"Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it" - Emmeline Pankhurst

If you’re anything like me, the words 'khakis' or 'chinos' conjure up images of corporate America’s concept of office appropriate casual wear. A world where, regardless of sex, employees are supposed to greet the news that they are allowed to celebrate the end of the work week by wearing khakis and polo shirts with the level of enthusiasm usually reserved for revivalist meetings and Barneys Warehouse sales.

Which makes the tagline for Banana Republic’s latest ad campaign, “Live in Chino. 7 days a week.” seem like a thinly veiled threat.

Clicking through to the accompanying website is even more demoralizing; articles proffering advice like "Any time you want to add authority, put on the jacket," rub (presumably carefully laundered) shoulders with suggestions to try a ‘jaunty sock’.

Hopefully...one day...the people behind HR dress codes will realize that very few women want to dress like a middle-aged man at the golf course...


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  • The Tote Trove said...
    4:40 PM
    I've always hated khakis and polos! I don't even own any. I loved your sarcastic comment about how we're supposed to get excited about getting to wear this stuff on Fridays. Then again, I feel no such pressure, as I wore leopard jeans, a seqin top, and a hot pink puffy coat to the office today :)
  • 1:33 PM
    From our economy people are just wearing the basic stuff and cheap wholesale clothing or wholesale clothes. If you look around people wants something comfortable not looking for the style. Am I right or Am I right?

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