Thursday, January 25, 2007

Next, wrap a subtle, tasteful belt around neck as tightly as possible, tie to something sturdy attached to ceiling, and leap

I was deleting old e-mail and found this from a friend who, when she sent it, worked for a company where I had once been employed.

The company, a science publisher, was instituting a casual Friday policy and sent this around as a guide to every employee:

1. Aim for a classic and understated look. Subtle quality accessories (belts, jewelry, and scarves) coordinated with an outfit can show that you pay attention to important details.

2. Try wearing a button-down shirt with kahakis and loafers and a colorful tie. Ask yourself, "Am I successfully representing myself and my company?"

3. Casual business wear lasts longer and looks better with some special care.

4. Keep clothing colors muted and coordinated to help create a professional appearance.

5. Men's pants should break just above the shoe, sleeves should reach the base of your hand and show just a bit of the cuff if you are wearing a jacket, and shirt collars should button comfortably without pinching or leaving gaps.

6 comments:

fermicat said...

What were they thinking?!? It ain't 'casual' if you have to wear a tie...

Mark said...

The womans' half of those guidelines can always be summed up in five words: Don't dress like a whore. The men's half: Let your wife pick what you'll wear (unless she's a whore).

Gina said...

I agree completely with Mark. You would think that by adulthood people would grasp the concept of business + casual still equals business. However, it's not a stretch to see that most people have no idea of appropriate dress.

Bix said...

Oh man. Oh, man...

punkinsmom said...

We're "casual" dress here at work. Our rules are: no denim. no flipflops. no undergarments showing. no middriffs showing. Anything else is ostensibly okay. I frequently wear pajamas.

Will said...

6. Cultivate a personality that is muted and understated to prevent any notion of creativity and individuality.