Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Whiter Shade of Pale

One of the things I love most about Friday (except of course the fact that it means the weekend is here and therefore I can finally indulge in my favourite activities like cleaning/washing/cooking), is Friday Dressing. Throughout the week, I am forced to dress dowdily and I eagerly wait for the end of the week which allows me to pull out my relatively cooler clothes, so that I can make a strong statement: I am a girl, I am young, I am cute and hence I am dumb.

So, while I have a limited stock of formals, my collection of jeans, skirts, floral tops and matching accessories can put a garage sale to shame. Every sale season, I go to a mall, determined to buy “sensible” clothes, but end up splurging on more of dresses and colourful sandals, consoling myself that it’s not a complete waste, since I NEED these for Fridays.

But no, my company simply can’t stand to see me happy and devises new ways to make my life even more stifled. The latest measure includes ‘extension of the business casual dress code on Fridays to adhere to global policies’, which when translated, means ‘you are not allowed to look cool anymore.’ Apparently, casual Fridays are more in line with the IT/BPO culture, and god forbid, lest we, the superior banker bandwagon, are put in the same league as other lowly species. So yes, we shall instead volunteer to dress like sophisticated robots, identical in white shirts, leaving no room for a dash of colour, creativity or personal touch, because we have a boring image to uphold.

Every time I imagine myself in trousers and a collared shirt on a Friday, I conjure up the picture of a smaller Bipasha Basu (before she started gymming rigorously and developed biceps) in the movie Corporate, and I so don’t want to be that. Women are always talking about being as successful, as aggressive and as ambitious as men, but I have no intentions of being a pseudo man, because I sincerely believe that while I may be different, that doesn’t necessarily make me inferior. As long as I can get my work done, it doesn’t matter if I am in a chiffon skirt or a three-piece suit.

With the last brush of colour wiped out off my palette, it’s an extremely clean slate indeed, waiting to be painted, hoping to be tinged with a new beginning and craving to be freed

8 comments:

Smita said...

Good luck :)

Psst with August knocking on our doors the Sale season is just round the corner ;)

Tarun Mehta said...

I see people in shorts even on Mondays in my office ..*burn*

One guy has taken up to himself to only wear fishing cloths for entire month :d

There are some advantages of being in lowly IT/BPO field

Nefertiti said...

@smita
i know i know i know... but since my wallet got stolen, I have lost all the membership cards :(

@tarun mehta
oh tell me about it, or even better find me a job in the 'lowly' field which at lets me be me. and btw, welcome! thanks for dropping by...

xibi said...

:-) so what type of clothes are u gonna buy this season??? I say better option change the company :-)

Kappu said...

//Women are always talking about being as successful, as aggressive and as ambitious as men, but I have no intentions of being a pseudo man//

I wish I can trade Fridays with you... I dont do much there anyways :-/

Kappu said...

@P/s I quoted your lines to say they were dramatically cool! forgot to say that!

ssoggo said...

Whites in the Mumbai monsoons!!!! Urgh! Happy laundry-weekends!!

Nefertiti said...

@xibi
well, i buy clothes on sale, i.e. clothes which were in style last year but are no longer in vogue, so they are cleaning out their closets at a discount...
as for the change of company, if only...

@kappu
such a criminal waste of a friday. people don't appreciate the freedom when they have it.

@ssoggo

welcome back!!! n i thought I had bored you enough for good. laundry weekends are NOT fun in monsoon, when things take ages to dry :(

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