Did you wear a Halloween costume to work yesterday?
Over the years I have worn many costumes to work. Some of my own choice, some thanks to a decreed departmental theme. What is the most risque costume you worn to work? What’s the ettique about costumes at work? A good rule of thumb is to avoid the “naughty” costumes – obviously… and for women, keep “the girls” covered up. Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Same is true for our influence, even if you aren’t exactly naked, over-exposing yourself in a revealing costume can reduce professional power.
My current office is not a dress up on Halloween kinda place. Some offices dress up and other just don’t. I think that most of this is determined by the industry you are in and whether or not you’ll be seeing clients that day. At the Ottawa Sun our journalists are not going to be out gathering news stories dressed as Miley Cyrus. You just wouldn’t take them seriously. BUT over all, PR peeps have a playful side and as the “fun department” in the office, the pressure can be high around this time of year. So in honour of Fashion Fun Friday, here are some of my more memorable Halloween “fashions” over the years!
One year a boss of mine decided that the entire team would dress up as pimps. For the guys it translated into a lime green “suit” and for us gals, it was the “matching” suit of a purple velour mini shirt, lime green halter top and large purple hat. The only one that looked good in it was my boss. She, yes she, looked like the bomb. I looked like hooker. THEN we had to visit our clients in these costumes to give out candy. GA!
When I was working in the promotions department at Rogers TV, aka the FUN Department, my cohort Jen and I turned our office into a Geisha House. Fun AND fully covered.
Another year I took matters into my own hands and, as my friend Lisa would say, let out my inner goddess as Wonder Woman. (At work I added leggings and a top under the bustier.) This is still my Favourite. Costume. Ever!
Last year we decided to embrace Día de Muertos, the day of the dead.
Well folks, that’s it. What was your best costume?