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Rant :: The Death of Business Casual
  submitted on September 4, 2007, 8:31 AM


So today is the day after Labor Day, which is always bittersweet. On one hand, the three day weekend is always nice, particularly since it's the first one we get at work since the 4th of July (And that's only a three/four day weekend if it works out that way). On the other hand, at my office it means the end of business casual wear (save Friday, of course). I understand the need to wear a tie around the office, what I don't get is why the day after Labor Day has to be the arbitrary date that is chosen.

Do you know what season the day after Labor Day falls under? SUMMER. Yes, it is still summer today, just like it was on Friday. The high today is supposed to be 90, because it's SUMMER. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's my understanding that the reason we switch to business casual in the summer is because of the weather, and it's easier for us to make the trek into the office in a polo and khakis when it's hot outside than it is in a suit. So why are we given between the 4th of July and Labor Day as our dates to ditch the suit? Summer starts in the middle of June and ends in the middle of September. I've never understood this misconception that once September rolls around the weather is supposed to cool down. Just because we're in September, doesn't change the fact that it's still summer and therefore, still hot.

I just wanted to rant for a second at the fact that I have to spend the next few weeks dealing with the summer heat in my shirt and tie, which always makes me nice and sweaty in the morning, and nothing is more fun than sitting at your desk all hot and bothered from your walk into work.

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