worst dressed professions

(118 Posts)
ggirl Wed 16-Jan-13 18:59:12

weather girls
clergy women

TunipTheVegedude Wed 16-Jan-13 19:01:00


Barabajagal Wed 16-Jan-13 19:01:41


LifeofPo Wed 16-Jan-13 19:03:24

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ggirl Wed 16-Jan-13 19:08:23

god yes ..nuns and there big skirts and wooly tights

ggirl Wed 16-Jan-13 19:08:37


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BikeRunSki Wed 16-Jan-13 19:10:24

Civil engineers are not known for their style. Even if not dressed in baggy suit or tweed jacket, the hi viz ruins the effect.

houseelfdobby Wed 16-Jan-13 19:11:30

def teachers

I think my own personal worst was pet shop assistant. Someone once asked me if the trousers were designed to house rabbits. grin

ggirl Wed 16-Jan-13 19:13:16

you very rarely see a trendy childcare worker
<<<runs away>>

bettybleep Wed 16-Jan-13 19:13:24

People who run around Crufts with the dogs

LifeofPo Wed 16-Jan-13 19:16:03

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MerylStrop Wed 16-Jan-13 19:16:30

planning consultants
Certain sorts of Local Authority Officers and elected members (egg stains on Wallace and Grommit ties)
Give me a nun or a weather girl any time. At least a nun is a coherent look, and a weather girl has Made An Effort

sweetestB Wed 16-Jan-13 19:16:56



Teahouse Wed 16-Jan-13 19:19:18

Academics (on the whole)

Agree planners are awful.

Anyone in ICT

GPs are pretty grim too

Counsellors - comfy shoes, stretch everything, warm clothes as have to sit in a chair all day.

It's Per-Una-tastic grin

Yy to teachers - DH now has washable suits as they get such a battering shock

ggirl Wed 16-Jan-13 19:25:13

most of the GP's i work with are quite well dressed , there are a few shockers tho

GetOrf Wed 16-Jan-13 19:26:21

Civil servants.

MerylStrop Wed 16-Jan-13 19:27:16

the GPs at our practice are all VV stylish and good-looking
(and fortunately good doctors too)
I work in the arts and encounter many people who Try Very Hard to be quirky and just look frightful.

Well, I'll have you know that I am quite a nicely dressed teacher!

Yes to weather girls. They all wear those awful polyester dresses with lurid coloured panels.

Police ladies have to wear really horrible shoes.

CuttedUpPear Wed 16-Jan-13 19:29:41

Gardeners. I speak for myself. I try to be smart and functional but I usually end up in outfits that embarrass the kids.

ggirl Wed 16-Jan-13 19:30:22

I am so glad I wear a uniform

Computing. Easily.

CMOTDibbler Wed 16-Jan-13 19:34:34

Nuclear physicists.

Solicitors. Not trendy London ones obviously but the ones up here who dress like they purchased their suits from charity shop rag bags and spilt their lunch down their tie.
Dandruff seems to be commonplace too (shudder)

Anna1976 Wed 16-Jan-13 19:39:29

Maybe you should consider whether the typical person underneath goes with the look. Can you imagine the average nun done up as a weather girl? No - nuns look better in their understated mystique outfits.

Surgeons are well dressed when not in theatre, but personally i have always looked better in scrubs than in a suit, because I look like a coalminer in drag when forced to wear high heels/ tights that ladder/ skirt that never fits & rides up/ top that looks unironed/ makeup that looks terrible no matter what...

Also - anyone on Songs of Praise could be wearing absolutely anything under that cassock.... grin

Engineers, definitely. I work with a few hundred of them and you can tell when they interviewed for their first jobs out of college as they are still wearing the same styles / colours of shirt / ties / suits as we're fashionable then - think double-breasted with indigo shirt and yellow tie (1990's) etc.

Not a particular profession, but anyone who wears "smart" trousers made of cheap fabric.

Were not we're - damn you autocorrect !

bigkidsdidit Wed 16-Jan-13 19:44:36

I'm an academic and agree we're shocking (I'm the exception obv)

Nurses - horrible nylon uniforms!

Corygal Wed 16-Jan-13 19:47:05

Bankers are pretty frightful. Not necessarily the hedge-funders (altho their weekend 'gear' is very lowering to see) but the sort of people who work in the HQ towers of big banks.

There seems to be a professional qualification in bad-fit polyester, with a compulsory semi-transparent shirt for the women and a 'jaunty' tie for the men.

dotty2 Wed 16-Jan-13 19:50:02

The worst dressed are often the most useful though (massive generalisation there!). I mean, teachers, GPs and childcare workers have considerations other than style to dress for - easier for people who sit sipping latte all day to look stylish at work. (Speaking as someone who works in the arts sector!)

Oh god. Academics by a country mile.

bigTillyMint Wed 16-Jan-13 19:54:25

Maths lecturers.

Followed by all other lecturers/academics.


I don't know if maths lecturers are the worst. Those geologists are always dressed for the field, no matter where they are...

JumpHerWho Wed 16-Jan-13 19:58:24

People who work in local council offices.

They all pop out for lunch in groups in my town to Greggs wearing black bootcut poyesters and denim jackets or ill fitting suit jacket, with scruffy hair and a pallish complexion. And rucksacks.

bettybleep Wed 16-Jan-13 19:59:56

Men who present TV programmes about cars

Male barristers and their awful chalk stripe suits. FFS - is that a module they teach on the BVC?

ChablisLover Wed 16-Jan-13 20:14:08

I know lots of well dressed accountants (including me!)

All women though

Flosshilde Wed 16-Jan-13 20:16:21

I knew my profession would be on here. grin In its defence, you have to balance a public facing role with inclement weather conditions, including underfoot, and most us of us can't be arsed to change outfits all the time. It rains all the fucking time on my patch.

Hence the cheap trews, sensible and warm upper half, boots and cagoule look. Minimal make up and hair up. Anything smarter gets wrecked.

JumpHerWho Wed 16-Jan-13 20:19:37

Dunno - I have a friend who's an accountant and earns shed loads, and wears cheap polyester skirt suits and plastic handbags sad

Himalaya Wed 16-Jan-13 20:24:51

Scientists in general.

FunnyLittleFrog Wed 16-Jan-13 20:25:08

Some teachers, not all equal


maths, geography and most leadership team people dress appallingly

english and drama far more stylish

NewYearNewNagoo Wed 16-Jan-13 20:27:50

Dh is a teacher and he looks lovely smile

I wear a hideous uniform, used to be wool suit, budget cuts and I'm in polyester like every other fucker.

ChablisLover Wed 16-Jan-13 20:35:01

Jumpherwho - I do know some shocking dressed ones as well -really really strange and you wonder to things - did you get dressed in the dark or do you own a mirror?

But I guess some people are more into the numbers!

PretzelTime Wed 16-Jan-13 20:45:26

Now I wonder which the BEST dressed ones are.

LittlePandaBear Wed 16-Jan-13 20:50:20

Worst dressed: Call centre workers. There are some in my building and you can tell that theyir job is all about their voice, and not what they look like.

Kids tv presenters. Not their fault but too many clashing bright colours!

Best dressed? I imagine it to be fashion magazine workers, all trying to compete with eachother and all being tall and skinny to pull off all the trends.

RSVP Wed 16-Jan-13 20:56:48

yy to kids tv presenters!

RSVP Wed 16-Jan-13 20:58:17

also, estate agents with their polyester suits and matching ties from next
says she who just bought a next poly shirt

austenozzy Wed 16-Jan-13 21:00:32

My wife would suggest web developers working from home.

goingmadinthecountry Wed 16-Jan-13 21:10:19

Bear in mind some of us don't wear our real clothes to work - my off duty look as a teacher is distinctly different. I get covered in goo and have to be able to sit on a very low step with dignity at work. I'm sure very many of us have two very distinct wardrobes.

Never do polyester though and I don't own a cheap handbag. I do have some standards.

BunFagFreddie Wed 16-Jan-13 23:56:37

Yy to counsellors being Per-Una-Tastic. Do you think they have a uniform?

GingersarealwaysToms Thu 17-Jan-13 00:04:26

Absolutely definitely teachers. The only people I know who think per una is cutting edge. I've seen the lot. I even knew a woman a classroom assistant who wore football shirts to work. I ask you.

maxmillie Thu 17-Jan-13 00:07:30

I have to say, as an IT person working in a bank (where the dress sense is generally bad, I grant you), by far the worst dressed people I have seen in recent years are the young, super-trendy, fashion-y types that work at modelling and casting studios which I occasionaly have to frequent. They come to work wearing shorts and tights, with cowboy boots and green polyester cardis stolen from their grandad, with pearls and black plastic rimmed glasses (girls) or capri pants so tight they can't sit down, shoes with no socks, a t shirt and a massive beige maternity cardigan (always with the cardis). And have you been out in Shoreditch recently?

Of course, by this logic, the uber-trendies and the IT geeks are now coming dangerously close to coming full circle and meeting each other in the middle and soon we will be almost indistinguishabke and I will be super fashionable!

SaraBellumHertz Thu 17-Jan-13 06:49:30

Teachers at my DC's school are actually pretty well dressed.

Any job which involves a uniform consisting of trousers for women - they never fit and always look hideous.

As a lawyer I think most of my colleagues dress pretty well- especially the junior and senior. Those of us in the middle tend to have given up on $800 suits to pay school fees grin

SteppingOnLego Thu 17-Jan-13 07:41:25

As no one has yet mentioned vets I'll put them out there and I don't just mean when they're working (because cowshit and so on does nothing for anyones style!)

For the older men checked shirts and hairy ties abound and the women aren't any better - lots of ill fitting slightly short trousers and fleece.

My vet is very smart smile. Though last time he came out to see my horse, he took one look at the filthy beast and retreated to his van to don some overalls!

Sonotkylie Thu 17-Jan-13 09:08:18

YY to MALE solicitors - London or elsewhere - crumpled suits, badly ironed shirts, lunch stained ties, ghastly v neck tank top if cold, dandruff, bad haircut, dirty shoes possibly grey slip ons (yes I saw them and I shudder). It is mainly an age thing in that the older ones tend to look like that and maybe mercifully are close to retirement now. But I remember thinking that if the women in the office had dressed equally badly they would have mentioned it at appraisal time.

poshfrock Thu 17-Jan-13 09:22:44

Teachers seem to have really gone down hill since I was at school. When DS started school I couldn't believe that jeans and leggings were acceptable "workwear".
4 members of my family are teachers, 2 male , 2 female; 2 secondary, 1 primary, 1 adult ed - the males always wear a shirt and tie; of the two females the secondary one always wears a fabulous looking suit ( and she teaches biology which can be very messy - dissecting frogs etc) and the other female tends to wear well cut trousers and a smart top.
When I was at school female staff had to wear skirts/dresses, could not have bare legs in winter or summer and had to carry a handbag ( one teacher was sent home for non-compliance). They were a great example.
I don't think jeans are appropriate in any professional job - social worker, doctor, teacher, accountant, lawyer etc etc.

poshfrock Thu 17-Jan-13 09:26:23

And I BTW I don't think is is necessary for anyone to look "stylish" at work ( unless you work in fashion) I'd go for polished and professional everytime. Hair tied back ( both sexes), clean nails, polished shoes, opaque tops, everything ironed, no plunging necklines or short skirts, and legs covered - I hate bare legs on women. I don't care how hot it.

DoodlesNoodles Thu 17-Jan-13 09:34:58

The worst dressed are the women (past and present) who do the letters and the numbers on Countdown. It detracts me from my anagramming. sad

Too tight, too short, too long, too ugly, too wierd...... Lots of variety but in a bad way.

Ps I am not being sexist, I would say the same if the blokes wore those outfits hmm

PlumSykes Thu 17-Jan-13 09:58:08

Estate agents, for such. The last one I dealt with had a brocade suit, in the manner of late 90s Graham Norton.

JumpHerWho Thu 17-Jan-13 11:27:14

Poshfrock - lol at being sent home for not having a handbag, that is incredible.

I worked in Bangkok for a bit where people are extremely focused on physical appearance and I was once sent home to put make-up on hmm

NoelHeadbands Thu 17-Jan-13 11:37:35

When I was younger, there was a certain look, particular to art teachers. Mostly involved brightly coloured tights that baggied around the ankle, and polo necks worn with chunky necklaces and waistcoats.

The art teachers I know nowadays look normal.

Agree with weather girls though, our 'local' ones look dreadful

I'm very glad that academia doesn't insist on 'polished and professional'. Ironing! Gah. And polishing shoes.

I don't have a problem with short skirts or bare legs at work (on either gender, tbh). I personally wouldn't combine the two, purely because I think my legs need nice thick tights to get away with a short skirt. One of my lecturers came to the post-ceremony drinks reception at my UG university wearing neon shorts and a t-shirt (it was warm). It made for hilarious graduation photos.

I think people should be positively encouraged to wear weather appropriate clothes to work. There can be nothing worse that a room full of people sweltering in suits on a hot day. Eurgh.

ggirl Thu 17-Jan-13 12:11:30

maxmillie lolol at uber-trendies and IT geeks coming full circle

EbbNFlow Thu 17-Jan-13 12:13:48

My Gp practice is full of shockers. A couple of old blokes in crumpled shirts, accessorized with nostril hair. Waterfall cardis and awful long frumpy skirts seem to be de rigeur for the females.

Teachers seem to all wear leggings these days.

ggirl Thu 17-Jan-13 12:14:58

one of the teachers at ds' school wears velour track suit bottoms with tunics shock

Bunbaker Thu 17-Jan-13 12:16:30


Did anyone see the plumber scene in Miranda the other week?

fridgepants Thu 17-Jan-13 12:18:44

Call centre workers are generally poorly paid but expected to dress in "office wear", hence the poly trousers - I looked like crap as a temp as black doesn't suit me and it's hard to buy a whole new working wardrobe on 5.50ph. Didn't excuse the ties worn in thick fat knots, school-truant style, though.

montage Thu 17-Jan-13 12:19:21


fridgepants Thu 17-Jan-13 12:20:15

There was a dole office worker I saw who wore a crinkled peruna shirt and a bra so ill-fitting that she literally had four boobs.

ethelb Thu 17-Jan-13 12:20:46

estate agents

NoelHeadbands Thu 17-Jan-13 12:22:09

And Asda

niminypiminy Thu 17-Jan-13 12:49:43

But (referring to OP) not all clergy women

survivingwinter Thu 17-Jan-13 14:42:49

estate agents - all the young blokes with poncey gel and big knots in the tie!

The teachers at our school are all well dressed - clearly they all have more money than me to spend on clothes!

CharltonHairstyle Thu 17-Jan-13 15:52:32

Mobile phone salespeople.

Wet look gel and cheap suits...and that's just the women ;-)

Strippers, porn stars, pole dancers, glamour models

I work in the arts and its a fine line between looking cool enough and being comfortable for rehearsals, everyone carries around at least one change of clothes with them!

DH works for a games company, they ALL wear jeans and tshirts, and the company regularly gives them t shirts and hoodies with the company logo on....it's practically a uniform

QueefLatina Thu 17-Jan-13 18:16:00

I work in a library and it is a style desert, head to toe Fatface, White Stuff and Per Una.

However, the most glamorous person I know is an art teacher

Sunnywithshowers Thu 17-Jan-13 18:25:16

Charity fundraisers

I worked in fundraising for years and got progressively scruffier and scruffier, with the odd day where I'd scrub up for interviews / important meetings.

bootsycollins Thu 17-Jan-13 18:27:44

bigTillyMint you've hit the nail on the head with librarians! At my local library there are 2 main offenders one male one female who dress in full on polyester vintage (genuine vintage as in purchased by themselves in 1970). I call their look Open University circa 1976, seriously they could exhibit their wardrobes in a museum. Crazy hair, socks and sandals genuine article geeks none of this quirky geek revival for them they are the genuine article, I'd love to know what they do when their not working at the library........

Jins Thu 17-Jan-13 18:32:36

Gutted. I've been mentioned. sad

There's still nothing on this earth that would get me wearing Boden or M&S. I won't even set foot in Next. There's clearly no hope for me

Jins Thu 17-Jan-13 18:34:21

Oh and you've got DH as well.

It's a good job DS knows his way round a shopping centre or we'd be a houseful of laughing stocks

bigTillyMint Thu 17-Jan-13 18:49:42

Bootsy, are you sure they're not going for the full-on retro look?grin Sound way more exciting than our local librarians!

PoshPaula Thu 17-Jan-13 18:53:56

On the contrary, Montage. A lot of clowns are very snappy dressers.

montage Thu 17-Jan-13 18:58:40

Snappier than Social Workers certainly Paula, I'll grant you that.

PoshPaula Thu 17-Jan-13 19:03:37

And clown shoes must be purchased from specialist shops or on-line. (I'm not a clown. I once went to a Clown's Convention, by accident).

Often, people that wear uniforms dress badly in 'civvies'. I say people, I mean men, really.

MrsRebeccaDanvers Thu 17-Jan-13 19:35:40

fast food employees- polyester clothes that are too baggy and trousers that flap around their ankles.

thixotropic Thu 17-Jan-13 19:38:16

Deffo engineer types. I dress like a sack of shite

Arisbottle Thu 17-Jan-13 19:43:36

As a teacher I am bloody more stylish than a weather girl.

I suspect pay has a lot to do with this.

montage Thu 17-Jan-13 19:49:26

"I'm not a clown. I once went to a Clown's Convention, by accident."

Do tell!

I'm picturing a scenario like Cam in Modern Family who accidentally dresses up as a clown when he's stressed (he sleep-clowns)

Emergency services. All of them!

Computer Scientists

(That's my family taken care of then blush)

PoshPaula Thu 17-Jan-13 20:35:30

My DP took me to Butlin's for a surprise 'mini-break'. As if that wasn't bad enough, it turned out to be the European Clown Convention there that weekend. A discussion followed... I've put it behind me now. Your comment just brought it all flooding back.

The baggy trousers are a health and safety requirement in fast food restaurants. I used to (in my teenage years) work in McD's and one of my duties was performing particular health and safety checks, one of which was ensuring the everyone's trousers were baggy enough. One of my colleagues was quite overweight and her trousers were skin tight. I was supposed to inform her and a manager of the issue. However, she was going out with the manager. I just kept quiet because it really wasn't worth making a fuss about (especially when they paid me less than £3 an hour).

Murraylover Thu 17-Jan-13 22:34:06

Engineers. Especially Construction teams

I always wore fitting trousers when I worked in a large fast food emporium as a youth, no one picked up on it. Tshirts were vile but we did manage 100% cotton.

I wouldn't dream of having a manager pull me up on trousers too tight especially as I had to provide them myself!

Ah. They provided us with the ill fitting trousers. They actually had very tight waistbands and then were hideous and baggy.

They even had two styles of hat. A baseball cap (for men) and some hideous thing for women. Everyone tried to get a baseball cap when they were giving out uniforms.

I was supposed to go around checking the treds on everyone's shoes too. That was fun.

higgle Fri 18-Jan-13 09:40:17

Another vote for social workers - is a crumpled flowery skirt and a man's haircut uniform?

poshfrock Sat 19-Jan-13 07:54:49

Arbitrary why should academia be excused "polished and professional? If, as a student, I am paying £9k a year to attend your institution then I expect the employees of that institution to dress in a professional manner. When I was at uni I did a joint honours degree in English and Modern Languages. The ML staff were mainly male having learned the languages in question in the army during National Service. As a consequence they were mainly in their 50's and 60's and all wore a shirt and tie everyday. The only female member of staff was a native speaker who was always immaculately turned out and beautifully made up. I never even saw her wear trousers once in 4 years. By contrast the English staff all dressed as the students they once were 20/30 years previously. Scruffy jeans, t-shirts, battered old leather jackets. I was better turned out than they were. I has very little respect for the English staff.

In addition there is absolutely no reason why, on a hot day, people should not wear suits providing they are of the correct weight and cut of fabric. We are very bad at dressing professionally in warm weather in this country. People seem either to wear the same winter suits but with bare legs and sleeveless tops( I really don't want to see anyone's armpits at work) or they just dress as though they are on holiday (flip flops in the office ffs). Summer weight suits or a short-sleeved dress and jacket are surely preferable alternatives? Worn with sheer tights/stockings. No need for bare legs if the correct denier of leg covering is worn. And no open-toed sandals. How do you think professionals dress in countries where it is warm all year round?

knackeredmother Sat 19-Jan-13 07:58:00

I'm a Gp and I am very well dressed thankyou!

FreakoidOrganisoid Sat 19-Jan-13 08:14:59

Pre-school workers.

WHY do we have to wear hideous baggy polo shirts and hoodies?? What's wrong with a normal tshirt and a cardy?

I would never wear a polo shirt or a hoody in real life so always feel a right scruffy mess at work. Despise my uniform.

ninjasquirrel Sat 19-Jan-13 09:16:53

poshfrock if you only give respect to academics if they dress like lawyers, I think that might be your problem rather than theirs. I think the vast majority of students will be judging them on their teaching ability!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 19-Jan-13 11:45:52

DD's teacher is very well-dressed, as are most of the staff there - with the notable exception of the headmistress.
There are a number of parents, however, bedecked in polyester and poorly put together. They all seem to wear black boot cut trousers, swinging at the ankles and accessorised with black high heels and possibly a fleece jacket (cold weather) or floaty polyester blouse/sleeveless top (warm). They wear lanyards with photo ID, so I am guessing at a variety of local authority jobs as the district council offices are only a mile or two away.
Note to British office workers - you don't have to wear black trousers to look smart, fleece is only acceptable as outdoor workwear and PLEASE match your shoes to your outfit.
Sermon over.

hatgirl Sat 19-Jan-13 12:01:24

poshfrock uh oh.... i'm one of your professionals you think shouldn't wear jeans and i do because I would look really silly turning up to do my job wearing something smart!

LadyLetch Sat 19-Jan-13 12:31:01

Academics and IT people.

Art teachers are usually a law to themselves, but stylish in their own quirky way ime.

IAmSheWhoMustBeObeyed Sat 19-Jan-13 12:37:48

I live next to a nursery and all of the staff wear fleeces, polyester trews and have their hair scraped into a ponytail (Essex facelift)

kerstina Sat 19-Jan-13 15:25:18

Agree with child care workers. I am very reluctant to go back to a job where I have to wear a sweatshirt with bold lettering across it! Find it very depressing also realise I have become more shallow! I love picking clothes, makeup and wearing what I like and what suits me.
Disagree with social workers. I know one who is always immaculate. She loves clothes has a wonderful sense of style. Also love my cousins style who is an art teacher.

poshfrock Sat 19-Jan-13 15:36:51

Well I'm a lawyer ninja so by that rationale you'd hope my clients would only judge me on the legal advice I give and that if I turned up in jeans with holes in they wouldn't bat an eyelid and quite happily pay my bill, but I live in the real world and know that if I want my clients' respect ( and their money) then I have to dress appropriately. I don't see why that should be any different for academics.
And hatgirl of course there may be times for a professional to wear jeans. I would think that vets or surveyors would be examples. I did a site visit in the snow on Wednesday and I wore waterproof trousers and Wellington because that suited the occasion. I would expect a PE teacher to wear a track suit to work, but not an English teacher.

LouiseFisher Sat 19-Jan-13 15:40:59

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