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Old 06-11-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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A friend and I were talking about this the other day. There seems to be a subset of women out there that think dressing up for work = dressing up for going to a nightclub in Las Vegas.

This means, their "dress up clothing" consistent of super high (and shiny) stripy sandals, short and tight dresses perhaps with strategic cutouts.

I have to wonder, when did dressing up for work transition from a pencil skirt and a blouse to a bandage dress?

Pencil Skirt:
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thin...=l&tid=7176196

Bandage Dress:
http://img.shecloth.com/images/shecl...5562091245.jpg
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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What fields do these women work in? Admittedly, it's been almost 10 years since I've worked a full time job. However, when I worked in higher ed admin offices, it was unheard of to not be dressed professionally. My husband is in upper management at an IT company and often tells me about women who are reprimanded for not being dressed appropriately for work.

So I'm wondering where these women work who dress like you described.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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What fields do these women work in? Admittedly, it's been almost 10 years since I've worked a full time job. However, when I worked in higher ed admin offices, it was unheard of to not be dressed professionally. My husband is in upper management at an IT company and often tells me about women who are reprimanded for not being dressed appropriately for work.

So I'm wondering where these women work who dress like you described.
All kinds of places. One of my coworkers (an engineer) falls into this category, although not always super extreme. My co-worker recalled a couple of office jobs over the years in various industries where it happened. I think the only common theme is a dress code erring on the casual side.

I usually dress in legit business casual, although today I am veering more on the casual side of things with a skirt 2-3 inches above the knee and a fitted tee. My own office is casual. The CEO usually wears jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie most of the time. One woman dresses in 50s style, another in casual wear (leggings or jeans with a long sweater or cardigan), my boss typically in legit business casual. And the aforementioned engineer vacillates from jeans/nice top to the more nighttime outfit. Generally speaking, most of her clothes don't hit the business casual mark.

But I have found it to be pretty common, particularly for women under roughly 35.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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I see women (and men) wearing jeans and cheap tshirts with sayings like "I hate my job but i need the money" or some such at places ive worked. Of course, theres a huge difference between sitting in a cubicle in HR and being out on the factory floor running huge machines that can kill or maim you.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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Hmmm...interesting.

I think that in most places people are dressing up less, especially outside of the workplace. I mentioned in another discussion that it's rare to see people even dress up for church anymore. I didn't realize the trend had carried over into professional environments as wel.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:17 PM
 
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What's wrong with the pencil skirt?

Only the second picture looks inappropriate.

I would think you have to cover your thighs, shoulders and toes in a professional work field.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:21 PM
 
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Bandage dress at work?!

In the field that I worked in, if any woman came in wearing something sexy and inappropriate, your supervisor would tell you to either go home, or go out and buy something else to wear. If you made a big stink about it, your days would numbered. Three offenses and you would be fired.

This was considered dressing for work:

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Old 06-11-2014, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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What's wrong with the pencil skirt?

Only the second picture looks inappropriate.

I would think you have to cover your thighs, shoulders and toes in a professional work field.
Pencil skirt is fine. I mentioned the meaning of dressing up seemed to move from the pencil skirt to the bandage dress for some people. I thought some people might not quite understand what I meant by pencil skirt.
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:53 AM
 
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I love pencil skirt on a woman but yeah too tight is really weird. I think Bandage Dress is very improper for work. Formal dress looks good on women.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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So glad I'm going to be a nurse and wearing scrubs every day. I don't even want to have to think about what I'm going to wear for work every day if I don't have to.
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