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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 8th, 2006 - 04:44 pm (Link)

Re: Another big reply (section 2)

one issue at a time:

1) Yes, comfort is important. I complain about not being allowed to wear jeans, but there is a level that I wouldn't go below. And the difference is, I am aware that by wearing jeans, I'd be making a statement. Simply put, I have no real desire to climb the corporate ladder. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt to work is more my rebelling against the machine. Its me wanting to look like crap because I don't want to fit in where I am. I am more addressing people who don't understand why they should be forced to wear such clothing in order to fit in. People who say that "clothes don't matter." They do.

2) in the previous comment, I linked to several plus size stores with different clothing. I'm actually not recommending wearing a suit every day, btw (though a lot of people I work with do). Its just that that's the easiest thing to point to. The VS link actually had separates too. I used VS because I knew exactly what I was looking for and where it would be and it was 3 in the morning and I just wanted to get the comments done. Its not even the best place to shop for work clothes. For Steph, for instance, I like New York and Company when I am trying to get her stuff to wear to work. It's all about image and personality though, so YMMV.

3) Again, I'm talking about professionalism and femininity, not sexiness. If we were talking about "clothing women should wear to snag a man" that would be a different thing entirely. If we're talking about "clothing women should wear to snag a mav" there is yet another answer. This is why I am using business clothing in examples and not clubwear or lingerie or something (though, surprisingly, it turns out it is a million times easier to find plus size lingerie models online than plus size business models) My point was more calling attention to the difference between going to work looking like Tyra and going to work looking like Urkel. You're actually not in either camp. And really, I don't expect many people are at either extreme.

4) worrying about the world outside of me is what makes this blog so interesting. If you'd rather I could go back to talking smack about tennis with Max, Steph and Geoff, but really, would you find that anywhere near interesting enough to put this much effort in to pretending I am wrong? ;-)

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