Social Insecurities: The Dress Code

SARAH BREEN on the daily anxieties of modern life …

Jacky Sheridan

1

Understanding the purpose of a dress code but not why certain
iterations need to be so ambiguous.

2

Receiving an invitation to a post-work Smart Casual event and getting a
migraine trying to decipher whether that’s smarter than the regular
office dress code: Business Casual.

3

Concluding that tailoring and heels is always a safe bet and it’s best to ignore casual in any dress code, unless it’s Casual Friday.

4

Wondering why Casual Friday was ever introduced. It needlessly complicates things and throws off a killer capsule wardrobe.

5

Sparing a thought for Meghan and Kate – at least your underwear drawer is mercifully free of nude tights.

6

Surmising that if you were in charge, dress codes would be specific, eg Shift Dress and Courts, A Structured Pencil Skirt, Those Failsafe Pants. So much simpler.

7

Thinking about all the years you railed against the school uniform only to basically end up in one of your own volition. The nuns were right.

8

Hearing about Whimsical, Beach Chic and Festival Formal wedding dress codes and feeling sorry for all the cocktail dresses and evening gowns that have
been forced into retirement.

9

Imagining a world completely free of dress codes, where everyone wears what they please regardless of where they’re going or what they’re doing. Or is that already what it’s like working in a start-up?

10

Concluding that Uncle Karl has the right idea – a killer suit can take you anywhere. Even better if it’s Chanel.

The Importance of Being Aisling by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght is out now.

Sarah Breen

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