November 01, 2005


Saw this story on the UPI wire:

Some of the weirdest work outfits

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Some U.S. workers have showed up at the office in a clown suit, a Cat in the Hat costume or a disco dress and it wasn't Halloween.

The Creative Group, a staffing service that provides marketing, advertising, creative and Web professionals on a project basis, asked 250 U.S. advertising and marketing executives to describe the weirdest outfits they've observed at the office.

The survey found some workers have been seen wearing bedroom slippers; pajamas; fur skirt, straw hat and sombrero on the job, while others appeared in Sumo wrestling gear and dressed as a full-body banana peel.

"Professionals in the creative industry often enjoy some freedom when it comes to office attire, but these examples show it's possible to go overboard," said Tracey Fuller, executive director of The Creative Group. "Employees should dress in a way that ensures their ideas -- not their fashion choices -- stand out."

Two things:

First, a fur skirt, a straw hat and a sombrero aren't weird. They're the building blocks to any sensible wardrobe.

Second, these people clearly hadn't interviewed My Muse, who fits in the category of someone who dresses normal but accessorizes with impromptu objects in ways that are unique.

Like, say, these two pomegranates that arrived in a press kit:


They're lovely. Really.

Succulent. Sweet. Perfect in every way.

And in the hands of most people, they look like this:


Again, succulent, sweet and perfect in every way.

But when the Muse holds them for an extra second or two...

They become... well...



Have you ever witnessed someone experience so much innocent, delicious pleasure from his own joke?

It's what sets him apart, makes him unique in the workplace.

Simply: He knows how to accessorize.

Weird is in the eye of the beholder, my friends.

Posted by Jeff at November 1, 2005 12:18 AM
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