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Old Salt's employer is... Old Salt He bagged himself the accounts work, having met the client whilst skirted. Having worked in office environments in the UK for years, most women who wear skirts were the pencil-cut type between 21 and 24 inches, you do see longer skirts, but that's either due to a woman's religious background (many from Arabic cultures may choose a longer calf length but this is rare even nowdays), generally it's the much older woman who will wear a calf length skirt (there's a shop for the older woman called Marks & Spencer where there's loads of calf-length skirts)... but until skirts become mainstream for men (I did like Dexter Cheston's pencil skirts for men from last year), some schools are offering boys the option of skirts, but that's more to accommodate Transgender kids to have that option if they wish. Guys will have to fix up, shave their legs, wear tights, sit properly to wear a formal pencil skirt, and skirts on men may prove a distraction in an office environment initially. People are accepting of kilts on Dress Down Days so who knows? It's also down to retailers to just make a decent straight skirt for men that isn't as outlandish as something on the catwalk at the momentmoonshadow wrote:What puzzles me about this "prohibition" of certain skirts for the work place is our (mens) place in the matter.
Under what is considered "acceptable" by social norms, men are not to wear skirts of any type in a business environment. Granted, it's nice that old salt seems to work in a place that allows it, however I would find it very vexing if old salts employer allowed him to wear a short skirt, yet a woman could not wear a maxi.
In fact, this isn't going to sound quite like I want it to, but I believe that if a woman wants to wear a maxi in a professional environment that's her choice, and there's nothing wrong with it. Lets face it, we all know why shorter skirts are the norm in office environments for women- that being it makes them "eye candy". A prude woman in the workplace will struggle to go as far as one who dresses in more shorter, provocative clothing. It's really quite sexist, and in many ways demeaning to women as they appear as nothing more than sex objects.
My question of "why", is a loaded one.
But even if you disagree with me on the sexist point of why shorter skirts are acceptable and longer ones are not, I feel few of us would deny that generally speaking, men wearing skirts at the office is a no-go, at least in most positions. Granted, a few among us are masters in our field and are readily employable regardless of what we wear thanks in part to our various reputations, however still I feel for a majority of us, skirts are a "time off" thing only.
I guess what I'm really pointing to is if an office is cool enough to allow a man to wear a short skirt, then what rules would prohibit a long one? It almost seems like a contradiction. I also seem to recall a slight snafu of a fellow member across the pond who had a bout with a shorter skirt, whereas a certain manager favored longer ones for our male member, despite female colleagues being allowed to wear short ones.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... people are strange.
Caultron wrote:I've just never liked the look of midi- and maxi-skirts, and it seems that wearing one would involve a lot of extra bother.
But to each his own.
moonshadow wrote:Seriously, when we look back through the history of unbifurcated garments across the sexes, when men wear anything down to the floor, it's normally presented very elegantly.
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