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Dress Code

At a staff meeting a few weeks ago, the new director (who started 2.5 months ago), downgraded our dress code.

It used to be "business casual," which other than not wearing jeans, is pretty casual.

The director now says we are NOT to dress up. We need to dress "smart casual," like we are going for lunch with a girlfriend, so we are more approachable and basically don't look like "authority." Jeans are good. Wear jeans to work. We should also wear closed toe shoes incase you drop something on your foot.


That's me with my hair raised and my mouth hanging open.

One of my own personal perks of working is that I have an excuse to buy cute, fashionable clothing. I have no reason to wear them otherwise. I bought two pairs of strappy sandals this spring just to wear to work. I bought skirts and dresses and tops (mostly from thrift stores, but still!) ....

I'm still coming to terms with this. I'm sure I won't get called out for wearing sandals, dresses, skirts, non-jean pants, but heck! This kind of sucks. :P I like playing dress up.

Oh well, it does give me more clothing freedom at work. I'll wear jeans once in a while, but I refuse to wear anything but sandals on hot days!!

posted on Sept 12, 2011 9:37 PM ()


I'm opposite u, I adore my jeans!
comment by kristilyn3 on Sept 19, 2011 5:50 AM ()
I think that your director has too much time on her hands.I've never really heard of any workplace asking employees to dress *more* casual. That sometimes give carte blanche to lazy people who will dress like slobs...
comment by juliansmom on Sept 13, 2011 9:57 AM ()
The assistant director is one of those lazy people who dresses like a slob!
Yeah, I was sort of in shock when she was talking about it. You want us to dress up LESS?!?!?!? I've been mulling that over ever since.
reply by crazylife on Sept 13, 2011 9:42 PM ()
My dress code is "comfort first".
comment by nittineedles on Sept 12, 2011 11:19 PM ()
I go comfortable and fashionable. Like no pantyhose or heels ever! But I'll wear cute tights and tall boots.
reply by crazylife on Sept 13, 2011 9:45 PM ()
Just be careful not to drop anything on your foot and prove her right. Does she mean sneakers with the jeans? If the library employees dress like the patrons, how are the patrons going to know who works there?
comment by troutbend on Sept 12, 2011 10:37 PM ()
I've never dropped anything on my feet while at work. Always a first, I hope not though! I think that any footwear that would give some protection would work. We have "Staff" name tags so people know who we are. And since it's a small town, all the regulars know us anyway.
reply by crazylife on Sept 13, 2011 10:03 PM ()

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