Thursday, May 21, 2009

Grad office dress code

The dress code in my office (population: 10 grad students, with about 20 more who walk through to get to the kitchen and go to seminars) is casual: jeans and t-shirts are normal. There are a few people who dress up on days that they lecture to undergrads, or just wear collared t-shirts or polo shirts. Informal dress is standard.

Now that the weather is summery, some people have switched from a t-shirt and jeans to a t-shirt and shorts. That's fine. Today is particularly sunny and warm (84F, 29C) and so I am wearing a sun dress. It is modest (school-appropriate) and comfortable, made of cotton and tie-dyed. I think of it as a very casual garment, the sort of thing I'd wear over a bathing suit when going to the beach.

I have received several comments from my fellow grad students (all men) to the effect of "why are you all dressed up?" and "isn't that a bit formal for the office?" No. It's very casual. I wouldn't wear this to a formal event, or even a normal dress-code-abiding office, because I would look frumpy in a wrinkly tie-dye sun dress. I tried to explain this to one of them, but he just didn't get it.

I eagerly await the return of the (only) other female grad student (in this research group).

This post's theme word: peignoir, "negligee."


Andrea said...

it's 'cause you're showing yer gams.

Alicia said...

I have experience this phenomena before and what I have discovered is that to some men (in these times) a shirt/dress of any form is considered formal. If you had warn a nice pair of pants and a nice shirt you would probably get less comments.