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(Slate)   We all got used to working in casual clothes during the pandemic. Will we really go back to wearing pants when we go back to the office?   (slate.com) divider line
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295 clicks; posted to Business » on 14 Jun 2021 at 3:05 PM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-06-14 3:16:21 PM  
Lets compromise:  Pants-Optional Friday?
 
2021-06-14 3:19:00 PM  
Some companies are bound to double-down on the dresscode to make up for lost time:

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2021-06-14 3:20:00 PM  
I was already in a jeans-and-t-shirt sort of environment so I expect that to continue.
 
2021-06-14 3:22:57 PM  
Office memo: Casual Fridays are back!
Me:
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2021-06-14 3:23:24 PM  
When I started working, the old guys in the office wore khakis and button down shirts.  It was considered casual to wear jeans and a polo.  Now, the young men in my office wear T-shirts and shorts and the women wear yoga pants and cropped T-shirts with their belly exposed.  I predict in the future that everyone will wear grocery bags to work.

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2021-06-14 3:25:08 PM  
I'm currently posting this from my desk in the HQ office, while wearing sweats and a t-shirt, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2021-06-14 3:35:04 PM  

Rapmaster2000: women wear yoga pants and cropped T-shirts with their belly exposed.


Well now,  that would certainly make the commute into the office worth it.
 
2021-06-14 3:37:23 PM  
Started my new job back in September, been showing up in jeans and a collared shirt. I sit between the CEO and CFO - should I not be doing that?
 
2021-06-14 3:39:30 PM  
Sure, subby. I'm ready to return to work, dressed properly.

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2021-06-14 3:41:07 PM  

freakdiablo: Started my new job back in September, been showing up in jeans and a collared shirt. I sit between the CEO and CFO - should I not be doing that?


I think that the fact that you are wearing clothes is the truly important part. :-)
 
2021-06-14 3:48:33 PM  
So... trikinis for all?
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2021-06-14 3:51:09 PM  
I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts. The guy who washes your kids puke out the back of your rental car dresses spiffier than that.
 
2021-06-14 3:52:52 PM  

skinink: Sure, subby. I'm ready to return to work, dressed properly.

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"No one cared who I was until I put on the mask."
 
2021-06-14 3:57:31 PM  

IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts.


I have a nominal office job, but I've been working from home for about 10 years now. I used to wear button downs and slacks every day, just out of a sense of discipline. I still have that stuff in my closet, but my co-workers haven't seen me in person in about three years. Given that, it's really easy to justify a switch to T-shirts and jeans if not pantslessness.

Pants suck and we all know it.
 
2021-06-14 4:16:18 PM  
One of my bosses, retired from IBM many years ago, got bored and started a little side hustle that grew.  For years he wore khakis and a button down oxford every time I saw him.  Then, a little later, the oxfords disappeared and light blue or white polo shirts were part of his uniform.  During the pandemic, we staggered schedules and rarely saw each other, but now he's wearing jeans and still mostly polo shirts, but the occasional t-shirt has snuck in.  I've even seen something that I'm pretty sure qualifies as Hawaiian flowery shirt.  Not bad for 85, able to see new ideas as worthwhile.

My big change has been no more long pants, Bermuda length shorts and sandals until freezing rain dictates a change.  Then, it'll be sweats with sneakers.  I'm done with business casual dressing.
 
2021-06-14 4:31:19 PM  
I've been shorts and Hawaiian shirts since the 80s.  Back in the 80s it was a real deal, hardly a week went by when I wasn't crawling under desks or in attics running cable of some sort.  By the time the 90s rolled around that kinda crap fell to the dedicated IT folks, but those of us that lived the 80s were like "Yeah, how about no".

CSB.  1990 or so, went to work for Scientific Atlanta in Poway, making the towed array sonar for the Seawolf submarine.  Prez was ex-IBM from the east coast.  First, the building had horrible ingress/outgress routes.  We had a great view from our windows, but in case of emergency we had to traverse 80% of the building.  It was not a straight shot, it was an effin maze.  One guy said "if there's a fire my chair is going through those windows.  The prez said "if you could have made it to the exit without breaking the window you're fired".

We kinda put this guy on our shiat list after that.

Anywhoo, the reason for this post.  He sent out a Halloween memo saying, short and sweet, "Anyone showing up to work in costume will be fired on the spot".

This guy was not well liked.
 
2021-06-14 5:40:17 PM  

Snotnose: I've been shorts and Hawaiian shirts since the 80s.  Back in the 80s it was a real deal, hardly a week went by when I wasn't crawling under desks or in attics running cable of some sort.  By the time the 90s rolled around that kinda crap fell to the dedicated IT folks, but those of us that lived the 80s were like "Yeah, how about no".

CSB.  1990 or so, went to work for Scientific Atlanta in Poway, making the towed array sonar for the Seawolf submarine.  Prez was ex-IBM from the east coast.  First, the building had horrible ingress/outgress routes.  We had a great view from our windows, but in case of emergency we had to traverse 80% of the building.  It was not a straight shot, it was an effin maze.  One guy said "if there's a fire my chair is going through those windows.  The prez said "if you could have made it to the exit without breaking the window you're fired".

We kinda put this guy on our shiat list after that.

Anywhoo, the reason for this post.  He sent out a Halloween memo saying, short and sweet, "Anyone showing up to work in costume will be fired on the spot".

This guy was not well liked.


For my costume, I would have come as him.
 
2021-06-14 5:49:45 PM  

likefunbutnot: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts.

I have a nominal office job, but I've been working from home for about 10 years now. I used to wear button downs and slacks every day, just out of a sense of discipline. I still have that stuff in my closet, but my co-workers haven't seen me in person in about three years. Given that, it's really easy to justify a switch to T-shirts and jeans if not pantslessness.

Pants suck and we all know it.


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2021-06-14 6:07:38 PM  
One kinda interesting thing, I think, is how local newscasters have been dressing much more casually even as they return to their studios. Especially the weatherpeople, it seems.
 
2021-06-14 7:01:03 PM  

likefunbutnot: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts.

I have a nominal office job, but I've been working from home for about 10 years now. I used to wear button downs and slacks every day, just out of a sense of discipline. I still have that stuff in my closet, but my co-workers haven't seen me in person in about three years. Given that, it's really easy to justify a switch to T-shirts and jeans if not pantslessness.

Pants suck and we all know it.


I'm a cigarette smoker and live in a building so I wear tend to pants/take a shower/shave/put on cologne fairly early even if I'm just applying to jobs and playing computer games indoors all farking day.
 
2021-06-14 7:05:20 PM  

IHadMeAVision: likefunbutnot: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts.

I have a nominal office job, but I've been working from home for about 10 years now. I used to wear button downs and slacks every day, just out of a sense of discipline. I still have that stuff in my closet, but my co-workers haven't seen me in person in about three years. Given that, it's really easy to justify a switch to T-shirts and jeans if not pantslessness.

Pants suck and we all know it.

I'm a cigarette smoker and live in a building so I wear tend to pants/take a shower/shave/put on cologne fairly early even if I'm just applying to jobs and playing computer games indoors all farking day.


pants indoors?
 
2021-06-14 7:38:21 PM  

leeksfromchichis: IHadMeAVision: likefunbutnot: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts.

I have a nominal office job, but I've been working from home for about 10 years now. I used to wear button downs and slacks every day, just out of a sense of discipline. I still have that stuff in my closet, but my co-workers haven't seen me in person in about three years. Given that, it's really easy to justify a switch to T-shirts and jeans if not pantslessness.

Pants suck and we all know it.

I'm a cigarette smoker and live in a building so I wear tend to pants/take a shower/shave/put on cologne fairly early even if I'm just applying to jobs and playing computer games indoors all farking day.

pants indoors?


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2021-06-14 9:29:09 PM  
Why should we have to? Do office workers work better in specific classes thing?
 
2021-06-14 9:29:24 PM  
*specific clothing--hit enter too soon.
 
2021-06-14 9:30:23 PM  

IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts. The guy who washes your kids puke out the back of your rental car dresses spiffier than that.


Nice classism you got there.
 
2021-06-15 1:31:44 AM  
Most days: t-shirt and shorts in summer, t-shirt and cargo pants in winter.
Giving tours for in-house big-wigs or anybody up to a colonel: logo polo shirt and cargo pants.
Giving tours for generals: logo button-down shirt and nicer pants.

It's a little more formal than my last workplace...
 
2021-06-15 4:50:16 AM  

austerity101: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts. The guy who washes your kids puke out the back of your rental car dresses spiffier than that.

Nice classism you got there.


Honestly I'm classist in the opposite direction that you suspect. Some of my most recent posts on this very site are why I preferred delivering pizza in Jamaica, Queens (poor and mostly black) instead of Great Neck, Long Island (rich and mostly white) and how my distrust of upper-middle-class and richer people plays into that, being from a blue-collar background. Discussion tab, ctrl-f "trust fund."
 
2021-06-15 5:07:14 AM  

IHadMeAVision: austerity101: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts. The guy who washes your kids puke out the back of your rental car dresses spiffier than that.

Nice classism you got there.

Honestly I'm classist in the opposite direction that you suspect. Some of my most recent posts on this very site are why I preferred delivering pizza in Jamaica, Queens (poor and mostly black) instead of Great Neck, Long Island (rich and mostly white) and how my distrust of upper-middle-class and richer people plays into that, being from a blue-collar background. Discussion tab, ctrl-f "trust fund."


I feel like I should add the main difference between black neighborhoods and white neighborhoods was that in black neighborhoods way more people were dressed to the 9's on Sundays.
 
2021-06-15 11:52:55 AM  

IHadMeAVision: austerity101: IHadMeAVision: I can't imagine not wearing a collar to an office job as a dude so I feel I'd feel uncomfortable in an office that pressured the guys to wear t-shirts. The guy who washes your kids puke out the back of your rental car dresses spiffier than that.

Nice classism you got there.

Honestly I'm classist in the opposite direction that you suspect. Some of my most recent posts on this very site are why I preferred delivering pizza in Jamaica, Queens (poor and mostly black) instead of Great Neck, Long Island (rich and mostly white) and how my distrust of upper-middle-class and richer people plays into that, being from a blue-collar background. Discussion tab, ctrl-f "trust fund."


Well that proves it! You simply can't ever be classist.
 
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