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14 September 2012 @ 08:46 pm
Still old-fashioned enough to think it's important.  
My first appointment of the day was a gentleman aged around 50 years who was dressed formally, in a suit, business shirt and tie; nothing unusual in that, as I work in the CBD and 99% of my customers are similarly dressed. But as we got talking, I discovered that he's currently on annual leave. I was really touched by him placing enough importance on our meeting to dress in business clothes. The days are long gone when people were in awe of their bank manager / lending manager so it's nice to see that some people still consider the position worthy of respect, and dress accordingly.
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Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on September 14th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)

I think people are losing that sense of appropriate clothing. I've been involved in a lot of interviews over the last few years and been startled by what people considered it all right to wear.

I'm a very casual dresser myself, my work place almost encourages it, but I still know when I need to put on a suit or the equivalent.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on September 15th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
At my last branch I was happy if people turned up wearing shoes! *g* Working in the city though I tend to deal mainly with other city workers who are always nicely dressed.

Would be nice to have a job where casual clothing was the go. I dream of being able to work from home, and slopping around in my pjs for most of the day. Bliss.
Merlin Pendragon: Bureaumrlnpndrgn on September 14th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
While all my professional years were spent in IT.
Where, as long as you did not have contact outside your department, casual (as in jeans) was ok, as long as it was clean :-)

Though some people of course abused the privilege, and the men were advised that Adidas running shorts were not appropriate, no matter that you came to work on your bike ;-/

Which is why the men could not wear shorts and bermudas, while bermudas were ok for the women (but not shorts!)

It's complicated, you know?
miwahni: pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on September 15th, 2012 08:52 am (UTC)
Casual would be good! But yes, different people do interpret dress standards differently.

I once had to attend a training course in another city, along with two other workmates. We were told that dress was Smart Casual; arriving at the airport in blouse and slacks I met up with one workmate in a suit, while the other was wearing bright yellow board shorts and a Holden Racing Team polo shirt. True.

I always thought that Bermudas were a type of shorts?
Merlin Pendragon: Head deskmrlnpndrgn on September 15th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
arriving at the airport in blouse and slacks I met up with one workmate in a suit, while the other was wearing bright yellow board shorts and a Holden Racing Team polo shirt.

Neither of which are... casual!
(or is it "is casual"?)


I always thought that Bermudas were a type of shorts?

I don't know how it is elsewhere, but here, bermudas are not shorts : a bermuda is usually slightly above the knee.

While shorts are... shorts? As in, much higher than mid-thighs, and not appropriate for an office. ;-/
Though skirts only slightly longer are ok.

It's a man's world :-(
miwahni: NMTB celebrities in socksmiwahni on September 16th, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
Ah, okay - here, shorts are at or above the knee; even some men's shorts can be slightly below the knee and still qualify as shorts.
Definitely not office wear, though, at any length.
Having said that, when I first entered the workforce in the mid-70s it was quite fashionable for men to wear knee-length shorts and long socks to work in the office *shudder*. Glad those days are gone.
Merlin Pendragon: mfu - ns-ik : remember whenmrlnpndrgn on September 16th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
it was quite fashionable for men to wear knee-length shorts and long socks to work in the office *shudder*


*shudder* right along with you!
I really don't like this habit men have to wear socks up to mid-shins.
When they wear long pants, at least, you can't see them, but with bermudas/shorts...
And worse of all if the socks are white !

:-(