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Poll results: office dress code?

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  • suit & a tie

    2 9.52%
  • suit (female)

    0 0%
  • why a poll, blue shirt & Khaki's or some derivative

    7 33.33%
  • dress as in Ann Taylor-like

    1 4.76%
  • dress as in LL Bean like

    2 9.52%
  • jeans & a collared shirt

    3 14.29%
  • jeans and whatever shirt

    1 4.76%
  • shorts are okay

    0 0%
  • it depends if I have a meeting that day

    6 28.57%
  • as much cleavage as I can throw out there

    0 0%
  • I look like I crawled out from under a rock

    1 4.76%
  • I work in my pj's as I work from home, psyche!

    0 0%
  • office dress codes are all part of the indoctrination

    1 4.76%
  • office dress codes emit a sense of professionalism

    7 33.33%
  • who give a crap

    2 9.52%
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Thread: I'm wearing this to work...and I don't care what you think!

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    Casual button-down twill shirt, jeans and hiking boots today. That would be formal wear if I was at home.
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    Usually Fridays is jeans with a button-up, no tie.

    But this morning was the State of the City address, so I'm in full suit and tie regalia.

    I may be losing the tie though when I go home for lunch.
    Last edited by btrage; 02 Nov 2012 at 10:54 AM.
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    Short-sleeve knit shirt, jeans, boots and damn, am I comfortable!
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    Jeans, Tee and running shoes
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    Jeans, t-shirt, twill jacket, a green brim military hat like this one, penny loafers.

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    We have two casual days a week (sometimes three... sometimes four!). Today I am in some good ole' hipster blue jeans (not skinny, just hipster approved denim sourcing and manufacturing), a khaki shirt, and cream colored sweater. The kicker though are the blue suede FU boots.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Usually Fridays is jeans with a button-up, no tie.

    But this morning was the State of the City address, so I'm in full suit and tie regalia.

    I may be losing the tie though when I go home for lunch.
    I went home for lunch and took the tie off. However, I proceeded to get food on my shirt.

    As I was changing my shirt, I figured I might as well change into jeans as well.

    But the pair of jeans I wanted to wear was dirty.

    So I ended up back in the office with a different dress shirt, no tie, and khakis.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    I went home for lunch and took the tie off. However, I proceeded to get food on my shirt.

    As I was changing my shirt, I figured I might as well change into jeans as well.

    But the pair of jeans I wanted to wear was dirty.

    So I ended up back in the office with a different dress shirt, no tie, and khakis.
    Which means everyone at the office assumes you went home for a "nooner" and made up some lie about getting food on your shirt. Sweeeeeet! The boss-man gettin' busy!
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    I wore Nike running shoes, blue jeans, and a Hawaiian inspired floral pattern camp shirt to work yesterday. It was Friday.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    I usully just throw a robe over my boxers before heading down to the office.

    After breakfast and checking/responding to emails I'll take a shower and then dress. Shorts and a t-shirt in summer, jeans and long-sleeved shirt, with maybe a sweater in winter. For meetings with more casual clients or field work I'll don khakis and a company logo shirt. For interviews and presentations it is a sportcoat, with or without tie.
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    reviving this thread with a poll after a conversation with a fellow Cyburbian today

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    reviving this thread with a poll after a conversation with a fellow Cyburbian today
    I missed that. My biggest pet peeve is seeing conservation women who wear camo t-shirts and ball caps. There are plenty of options that are comfortable and look better. They don't have to look like a farm hand or like they're ready to go hunting. Well, that's what I think. They don't.

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    Tomorrow I'll be wearing a dark pinstripe suit and tie. Important public hearing tomorrow.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Hmm.....

    My shoes are preferred wear of the French Foreign Legion....Columbia pants and $5 shirts from Plato's Closet......

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    I am a suit at work. I will often wear a tie but not all the time.
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    Wool trousers, gingham shirt, and sportcoat today, no tie. I wear a suit or sportcoat at least 3 days a week, usually 4.
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    khaki pants/blue shirt/tie derivative. I recognize good style in others when I see it, but unfortunately have none of my own.
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    I work in a real estate office. Dress shirt & dress slacks is the typical dress code for men. Jeans are frowned upon unless you're working outside in the field, it's an office cleanup day, you're working on the weekend, it snowed 6"+ or the area flooded, or it's a declared casual Friday. It seems kinda silly to me. Our company and our office culture is so progressive and carefree in so many other ways, but I feel like the attitude towards jeans is very 60 years ago. It sucks, because I feel like I pull off the jeans & dress shirt look better than the slacks & dress shirt look. Still, in honor of this thread, I decided to wear jeans today! Take that, higher-ups! We're also having a party later today, so I'm using that as my justification.

    The one thing that's odd is that wearing a suit or tie is also kinda frowned upon (don't want to make the higher-ups look bad), unless you're attending an important meeting with clients who you've never met before or who are old-school and stuffy, or you're going to a dressy event.
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    Don't get me started

    A friend works in HR, and she's also a multi-era re-enactor (looking for a photo, I see she's into Civil War, WWII, Renaissance). So I guess she knows something about what to wear when.

    Attending a job fair, she made a post about the apparel worn by young women. Apparently there's a disturbing trend towards sequins, low necklines, and high hems. (Can't imagine where they might have picked that up.)

    In the discussion I shared this pic. The Lily Pulitzer types are interview guests; the gal in long sleeves holds the job (and her name is on the show).


    And this one. In the middle is the owner of a small business, and the rest are MBA students who used her company for a project.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Pause to search for an earlier comment I could have sworn I'd posted in the "drives you crazy at work" thread.

    At the wireless company, I was in a department by myself (project engineering) with the boss in another location five hours away. The head of the rest of the building (cell techs, mostly field repair folks) took it upon himself to monitor my appearance, comings & goings, other activities. It was a U-shaped building and I had a corner office overlooking the parking lot at one leg; everyone else was on the other side.

    The operations guy used to hang out by the bottom of the U (coffee) and peer over the file cabinets (arrays and stacks of them) to see what I was doing/wearing. On Election Day I typically wore my flag-printed shirt, and he'd make a comment to his admin about it; she'd relay this to me.

    It finally bit him in the butt. A corporate HR person visited, and her intent was to sit in the conference room outside my office and meet with everyone who worked out of our building. Ops Guy came and got me, let me know she was there, escorted me in. We had a nice professional chat, her in a plain oxford shirt and cords; me in a shirt, jacket, pants in an interesting spring color array. I was dressed better than she was, and if memory serves she complimented me on my outfit.

    When I returned to my desk, there was an e-mail from the boss. "I understand that you are violating the dress code policy today and if that is true please tell me why."

    Fortunately the HR gal was there a second day. I printed the e-mail and waited for my chance, then asked for an audience and handed it to her. She read it, and said, "there's a problem here." She suggested I file a grievance with our local HR gal (a similarly colorful dresser). The outcome was: Mr surveillance came to me an stated that he would no longer be reporting to Cleveland about my appearance nor activities.
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    When I still had an office-mate sharing the vast space, that fellow would listen to my phone calls and call up the boss to complain. In mid-August, I got a call from the boss with a command performance: travel to Cleveland for a FTF meeting to discuss "things." He wanted me there ASAP, and I pointed out that I had a full schedule of conference calls, meetings, other deadlines that couldn't be handled from the road. How about next Friday? Nope, not giving up my weekend to drive there. Besides, it's Labor Day.

    Finally arranged the time for the second week in September. It's my habit to stop and shop, and at a Goodwill I found a really nice printed gauze dress and a matching jacket. Since that's what I typically wore to the office, I ended up wearing it to our meeting...
    ...in which he sat there, in his sweatshirt and jeans, and informed me that I didn't dress "appropriately" for the office and there was a dress code and there'd been complaints.

    I remember sitting there staring at him. He ended up pulling up the corporate dress code, with photos of retail store staff in light blue shirts and khakis. And my attire was suitable for an interview.

    Moral: talk to HR. Use good sense. And keep the resume updated.
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    I usually stick with dress slacks and now that it's Spring a polo shirt and no jacket. If I have to present something than I'll throw on the suit. I'm actually better dressed than most in my building. I see a lot of jeans and shirts on the ladies. Most guys it's just khakis and a polo. No one around here complains about how people dress. Just do your work.
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    Reminds me of when I worked at a shoe sales place and had on a pair of dockers instead of real dress pants. One of the other guys gave me grief about it, so I responded, "Hey, be happy I am wearing pants." Several coworkers gave me an interesting look, to which I had to explain that it was a rare 90 degree day in the UP and everyone was in shorts.
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    Since coming to Central TX and a smaller city, I'm seeing a small change to my wardrobe. I got rid of several items before moving, and I went outlet mall shopping for a few things to supplement the new office dress.

    Old employer
    suits for P&Z/Council meetings
    dress code that includes pantyhose
    ban on flip flops (which was fine with me)
    business side of business casual during the week
    jeans allowed on Friday in certain locations only
    nothing strapless at all, and tank tops - even with a top/cover over them - were frowned upon

    New employer
    casual side of business casual during the week
    jeans on Friday
    no ties
    strapless allowed with a cover, and tank tops allowed
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    Dress pants and shirt+tie for the colder months
    Dress pants and polo or button down (no tie) for the warmer months (no tie because corporate HQ is in AZ and trust me you don't want to have to wear a tie in 100+ heat!)
    We can wear jeans on Fridays
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    My former place was much more casual than the new place, however I'm dressing pretty much the same with one exception.

    The old place allowed jeans on Fridays and if you had to do field work any other day. My rule was if I didn't have an appointment on Friday or was out in the field, I'd wear jeans. Here, no jeans allowed. Oh well...no biggie.

    I usually wear slacks and a dress shirt (buttondown) or upscale polo (business casual). I'll wear a tie and sportcoat for Council Meetings & other meetings with officials. It was funny when I heard a former coworker say "planit has a tie on, must be meeting night"
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    The most comfortable for me is...

    The most comfortable for me is 5-11 shirts and Blakhawk pants. I wear that everyday. I do not really deal with the public but I do travel a lot.

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