Can I wear this to work?

I made these pretty ballerina slippers today and whished I could wear them to work. Then I was wondering: why can't I wear them to work? What's keeping us from wearing what we like. Why do we al conform to certain standards and who's setting those? If I could I would wear long dresses like Scarlet o'Hara wore in Gone with the wind.

What would you wear?

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15 replies since 13th September 2009 • Last reply 13th September 2009

Where do you work?

I'm worried that when I'm older, my dyed hair and piercings will get in the way of a job. Which terrifies me because I don't want to ever compromise who I am for some rubbish job.

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I work for a minicipality, absolutely not acceptable to wear whatever I like.

If your hair and piercings get in the way of a job really depends on what kind of job you're looking for. I'm sure there's jobs where it's not done to wear "normal" clothes. What would you like to do?

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is it a desk job? I would carry them to work or wear them to work and if someone told me that I couldn't wear them, well I wouldn't wear them again. I think they are sweet shoes

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They are adorable =) well I want to go into TV or journalism, which - depending on the company - is one place I just might be able to get away with it.

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Happy yes, I think you could

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Those shoes are gorgeous Marieke!

I was watching an animal rescue programme and one of the workers who went out to investigate reports was covered in tattoos, even on her neck. The attitudes have changed to stuff like that. But the reason they don't let you wear whatever you want is that businesses have to promote an image that is appropriate. I understand why, but it's so fake.

I can wear whatever I want to work because I'm my boss, but I have to wear scruffy clothes cuz nice clothes will be ruined by dogs and mud. I'll be covered in dog hair for the rest of my life, I buy grey cardigans now cuz dog hair doesn't show up on grey lol for dog grooming there's a lot of pretty clothes out there that are made of material that dog hair won't stick too Happy

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I think you should wear them! My english teacher wears like tennis shoes to work then changes into slippers during the day and nobody cares.

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My media teacher always wore jeans, polo shirts and Converses and then would kick the trainers off and just have holey socks underneath. And he was like forty-odd. It was weird

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lol, In college I had a design teacher with 20 odd peircings and tatoos

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Sorry. I can't help you decide. I've got no concept of "appropriateness".

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My biology teacher has like 10 piercings in each ear.

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these are cute but to wear them to work might not be approiate. I always worry about what to wear cuz there are some people that come to work with their pants wrinkles and too tight t shirts. i try to at least look better than them. but im also not gonna wear uncomfortable stuff chasing kids around all day. when im a teacher i want to dress like ms. frizzle from the magic school bus lol.

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Knitten Kitten - I do Support Work in mental health and thats pretty good about hair colours, piercings etc... Our team leader had bright red hair when she started with us and she wears some mad stuff, really cool. The charity I work for did try and introduce a policy re piercing and tattoos but my manager emailed back to say that she'd be reducing an excellent team of about 20 to about 2 if we introduced that policy. Jobs where your helping others tend to be okay in my experience. When i worked at a hospital years ago I had scarlet hair which was shaved up the sides and back and no one ever had a problem with it. A lot of the nurses also had various piercings, tats etc...

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yeah, my fiancee works as a nurse and loads of nurses have tats, and widly coloured hair, wear peircings and such

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