Sunday, April 25, 2010

Haven’t worn a polo shirt since 2001!


Ah, the summer of 2001. I was part of a team of lucky ducks from my company driving cross-country. Sort of like a promotional tour, but symbolic of the company's move west as well.

So much fun! 8 days. The only thing I had an issue with were the polo shirts we had to wear. I was given 5 white, and 5 blue; imagine that, getting two extra! The thirty or so of us would be advised the night before as to which color to wear.

Another part of our uniform was chinos or casual pants, preferably tan or off white, though I managed to sneak a dark blue pair into the mix. It wasn't the fact that we were all dressed in similar fashion that got to me. Nope. The way I see it, the combination of polo and chino has to be one of the most unattractive outfits known to womankind, not so much if guys are wearing it, but on a female body. This garb is especially distasteful when the chinos are pleated in the front, suggesting a bad attempt at hiding an bulky tummy. Nothing like looking as sexless as one can get, devoid of anything suggesting female, and having a balloon in place of your stomach area to boot.

After that trip, I vowed never again to wear such square-offed, ill fitting, unsightly clothing. Over the years, all the chinos have “left the building”, except for one pair. I will drop them off at Goodwill tomorrow, I promise. The polos are all still here, gathering close to a decade of dust, in a seldom opened closet. And on a positive note, those polos are rather unique, proudly projecting the corporation name and the fact that this was a special tour. Not only was this acknowledged discreetly on the front of the shirt, one of the arms was badged as such as well. Hmmmm….eBay maybe? I wonder what Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear would say about this style of dress?

Well, for this gal, it's bring on the ruffles, bell sleeves, soft lines, flowing tops, sort and slightly more sheer materials, girly flower patterns (but only the tasteful ones), mod 60's patterns and happy colors! It's been wonderful not being forced to wear a polo! Ahh....

5 comments:

Maxine and Arthur Cook said...

Always enjoyable to read your posts Gerry! Thanks for a trip down memory lane.....Max

Nancy said...

According to the Sunday L.A. Times "Preppie" is back big time. And for the mister, the Polo is his uniform.

SydPie said...

Many, many tradeshows in nasty blue polos! Why does some coordinator think the girls want to dress like the men.

Anonymous said...

Blech, that reminds me of the outfit that Pat wore on Saturday Night Live, the skit where they weren't sure if she was female or male LOL!

Mary in Alabama

Renee said...

Hah, your post cracked me up! I also threw away my last polo shirt a few months ago & have added ruffles & softer looks to my wardrobe. And stopped the NYC "graphic designer dressed in black" look, which lasted years after I left NYC. Happy colors, yay!