By k | January 12, 2008 - 6:00 am - Posted in Corporate Games

When I started my career, 
older partners at the accounting firm
insisted that women wear skirts,
instead of pants suits. 
It was seen as more formal, respectful. 

Then I joined a manufacturing company. 
First day on the job,
a female manager complimented me on my skirt. 
Before I could say thank you,
she added “never wear it again.” 

Wearing a skirt or high heels meant
if there was inventory to be counted,
or a labor dispute with the line workers,
or a capital calculation requiring first hand observation, 
someone else would be chosen. 
I couldn’t do my job while wearing a skirt.  

Never let your sense of fashion
hurt your career.

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  1. January 12, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

    Déjà vu.

    I think you may have posted this one already, K, some time back.

    Posted by Dan T
  2. January 12, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

    I thought I had also, Dan
    but it turned out that I had a similar discussion on heels vs sensible shoes.

    These must be groaner posts for you and my other male readers
    but we gals often discuss the pros and cons of skirts, pants, heels vs flats
    because… well… it matters.

    Posted by K
  3. January 13, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    Not at all. If you hadn’t pointed it out, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.

    Posted by Dan T

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