One of the great things about working for my boss is his lack attitude on defining a "proper" dress code in the workplace. If I was a full-fledged follower of any subcultural fashion I would probably take full advantage of this. But I also do part-time work with the law firm with whom we share offices and, even though they don't require me to dress any particular way either, I try to respect the fact that they have clients who may be more judgmental about clothing.
I try to dress rather casual All-American office girl for the most part, throwing in some unusual pieces whenever it fits. I've worn steampunk-inspired jewelry and my masculine pocketwatch to the office, knee-high boots with fishnets to go with a striped black and white top and a long pleaded skirt, and neo-Victorian blouses and skirts. If I plan on wearing something considered to be provocative (as fishnets usually are) then I pair it up with something very conservative to balance it out for the office.
I wish I had a photo to show to explain what I meant, but I haven't been taking photos of myself after I've put these outfits together. I will have to start doing so, maybe so you all can tell me whether an outfit is work-appropriate or not.
Before last week no one ever commented negatively about my "odder" clothing choices to my face. In fact, I usually received compliments on my outfits.
The reason for my donning a corset today was due to this realization: judging someone based on their clothing is not really about the person who is being judged, but is more of a statement about the person doing the judging.
|Me and my "skimpy clothing"|
The incident got me thinking, however, about prejudice towards people who dress differently. I have to wonder if it's really because these people are so insecure about themselves that they have to justify their own selves by attacking others who appear to have the traits that they themselves so sorely lack.
Unless my boss has an issue with my clothing I will not change the way I dress in the office.
To reiterate this statement to the one "hater" in the office I wore a red brocade corset to work. Paired up with skinny jeans, knee-high boots, and covered by a boyfriend jacket, I did not break my workplace rule of pairing up "provocative" clothing with more conservative. And yet, despite the constraints of the steel-boning and tightly laced strings, I felt so free inside and out.
|Vive le corset!!!!|