HR Strange But True!
May 17, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, we asked for your stories about the fashion faux pas you've witnessed in the workplace, and you delivered. Here are some of our favorites.

A common thread among the submissions was revealing clothing.

"The one fashion faux pas that really gets to me are hip hugger slacks that show the buttocks and crack when a woman moves, bends, or stoops at work.  Don't they realize that CRACK KILLS!!!" -- Anonymous

In some workplaces, the problem is both the clothing employees wear and what they don't wear.

"I remember years ago--at a different company--our receptionist came in wearing a mini skirt and visible 'lack of undergarments.'" -- Ronda Scott-Marak

Some applicants manage to showcase their knowledge of some of the finer points of the law without saying a word.

"In just the past week, someone came into my office to apply for a job and he was wearing a T-shirt that read: 'It's only illegal if you get CAUGHT!' Now, doesn't that just make you want to hire him on the spot?" -- Dawn Rodriguez.

Do you have a workplace fashion faux pas you'd like to share? You can do so in the's HR Forum.

Source: Our Readers

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