What NOT To Wear At Work This Summer
There are tech startups that allow employees to come to the office in pajamas and do their work while sitting in massage chairs and drinking from a complimentary keg. But these companies generally are founded by young people. Most other employers -- including virtually most of the Fortune 500 -- are fighting this attitude, especially when it comes to work wear.
As soon as Generation Y began to enter the workplace, the old guard gritted its teeth. A senior partner at one law firm wasn't quite sure how to reply, when a summer hire texted: "Are bras required as part of the dress code?"
And this isn't just happening in the states. Prestigious companies in Australia recently came under fire for holding what-to-wear workshops for their young, female employees. Many of these youthful high-achievers didn't enjoy being told to wear skirts instead of pants, and how best to apply eye shadow. "I think it's a little degrading and women usually know what to do," said one young lawyer.
The issue has even reached more traditionally inclined lands like India. A government agency in one of the country's northern states sent around a circular with the subject, "To wear decent clothes in the office," which went on to list jeans, T-shirts, and Western-style dresses as offending garments.
These tensions will only rise as this part of the planet heats up over the coming months, and sleeves and hemlines shorten. So as you pick out your summer office wardrobe, here are seven clothing styles to probably avoid. If you're reading this while at work, however, and you're sitting in a massage chair drinking from a complimentary keg, you can probably ignore this advice.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin. Follow Claire on Twitter. Email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Add Claire to your Google+ circles.more...