DH’s new job is remote but they do a LOT of zoom meetings.
Recently DH’s boss instituted a meetingless day of the week and he asked everyone if they enjoyed it. The lead programmer said she really liked not having to style her hair or worry about what shirt she was wearing.
DH chimed in to agree– he has also been agonizing over what to wear from the waist up. Right now his summer shirts only come in button-down (programmer-blue) and various types of t-shirts. He has exactly one polo with his department name embroidered on it from when he was a professor. There’s nothing in between! (Oddly, he has a LOT of nice business casual programmer long-sleeve stuff because his mom sees him for a week every Christmas and that’s what she buys for him because that’s what he takes to the frigid Midwest with him because that’s what he has. It’s a cycle.) The boss was like, wear whatever you want I will not notice! (I suspect the boss will notice changes even if he doesn’t notice the baseline– people are used to me being slightly unkempt which means they only notice when I’m made up for tv or have just gotten a really nice haircut.)
I recently realized that I cannot actually go into work 5 days a week in the fall unless I lose weight or buy new clothing. (Neither of which sound particularly appealing to me.) In my current obese size I have plenty of business clothes to teach in and plenty of ratty workout clothes to work from home in (with various levels of t-shirt niceness if I I have meetings) but I have one pair of dockers shorts and one pair of black dress pants that fit. I don’t think any of my skirts currently fit, just dresses. UGH.
The current department head has mandated business casual for the students which means we can’t come in in workout clothes (except on casual Fridays).
What do you wear at work? Has the pandemic changed that? What will you wear going forward?