Bored with What Not To Wear this weekend, my best friend from home swiveled on the couch and asked "How funny to be one of the girls on this show." Yeah, except if you weigh an ounce over 100 lbs, Nick Arojo thinks you need some sort of hair bob, which makes you look like the fat girl wearing nice lip gloss. But anyway. "I'd love to dress cooler," moaned my friend, "But anytime I wear my Marc Jacobs wedges to work, my boss just smiles and says, 'Interesting choice of footwear.' And you'll never get a promotion if you don't dress for your boss." This girl works in public television. Meanwhile, I'm reminded of two conversations: 1. Last week with a very successful good friend, who insists she hires her interns and assistants specifically to look cooler and hotter than she has the energy to look. "I want to be the girl in charge, surrounded by all the hot chicks," she admitted. "It sends a very powerful impression to the other people in the company, especially our new clients." 2. Several years ago, my boss called me into her office about a fellow colleague. "Can you please start telling her to choose better clothes?" asked the boss. "She can't represent us if she looks so clueless and tacky." I had no idea what to say, so I just smiled, nodded, and bolted back to my desk. I'm sure you've all had similar office experiences, so we should probably discuss them / explore them, to figure out when and if they're ever appropriate, and how exactly to deal when your boss encourages you to sift through your colleagues' closets. And also: Are you dressing for your boss in the morning? (Usually I'm dressing for you guys, so I guess my answer is "yes" and "no"...)
Bored with What Not To Wear this weekend, my best friend from home swiveled on the couch and asked "How funny to be one of the girls on this show."