Should men be allowed to wear shorts at work? | The Tylt
Should men be allowed to wear shorts at work?
Whenever it's out hot it's inevitable you'll see people doing wacky things to protest against workplace dress codes. Earlier this summer, a British man went viral after he posted pictures of himself wearing a dress at work in protest of being sent home due to wearing shorts.
In another incident, French bus drivers took to wearing skirts to protest their dress code after temperatures went soaring, but management wouldn't back down. In an interview, they said:
“Our uniform is not appropriate for these high temperatures. We envy women at moments like this,” Didier Sauvetre a driver from the CFDT union told the local Presse Ocean news site."Our managers say shorts are not suitable for our profession. We've opted for provocation by coming in skirts, which are allowed for female drivers.""In this heatwave, the temperatures are reaching close to 50C behind our windscreens. As we don't have air conditioning in our buses, it's unbearable in trousers," said Gabriel Magner, another union member baring his legs.
Fashion experts say short don't belong in the workplace. They send the wrong message. And it's not as though women wear the clothes they'd go clubbing in to work. These dresses and skirts are much more formal and follow a prescribed style. That doesn't exist for shorts. In business, impressions matter a lot, and shorts give the wrong one.
This applies to both men and women, Di Giusto says. "I always recommend women to avoid distractions at any price. People should look at my face or focus on my skills and talent — not look at my legs." The length of one's bottoms is a sign of respect for the occasion and the audience. Wearing shorter clothing may indicate a lack of professionalism toward coworkers and clients, she says. "The more you deal with other people and their money, the less skin you should show."
The biggest problem with the trend, she says, is that it doesn't allow you to "tell a clear story." She says your clothes can say a lot about you — "and in the workplace, I want people to tell a consistent story, whether it's that they're trustworthy, reliable, fun, or approachable." The problem with short suits: they blend two stories at once.