My congratulations to the women of the Harris County District Attorney's office for finally getting a concession on the dress code that should have been theirs a long time ago.
With the dog days of summer in full swing and a written opinion from the Emily Post Institute in hand, District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal is relaxing dress code standards. For the first time, women who work there will be able to show ankles and toes.
After summers upon summers of complaint about the heat, the department's dress code committee has relented. Women at the office and in court no longer have to wear hose under their pants, said Assistant District Attorney Kathy Braddock, a committee member.
According to a change in policy approved by Thursday, pants may be worn without hose with appropriate shoes. "If bare feet are showing in open-toed shoes, the feet should be nicely pedicured."
And yes, "appropriate shoes" are also defined in the policy. Flip-flops are still a no-no.
Speaking of flipflops, there was an article about wearing flipflops at the office earlier this week. Tiffany always rolls her eyes at me when I say things like this, but I don't see what the big deal is about it. Either the office is sufficiently casual that such footwear can go with whatever else you'd normally don on a workday, or it's not. Maybe my perspective is warped from having a job where I seldom interact with anyone other than a small handful of coworkers - Tiffany would see more people in a day than I'd see in a week. I'm also notoriously unobservant about what other people are wearing in the first place, so I'm the wrong person to ask anyway. Be that as it may, my opinion on the subject is "Aren't there more important things to worry about?" Your mileage may vary.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 12, 2007 to Society and cultcha