Why hello all.
So, in light of recent news events apparently you can't force women to wear high heels. I don't know what the lady was in fact wearing, but I would have said any smart shoe would have done to my mind.
But that aside, it got me thinking. Our office is 'smart work atire' which is then, in practice, men must wear a shirt, trousers, smart shoes and a tie. This has been the dress code at every office I have worked in and has been strictly enforced (woe betide anyone who takes their tie off! What do you mean it's 30 degrees, so what?!?). So every day I put on the same trousers grey trousers, the same black shoes and then express myself by choosing a shirt (nothing too garish! Has to be a subdued colour) and tie (as for shirt, nothing too garish).
I'm down with that, it's a professional environment, can't have people in their jeans and t-shirts, at least I'm allowed to take my jacket off!
Except... let's look at the dress code for the women. Less 'smart work atire', more 'wear what you would wear were you not coming to work. Full suit? Yeah why not! Mini skirt? Don't see a problem! Flats, heels, sandals, trainers? Yeah, that all counts as smart work atire, in fact you want to walk around barefoot? Who are we to judge!
I wish I was exagerating, or that I could say this is how a single employer has acted, but every place I have ever worked has had the same odd 'men must bake in their suits/women just wear what you like' code.
All I'm saying (in a slightly lighthearted way) is, if we are going to get outraged about women having to wear heels, lets re-examine a few other uncomfortable items of clothing while we're at it.
Right, think I'll take my tie off and time how long before I get tol-OMG THEY'RE ONTO ME THEY MUST BE MONITORING MY COMPUTER IT'S TOO LATE FOR ME PLEASE KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPES DON'T LET ME MESSAGE DI-
(also I know it is tempting, but please don't all use this as an opportunity to lord it over me with your 'well as I'm my own boss and the only person who sees me is my cat, I wear my PJs all day!'. AND I realise clients expect smartness and would be happy to smarten up to see them, so long as the whole office was bound by the same conditions).