Social Insecurities: The Dress Code

SARAH BREEN on the daily anxieties of modern life …

Jacky Sheridan


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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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