Today, at the office, one of the girls came in wearing an extremely cute and well co-ordinated outfit…which happened to include a T-shirt and trucker cap. By noon, all three of us girls in my department had been hauled into the hallway and informed that we needed to dress more professionally. This came as a shock to us, since we’re the interactive department of an ad agency. Internet and advertising are not areas of the workforce expected to dress in business attire on a daily basis.
I grouched about this to a friend later in the afternoon, and she told me that there had been an LA Times article on this very subject. The West Coast casual dress standards have devolved into being too casual.
So I’m curious. Is this a trend in Los Angeles? How many workplaces do accept jeans and T-shirts – even designer ones – as everyday wear? How many employers are tolerant of the ubiquitous L.A. flipflops? (Flip flops, especially, seem to be a hallmark of Los Angeles casual office fashion) And with the heat as bad as it has been this summer, how many companies have had trouble with weather related dress code violations? Is the Times exaggerating, or is casual really going too far, even for the West Coast?