What to wear to work
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As You Like It
Proponent of Plaid
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Kansas City, MO
It really depends on your office culture. Does the employee handbook have a dress-code section? Are jeans mentioned in the dress code? Do any other employees wear jeans? If they don't, you probably shouldn't, no matter how good the outfit is. There may be an unwritten rule about not wearing jeans.
I wear them at my work, but so do many other people in my office, and the dress-code does not forbid it. I just make sure to wear ones that are in good condition, and not too low cut so that nobody sees my underpants when I move around. In a previous job, however, denim was verboten. You could not even have denim trim on your shirt!
I hate to be a downer, but I have been on the wrong end of dress code violations when I was younger, and your officemates can and will judge you if you do not dress accordingly to what is considered proper in your office's culture. I can tell you, also, that now that I'm an assistant manager, I personally couldn't give a rip about what my crew wears, but I do hate having to deal with it when people from other parts of the department come and whine to me because one of my crew is wearing jeans that are too low, or another person is walking around barefoot or that one girl is wearing too much stinky perfume again.
I'd be careful about deviating from the norm too much at work. I found that it tested my creativity to dress comfortably in clothes that I liked, without offending my co-workers or freaking out the customers. There are places to show off in and places to blend in, and part of gaining professional experience is learning when to flaunt and when to toe the line.
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