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Curzon Tussaud

The strange thing about children and school uniform is that they all augment or alter it in exactly the same way, which makes it all rather uniform.

Peter the Flautist

I am very lucky indeed that at work I don't have to wear a uniform, and choose not to wear the standard "senior academic" dress of a suit either. This is for two reasons. Firstly I spend quite a lot of time in laboratories, no chemicals these days, but I do have lasers that will burn things and quite often I need to crawl around the floor routing cables or in concrete bunkers or similar cloth unfriendly environment. The second reason, and this will I think generate NO sympathy for my plight, is that I am now too slim (for my height) to buy off-the-peg suits. I do have two beautiful bespoke suits, but really they are so costly that although I rather fancy myself in them I would find it very hard to justify buying more. I suppose that in some sense I wear an anti-uniform at work.

Dark Puss

Eunice

Since I am an artist, and I tend to be a messy one at that, I wear jeans and t-shirts most of the time. I clean up pretty well, but prefer my 'uniform'.

Karen/NYC

I'm a lawyer and still wear boring suits for court appearances, but even for "in the office" days, I've adopted a "uniform" of straight black skirt, black hose, black pumps, with a jolt of color on top in the form of a twin set or contrasting blazer. I must own 10 black skirts!!

Nan

Not only jeans, but specifically carpenter jeans, and a tee shirt or long sleeved tee shirt, zip up sweatshirt. These are my clothes most every day of the year. :<)

Harri

Mass individuality is maybe the best phrase ever thought up. You see mother dearest, at school today, if you wear the trackies at your waist, or have long shorts, it's just UNCOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr Cornflower

Looking at this from the perspective of the office worker (or 'humble peon' as I call myself in my darker moments) there's a whole literature on the implications of what one wears for work. Some random thoughts on this theme:

- we're expected to conform to certain dress codes which in a sense I find irrational - the decisions I make are no better when wearing a suit than when wearing jeans and a tee-shirt. It's a power issue - "we pay you so we own you"

- against this one can argue that the concept of 'work clothes' at least allows us to patrol the boundaries between work and rest more effectively. When I come home and get changed, I draw a line under the working day - that's a line which can be a bit blurred if I'm in the same clothes all the time. There is a rather paranoid version of this view which sees dress-down Fridays and other innovations as a dastardly capitalist plot to make it easier to get people to work evenings and weekends

- on the other hand at least it's easier for me than for my female colleagues - the only decision I have to make in the morning is what colour tie to wear

- and I deal with a lot of older, more conservative clients who expect their adviser to be suited (their parents would have expected bowler hats and striped trousers)

And it's Friday evening, there's a public holiday on Monday, so I get three days of comfort before putting on the badge of servitude again....

Barbara MacLeod

I recall some years ago, in the USA, the nursing staff on a Pediatric ward all changed from uniforms to ordinary clothes but they still wore their name badges. The result was that they could not be identified from all the other people who went about the wards in their daily work!

I. C. C.

Beautiful bracelet! Is it really the one and same that my mother made for you many years ago, when we had not long left school?? Even then blue was your colour of choice.

Tara

I love that necklace! It's funny, we were just talking about this at work recently, the fact that we each have our 'uniform' that we wear and that we're so used to each other's style, we don't notice what one another wear (which makes it easy to repeat favorite items!). I have a uniform myself that consists of heaps of cardigan sweaters and twin-sets - could there be a more perfect item of clothing?

scarlettina

Uniform? Oh yes, jeans and a v-necked t shirt. And in winter I add a cardi. Day in day out, work or no work. How sad is that? Do you think Trinny & Susanna are free?

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