Sylva Stoel is wearing shorts by JCPenney, deemed “career wear” in places where one assumes the air conditioning is not set at Meat Locker. One place you can’t wear them, curiously, is at a JCPenney store:
“The only word the manager said on [in-store] dress code during my job orientation was that denim was not allowed, t-shirts were unacceptable, spaghetti-strap tank tops weren’t allowed and skirts couldn’t be ‘too short’,” Stoel told Mic via email. “But I was never warned that wearing linen shorts to work could get me sent home.”
Especially these linen shorts, am I right?
And it’s not like the store is full of demurely dressed fashion plates, either:
Moreover, Stoel told Mic, plenty of her fellow employees wear jeans and tees to work. “Unfortunately for me, it seems as [if] my exposed knees registered as more unprofessional than jeans and a t-shirt.”
Stoel took her complaint to Twitter:
Hey @jcpenney wanna know how to appeal to ur millennial customers ur losing? Bring ur dress code to the 21st century.
— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 24, 2015
This garb would certainly pass muster at 42nd and Treadmill, though I suspect I would probably have to hide in my office for the rest of the day, purely as a safety precaution: I have been known to walk into walls.