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Black Jeans
"You look nice today," he told me yesterday. "Got an interview?" This is the standard joke in our office (and probably most offices) when somebody looks a little more dressed up than usual. I laughed. That is the standard response.

Then I turned around and shared secretively with him, "No, actually, I'm hiding the fact that I'm wearing jeans. If I look extra-nice on top, I figure nobody will notice if I break the dress code underneath." I moved my classy silk jacket to the side, showing more of my pants, and it was obvious that they were black denim.

"But jeans day isn't until friday," he reminded me in confusion.

"Yes, but I won't be here on friday."

"Oh wait, if we're not in on friday that means we can wear jeans on another day?"

Some people just don't get the idea of breaking rules.

"No," I explained patiently. "Only I can."

***

The only problem with wearing my black jeans yesterday is that I don't feel I can get away with wearing them again today. Normally on weeks when I have friday off, I sneakily wear black jeans on thursday to make up for missing my casual day. I always dress extra nice on top to hide the violation though.

But yesterday I felt sick, I felt fat, and I just couldn't bear the idea of dressing businesslike. Even though all we have to wear is "business casual". I originally built my outfit with my stretchy green track/yoga type pants, the comfiest pants I've ever gotten away with wearing to the office, but they looked totally out of place with the nice jacket and turtleneck.

So I wore the black jeans instead, and somehow it made me feel better. I'd considered wearing the green pants today, but talked myself into wearing khakis instead. Wow, look at me, following the rules and everything! Such a good little employee. Even if I was an hour late to work this morning.... At least I'm here, dressed, showered, and dayquilled. I'll even probably get some work done today!
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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: February 17th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do that occasionally too. I'll wear black jeans but have a nice top that happens to be long so it covers the "5-pocket styling" of jeans. No one can see the Levi tag or whatever. So far, no one in authority has either noticed or mentioned that it isn't following the dress code.
kivrin From: kivrin Date: February 17th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Oh wait, if we're not in on friday that means we can wear jeans on another day?"

ARGH!!

That sort of thing makes me feel so crazy, because I always feel like I'm the big freak when the other person doesn't get it.

Some people. *huff*

(I am not looking forward to having a job in which people care what I wear. Well, the shopping will be kind of fun. But not the pressure.)
geekjul From: geekjul Date: February 17th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jeans day is Friday here, too. I'm wearing jeans today, because... I'm going to be off tomorrow! No one cares though, so I don't have to hide it. We aren't open to the public, so they only care about the dress code if we have fancy people coming through, and there aren't any of those today.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 17th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're really liberal, I could wear shorts and a tank top to the office and it would be ok. So, of course, I wear a pair of black Dockers and a polo shirt and a pair of running shoes. I just that I could do it if I wanted too. Occasionally, they realize were here for our brains not our looks
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: February 18th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Plant Life

> Some people just don't get the idea of breaking rules.

This is exactly the kind of thing you have to expect when you have a conversation with a potted plant.
jagdoe From: jagdoe Date: February 18th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I wear jeans everyday. I can't remember the last time I came to work not wearing jeans. I wear black leather shoes, a black leather belt, and sweaters over long sleeve shirts, but that's my idea of business casual. Everything looks nice except the jeans. My workplace has no dress code. As my brother says, as long as you don't smell and you don't bite, you're okay. Frankly, I don't think I've been expected to wear slacks every day to work since I worked at IBM. This IS California, however, where people wear shorts or jeans to a performace at the theater.
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: February 18th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
This post made me laugh (the top bit, not the bottom bit)- rebellion all the way! :)
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