’t have had a problem with uniforms. Knee socks can be fun! And the kind of sick irony is, schoolgirl clothing is a definite “kink.”
There are a couple of exceptions I take to dress codes:
- Wearing skirts, dresses or “very dressy” shoes is required (I wouldn’t agree to such a dress code unless I were paid as much as a high-class madam to high class call girls)
- The dress code is not enforced fairly (hey if I have to follow the rules so should everyone else)
I’ve dealt with lots of dress codes in my life. Any shorts I wore in high school had to be knee length. Skirts could be any length – so I could (and did) – wear miniskirts, but gosh shorts needed to graze my knees for some reason. Some male classmates would later challenge this…discrepancy – by wearing skirts to school. This got those boys far more attention than I ever got wearing short skirts! More importantly, this prompted change in the dress code.
My mom wasn’t quite so fortunate. When she was in high school in tje the late 1960s, she was sent home to change when she violated the “fingertip rule” and wore a too-short skirt to school. She didn’t bother walking back to school that day.
Other dress codes I’ve had:
- Dress pants/khakis (no denim)
- Hose/knee highs/trouser socks for women (no regular socks) – thankfully I didn’t have to deal with this for too long…
- No uncovered tank tops/camisoles/no exposed shoulders, midriff, etc.
- No hoodies
- Polo shirts (really disliked that one…they are flattering on no one and too heavy to wear in a high-activity job)
- No sneakers/ running shoes (me and others on my “team” are exempt from this as support staff)
- No logo/screen print shirts (except company logos)
- Wearing certain colors on certain days
A new dress code takes effect soon. It’s basically black tops/bottoms with a “splash” of one other “designated” color. Denim will be allowed as long as it’s black.
Wouldn’t you know it…I just bought a pair of new grey pants not too long ago!
Oh the tyranny… (lol)! Let’s see if this even gets enforced! If some of you could see what the “kids” are wearing to job interviews – and work -these days you’d scratch your heads! Is a hoodie and ripped jeans ensemble ever a good choice for wearing to an interview?