The Collegiate Take on “What Not to Wear” At the Office

by Rachel Yeomans | October 28th, 2009   

I admit a guilty pleasure of mine is the television show “What Not to Wear”. In fact there are times I feel like playing show host by dragging someone out of my office and giving them a “talking to” on their wardrobe. Students from Fort Morgan, CO school, Morgan Community College, decided to make my fantasy a reality and doing just that. According to an article in The Fort Morgan Times, the college’s student business organization Phi Beta Lamda hosted their own version of “What Not to Wear (To Work)” through a lunch-and-learn fashion show.

The students themselves modeled both appropriate and inappropriate business attire during the event, which as emceed by Sharon Kauffman, a Morgan Community College Foundation board member. Clothing for the models was provided by Maurices and JC Penney, and door prizes were donated by the college bookstore along with retail chain Wal-Mart. And despite the stereotype of “What Not to Wear” being a bit harsh, the college students took a different spin on the concept by kicking off the event with a campus clothing and food drive for Caring Ministries.

officewear101 The Collegiate Take on What Not to Wear At the Office

What I find quite humbling is that a group of students took the initiative to do exactly what I myself have wanted to do ever since entering into the workforce. There are usually dress codes placed within the environments of the workplace. How often are they enforced? Maybe we as adults in the working force need to take queue from these Colorado students and start acknowledging both the importance and the guidelines of one’s working wardrobe.

2 comments
Personal Stylist
Personal Stylist

Working from home has its obvious advantages but it would be less appropriate to dress this way in the office. These days it can be less formal so it stands to reason that the new employees are making it a bit more funky!

Personal Stylist
Personal Stylist

Working from home has its obvious advantages but it would be less appropriate to dress this way in the office. These days it can be less formal so it stands to reason that the new employees are making it a bit more funky!