Are panty hose professional? Moreover, can you mandate their use in the workplace? Well obviously you can–enter Jim Holt of Mid American Credit Union.
This is the issue that lately has occupied the mind of Jim Holt, president of Mid American Credit Union, a small financial institution in Wichita, Kan. Mr. Holt is 58 and a three-decade member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He joined Mid American, which has 50 employees, four years ago, inheriting a dress code that prohibited, for women, such things as boots and mules, or backless shoes. The company required “hose” at all times — even under pants. (Wall Street Journal)
Mid American’s newly loosened dress code, allowing bare legs, will be announced to employees in coming weeks in a series of meetings. Women at the credit union would be well-advised to listen closely. Mr. Holt says that when evaluating employees’ performance in dress, as well as workmanship, he’ll make a distinction between “who is meeting the minimum standards and who is exceeding them.” In other words, hose will be optional but advised.
I’m honestly not sure what kind of modesty panty hose offer, they’re basically see through, though slightly tinged in flesh tones to give a uniform appearance to the leg. If you don’t need that, hose just adds a nice itchy dimension to already uncomfortable business gear. Additionally, I consider panty hose a type of underwear and is anyone else uncomfortable with a male boss mandating the use of particular underwear for female employees? Ew.
Despite the research of his female human resources director, Holt seems to believe that panty hose are the very paragon of female professional attire. Methinks someone just has a thing for panty hose. Notably, ties aren’t mandatory–what a shock.