"dress for success"

This latest – a seminar, from the Bank of England no less, offering advice on \”what and what not to wear\” to female banking staff – positively beggars belief. In the midst of economic meltdown, the Davos summit, and widespread industrial action as the result of UK based jobs being tendered out to EU member nations, leading banking executives are convinced that dress code must be singled out as the utmost priority. Incredulous, I listened on BBC Radio 4 to the minutes from a leaked memo outlining key points on their own internal summit; with a stern caution, aimed at female employees exclusively, that certain accessories – \’inappropriate\’ jewelry and make-up, etc – might lead to unwelcome comparisons with \”prostitutes\”. It read: \”Shoes and skirt must be the same colour. No-nos include ankle chains – \”professional, but not the one you want to be associated with\” – white high heels; overstuffed handbags; an overload of rings, and double-pierced ears.\”

I f@cking kid you not.

Presumably, those \”In It To Win It\” imbeciles poised precariously on the top rung of a bonus laden ladder feel that spending investors\’ cash on a flippant \”Dress For Success\” seminar is of greater importance than promoting transparency and fundamentally sound business acumen.


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