CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Please tell me you're not wearing pajamas to work," my husband said as I lifted my coat from its hook by the door.
I was only stepping out to warm up the car, but that suddenly seemed too dull an explanation. I improvised.
"I read this magazine article where the expert said you shouldn't dress for the job you have, but for the job you want," I said. "Since I've always wanted to work from home in my pajamas ..."
I bent to tuck the one remaining ear on my bunny slippers to the side so it wouldn't drag in the slush.
"I would've thought there'd be more to it than that," I said. "But according to the article, this is Step One."
"I wonder what they're wearing in the unemployment lines these days?" said Geoff, who works from home most of the time. He can dress however he pleases, something I envy greatly now that I've entered the Heel-Hating, Elastic Waist years.
I've never understood the logic behind stringent office dress codes for areas that seldom deal with customers or the public. Studies have repeatedly shown that comfortably dressed employees are both happier and more productive. So the companies that mandate suits and ties or heels and hose for all -- doesn't that mean they care more about how things look than they do about output or the comfort of staff?
The opportunity for change came with the introduction of Casual Friday, which some interpret so broadly as to include cutoffs, sweat pants and clothes retrieved from the hamper.