No longer fear the dreaded dress-down Friday
They might make you feel nostalgic and grounded. But nobody else cares that you went to Thailand/India/Nepal – and they’ll hardly endear you to the office sharks, whether they’re in the warehouse or the boardroom. Studenty types would do well to avoid linked chains too – you’re not ‘from a real working class background’, your mum drives a shiny BMW. Jewellery is personal, so pretty much keep it out of sight.
In days gone by we called this an ‘anorak’. Practical – perhaps; a declaration of professionalism and savoir faire – not in a million years. High street stores do more than acceptable macs and wool coats now. Better still, invest in something decent and it’ll last forever.
Actually this ‘Moobs’ one did crack us up – a bit – but the promotions board rarely give anybody a leg-up for being good fun. Indeed, they despise laughter in all its forms. Plain, gun-metal grey is more their style.
So uncool it might actually be cool again, but the office isn’t the ideal testing ground for cutting-edge anti-fashion. Besides, bearing this will lead to the inevitable “Do you DJ?” question. And the answer – “Yes, I’m a resident at that after-hours thing that usually rocks on till around 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What do I play? Really, really minimal k-hole house” – will terrify most co-workers.
Seeing as they’re a bit of a US invention these days, most khakis seem made for the office walrus. It can be a bastard finding any that fit well. Slacks are back in as a result – beige Farahs should fit right in.
Favourite old trainers
They might be much-loved old friends that you can’t bear to part with, but they’ve certainly passed the point of being trendily worn-in. Pointer make a great range of trainers many of which are ideal for ‘smart casual’ – plus they’re very hip and reasonably priced.