What would you think if a coworker or employee showed up to work in loose ripped jeans, scuzzy sneakers, the same shirt she wore yesterday, frizzy hair, dirty unpolished nails, and a band-aid hanging off her arm from a recent tetanus shot? Would you judge me? Should I buy new clothes? Probably?
Writing on MSNBC, Eve Tahmincioglu really kind of sums it up: "Too sexy. Too frumpy. Too conservative. Women can't get a break when it comes to what they choose to wear to work." Which is, it turns out, a problem.
Debrahlee Lorenzana says she was fired from Citibank because her beauty was "too distracting" for her male colleagues. Her story is a disturbing example of discrimination in a male-dominated workplace — but also of girl-on-girl crime.
After our last work-centric installment of Dress Code, we received some good questions on dressing for trade jobs and sportswriting gigs, what's worth spending money on, how many pairs of pants a woman needs — all issues to be addressed!
Work. Chances are, you will find yourself employed at some point in your life, but dressing appropriately for your workplace can be a tricky endeavor. As a part of our ongoing Dress Code series, we're helping you navigate these waters.