Dress Codes – Yay or Nay?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What do you think about dress codes? Do they make sense in school, restaurants, or places of business? Why or why not?


I can see it now. I’ll be called an old crank for my views on this prompt.

It depends on what the dress code is. I do believe we have lost our sense of what is appropriate to wear in public. I think too much of everything and anything goes.

I personally despise flip-flops. Wear them at the beach or at home but not in public – not to work – not out to eat and definitely not to school unless you wear them in the gym showers.

These kids who wear their pants with the crotch sagging to the knees irritate the hell out of me. I wonder if they have ANY clue what it means. The parents who allow their kids to dress like this should be kicked in the seat of the pants.  Girls – young girls wear way too revealing clothing at way too young an age. Again, where are the parents?

Going out to eat or to the store I sometimes see people wearing their pajamas. Seriously? Seriously? Have people no shame?

Sometimes I think a dress code would be a good thing for certain circumstances. But honestly, where is common sense?

In places of business, I can see casual Fridays – within reason. In the same token, I would not care to be told I have to wear a dress. I don’t like dresses. I never have. But I still believe in dressing appropriately and looking professional.  People need to take pride in themselves.




0 thoughts on “Dress Codes – Yay or Nay?

  1. I’m with you on this in every way. Although where I work is pretty laid back with the dress code and I have been known to wear jeans to work more than once a week, I always keep it classy. I think it’s a shame that people don’t actually care what’s on show when they leave the house in the morning. Some of the outfits I encounter on a regular day out are enough to make me cringe!

  2. Yes but jeans can look nice with the right top. You know? You can still look sort of dressy in jeans. I have no issue with that at all. 🙂 And I have NO doubt at all that you always keep it classy!

  3. I was once stuck behind a boy in an airport security line (we all know how fast those go…) who was predictably wearing his pants practically down around his knees. I could see his entire ass, in white underwear… with a dark stain.

    One of the grossest experiences of my life.

    On another note, I had a dress code in intermediate school. I don’t think it was a bad thing, but I do think I had significantly lower self-esteem then because of my looks. (I mean, aside from the normal 12-14 year old ups and downs). I felt drab, small, and ugly in my uniform–but the “popular girls” and such still found ways to work around the dress code and be ‘sexy’. But, you did get sent home to change if your skirt was too short etc, so, like I said, I don’t think it was a bad thing.

  4. I just responded to this prompt myself … then thought I’d read some other posts. You really don’t like flip flops? I not only adore them (I do live at the Jersey Shore), you can buy some pretty fancy flip flops these days, altho my favorites are still an old pair I got at Target for $1.99.

    Americans are slobs, you can spot us in any international airport (we’re the ones in sweats and t-shirts amid a sea of suits and dresses). I don’t, however, think casual is a bad thing. I wear jeans every day and work just as hard (or harder) than I would if I dressed up.

    Thanks for a good post from the other side of discussion!

  5. LOL. Thanks for the comment! My reasoning for not liking flip flops and I know there are nice ones, is that the ones I see look like they were worn in a war zone and the feet of the person wearing them look like they have razors for toe nails and their feet are crusted with dirt. It’s just gross. And they go to work like this.

    I cannot wear flip flops – never have been able to as anything between the toes drives me insane. Hurts like heck.

    I think some people can pull it off, I’m just not a fan of them.

    I have no issue with casual wear, I’m a jeans and t-shirt sort of girl. 😀

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