Casual Fridays (alternate title: Bad Idea Jeans)

27 Mar

jeansSo much to say about this topic, so little time left on the 12:30 conference call. (Unlike Claire, I know how to multi-task).

Here’s the theory: I’ve noticed four basic groups of casual Friday goers and anything that can be broken into categories intrigues me.

1. The Non-partakers, aka me. These people don’t look all that different on Fridays. They might wear less makeup or reek of tequila/late-night Souvlaki, but their clothes are generally the same all week. Not to be confused with…

2. The Semi-Formals. For this group, it might as well be a Monday. But unlike #1, these people actually TRY. Populated by older executives, their idea of “dressing down” is my idea of dressing for a job interview. They wear suits all week, but on Fridays, they break out their dark chinos, and hide their collars and ties with a nice sweater. Because Fridays are fun, people!! Now get to work.

3. The Metros. These guys crack me up. You see them around all week and they look pretty normal in their business casual. Bill from Sports. Tony at the news desk. Then Friday rolls around and you think a Euro tour group took over the broadcast studio but no, that’s Bill and Tony and their friends. They are just in designer jeans, pointy shoes and screen-printed button-ups. Fridays are their favorite because they can go straight from work to da club.

4. The Yuckies. To these people, dressing “casually” means dressing like a farmer or a pirate-hooker. They should NOT be allowed to work on Fridays; it makes me squirm. This is probably not the best idea, however, as they unfortunately make up roughly 90% of the workforce so let’s at least give them some ground rules:

  • No you may not wear Uggs if they are tight on your legs and don’t pull up all the way.
  • Please, PLEASE put on more layers. There’s a reason everyone is talking about Michelle Obama’s arms and not yours.
  • No fishnets. Come on, people!
  • I feel like if it’s your most favorite nightshirt, I shouldn’t be staring at it.
  • Leather is just never a good idea. Especially when it’s red.
  • Skinny jeans are for skinny people. That’s not snark; it’s just a fact.

2 Responses to “Casual Fridays (alternate title: Bad Idea Jeans)”

  1. menelaos March 29, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Peri says he is not happy that you are using his terminology without asking first. I think he’s just upset because you call him “little one.”

  2. claire April 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    I would say the best semi-formal of all time would be Bill Lumbergh.

    “Oh, and remember: next Friday… is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans”

Go ahead, say it.

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