Did you feel like you had been gut-punched as you made your way into the office this morning? Did someone ahead of you look so bad, as in letting too much hang out, that you knew it was going to be a very long day at the office? If so, welcome to August.
First, a fashion disclaimer: To be honest it has been a long time since anyone asked for the name of my tailor. Come to think of it, nobody has ever inquired if I get my suits in London or Rome. Whether I hop across the pond for regular fittings, or does my tailor just guess my aging dimensions. But this is not about me.
It is you, and your colleagues. And what people wear to work in the heat of the summer. Or more often than not, what they don’t wear to work which can be even more troubling.
Every so often we get a fashion alert ‐ actually more of a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” review — from an IRS employee in Covington, Kentucky. She notes that it is hot all over, and it is showing in lots of federal offices in lots of places. Her reminder:
“I believe you write a column each summer about the state of undress in many federal offices. I haven’t seen it this year. Did I miss it or have you given up, or been brow-beaten by disheveled feds?”
The answers are yes, not yet and no!
Yes, we normally write a mid-summer fashion column with the observations of feds who can’t believe what their colleagues are wearing. Or not wearing.
We haven’t done it yet because we are still sorting through tips from readers. Translation: Nobody has contacted us this year so, please, get on the ball. Finally, no, we haven’t been beaten into submission by spandex- covered Philistines who see nothing wrong with unisex short-shorts at work.
So let us know how things are where you work. Are people a sight for sore eyes, or are they part of the problem? Send fashion tips to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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