Skip to comments.Casual Friday is so '90s, dressing down is full time
Posted on 08/23/2006 8:48:35 AM PDT by qam1
On those rare occasions when insurance executive Tara Guizot wears a suit to her Los Angeles office, "people invariably ask me if I'm interviewing for a new job," she said.
The trend toward casual dress has gone so far that Matt Smith, a 27-year-old Los Angeles lawyer, is on a quest to establish "Tie Tuesday." He would like to wear a suit to work but knows he'd be ridiculed. Instead, Smith dons a tie every Tuesday and hopes other men in his office will follow. So far, a couple have.
"It's just something fun," he said.
Forget casual Fridays. In many workplaces, it's casual everyday as corporate dress codes have gone the way of fedoras and white gloves.
Office workers, from executives to receptionists, now wear pretty much what they want, sometimes baring more cleavage, tattoos and body fat than co-workers care to see.
Polo shirts, sweater sets and tailored slacks -- what many companies consider "business casual" -- have given way to halter tops, rubber flip-flops, T-shirts and jeans.
The trend has even sparked a mini-backlash among professionals opting for a more buttoned-down look.
"Wearing a tie used to be a sign of conformity. But dressing down is now conformity and dressing up is rebellious," said Robert Stephens, who founded the Geek Squad, Best Buy Co.'s computer repair service. Squad members sport short-sleeve white shirts and black ties.
Credit younger workers, who bring a who-cares-what-I-wear attitude to their cubicles, for the casual-everyday trend
"It really helps us, specifically with Gen X and Y workers," said Miriam Wardak, senior vice president for ICF International, a Virginia-based consulting firm, adding that some younger workers have told her they would not consider a potential employer if they had to wear a suit and tie.
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Of course that was after they relaxed the 'no facial hair' rules.
Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.
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Another GenX bash thread. Meanwhile, we'll be in our jeans, paying for your SS benefits for the next 35 years, so lay off.
Gen Y wants to know which employers have "casual work ethic" Fridays.
You mean I should not have worn these flip flops and jeans to work today?
On that subject...
How casual are things in Kali?
The other day the judge started his oral decision with "Dude,..."
Happily sticking to khaki and golf shirt conformity. Nothing done in that garb can be done any better in anachronistic vestigial ramient. What the heck purpose does a tie serve. If it was winter and it was a scarf, maybe. Suit fabrics provide minimal protection against the elements, and the whole deal focuses on appearance vice capability. How good can a suit be?...lawyers and used car salesmen wear them!
IMO, clothes are gear. Wear that which supports function.
Incedently, this old fart is too old to be attempting the peacock process where appearance is concerned.
Can't trust a slicky-boy!
Tired of seeing women's tramp stamps sticking out over top of their jeans
Well, I used to know a chick who had this big, disgusting birthmark on her rather enormous cleavage, but other than that, I find that last statement hard to visualize.
I'll never forget the time the hot Ukrainian chick came to work wearing the mini-skirt, white fishnets, and the halter top. I was almost stampeeded to death in the crush of male humanity that decended on her when she went to the breakroom. What a wonderful way to die...
If what I just wrote made you sad or angry,
it was probably just a joke.
no he DIDN"T!
I can understand certain positions that would require it, but we never interfaced with customers, just one another. Yes, it was a waste of money.
In my job, I can wear anything from a dress or suit to skorts and polos, sandals, white keds, heels etc.
Of course, I don't deal much with people outside of ** ominous music ** the dungeon, my windowless office.
"paying for your SS benefits for the next 35 years"
or maybe not... 8-)
That is perfect!!!!!!!
When I worked in the private sector, I just wanted to see the 'business casual' rules enforced. For males, your options were pretty simple - khakis and a polo shirt, maybe a button-down style shirt with an open collar, and dress shoes.
If I strayed too far outside those lines, I'd most certainly get called on the carpet.
Women, on the other hand, could wear damn near whatever they wanted, as long as it wasn't jeans, and there was no backlash at all. The worst offenders were the several extremely overweight women who essentially wore pajamas/jogging suits and sandals to work every day, because it was the only thing they could fit into. Pissed me off to no end.
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