Throughout October, I was an "emergency librarian" at a few locations where employees were raising money for The United Way by "dressing down". In other words, they paid $5.00 a day for a label that proclaimed I'm dressed like this for the United Way, and (hooray!) wore jeans to work.
I remember those days. The occasional opportunity to break with convention in a very formal work environment and dress casually, was cherished. Along with my buttoned-up colleagues I was beyond happy to ditch business attire in favour of a weekend look.
But not any more. Now that every day is a dress-down day, I look forward to dressing -up. An afternoon on the job? Oh good. I will need to look smart and well-put together. Where's that pretty jacket, the one that looks best with a skirt?
I would even pay the $5.00 and accessorize with a sticky fund-raising label: I'm dressed like this for the United Way!