I don't think there is anything anyone can do to make this better,but need to vent!

(34 Posts)
notapoloshirtperson Sat 06-Apr-13 19:19:09

I have worked for the same company for 4 yrs.

Up until now we didn't wear uniforms.just told to dress smartly without too much flesh on show.

I work in fairly high end customer service and am on call 24/6.
I work in a very hot country. I usually wear smart shift dresses and flat ballet pumps or sandals when dealing with customers. I work alone mainly on a one to one.We had name tags worn in a necklace style for ID purposes and also carry a file with co logo. So easily identifiable.

I have been informed that I now have to wear a polo shirt!
I haven't seen it in the flesh, only a photo. It doesn't look nice at all.
I am 5'2". Size 10 hour glass figure. My bottom does not look good in trousers.I am 40.

How can anyone make a polo shirt look nice? What on earth will I wear with it? How can sportswear be considered smart? Will baseball caps be their next plan?

To top it all I don't think they are 100% cotton and I will be provided with just 2 and they are white. How will I stop sweat patches?

Thanks for listening, I know I am probably overeacting, I am so upset, but the on call thing complicates things, as at the moment I can go and do my shopping/go for lunch etc and wear a nice dress. Now what??

Havingkittens Sat 06-Apr-13 19:32:59

With a pencil skirt and a wide belt?

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 06-Apr-13 19:33:07

There is no way to make a polo shirt uniform look attractive. You have my sympathies.

iworemyfringelikerogermcguinns Sat 06-Apr-13 19:35:51

a vest under the shirt will stop sweat patches (i too used to work in a vvv hot country with very formal dress codes!)

notapoloshirtperson Sat 06-Apr-13 19:45:37

Wally, thank you for understanding, and feeling my pain!

Having, Pencil skirt only good for me with high heels as I am short. Very uneven pavements here so unfortunately not an option. Bless you for trying, though!!

iwore, great tip thanks. Sweat patches would be adding insult to injury!

notapoloshirtperson Sat 06-Apr-13 19:47:34

I think I may just get me some harem pants...let's see what the customers have to say about that?????

HarrySnotter Sat 06-Apr-13 19:48:33

I have to wear a green polo shirt. They are horrific. I make sure mine are ironed to within an inch of their lives, wear with a pencil skirt and belt. I also wear pretty scarves in fairly muted tones to at least try to make it look smarter.

HarrySnotter Sat 06-Apr-13 19:49:24

Mid heel wedges?

BinksToEnlightenment Sat 06-Apr-13 19:50:10

Could you take the logo off theirs and sew it onto your own? It will still be a polo shirt, but you could get a fitted cotton one?

that is just horrific shock

probably a breach of human rights wink

notapoloshirtperson Sat 06-Apr-13 19:58:46

Missbeehiving, I agree!!!

I am going through my contract as we speak. Can they really force me to wear this???

Binks, I have asked for the smallest size. I have rather an ample cleavage, though, but I know fitted is better than baggy!
Out of curisity how many of these beastly items of clothing have you been issued with?
Do you agree that 2 for a 6 day week is insufficient? I worry about yellowing under the arms.

Harry, I thought about the scarf to disguise the hideous top, but still the bottom half has to be considered....!
I know the scarf will be hot, but still!

notapoloshirtperson Sat 06-Apr-13 20:02:26

Sorry, got muddled, the how many tops was for Harry not blinks!!

It's all the upset, am really not myself today...!

RandomMess Sat 06-Apr-13 20:07:21

Ask if you can buy some extras?

Bermuda shorts and flats? If they want naffola ....

notapoloshirtperson Sun 07-Apr-13 08:40:50

Travail, yes maybe that is the way to go.
They have clearly decided to drop the smart dress code, so maybe I should embrace it. Floral bermudas/denimn cut offs with flip flops. A garish, slightly see through sarong. Or maybe just bikini bottoms?

Random, yes, I will need extras but I will not be buying them, that's for sure!

Quite tempted to just put the polo shirt over my nice dresses when dealing with customers, then whip the bloody thing off when I get in the car? May look a bit odd, but hey ho.

Thanks for your suggestions.

HarrySnotter Sun 07-Apr-13 08:52:49

Aw, you do sound upset about this, it's crap when you have to wear things that make you feel rubbish! The scarves are not too bad, I usually wear kind of chiffony type ones.

notapoloshirtperson Sun 07-Apr-13 10:23:36

Thanks Harry. It is also the practicality. If I worked in an office 8 hours a day no probs.
I deal directly with customers 6 long mornings. Then most days I can go off and do my own thing, but deal with telephone enquiries and may have to go out again at any point. I do have to try to carry on my life as normally as possible. I suppose I will have to keep a uniform in the car and change as and when needed.
I quite liked dressing up a bit for work, I felt smart and felt I was a good ambassador for the company. I suppose I won't feel as proud of my appearance anymore. I think repeat customers will think WTF. I don't know, maybe lose their respect for my role.
I am probably massively overthinking!!!
I am not opposed to uniforms. It just doesn't seem practical. Maybe they will create a system where we are not on call all the time to compensate?

NoelHeadbands Sun 07-Apr-13 10:24:50

God that's shite, I think I'd have to go the slightly casual route and wear it with smart shorts or something

Tortington Sun 07-Apr-13 10:29:58

there must be a staff feedback option forum /suggestion box/e-mail the chief exec type thing

is that an option?

Longdistance Sun 07-Apr-13 10:36:42

For a start 2 shorts is not enough if you work 6 days. You need at least 4. Most of my jobs, actually, all the jobs I have done have involved uniform of some kind.
I agree a polo shirt is far from sexy, or glamorous, it's not particularly smart either, come to think of it.
Can you do glamour hair and make up to make you feel sexy/ glamorous. Team them with a pencil skirt, some nice tailored trousers?

HungryClocksGoBackFourSeconds Sun 07-Apr-13 10:52:08

Ralph Lauren models tend to wear them tucked into cream trousers with a thick brown belt.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sun 07-Apr-13 11:49:17

I would have thought in a hot country you'd need 6 Polo shirts minimum. I mean if they are a light colour you don't tend to have a huge wash load of whites so you just can't wash the same ones every night.

I would go and buy some of my own. Jersey fabrics fit a cleavage better than piquet fabrics, but Ralph Lauren have some nice fitted plain ones with a long row of buttons more fitting to a larger cleavage.

You could wear a linen snood around your neck with the collars tucked up inside. Then it wouldn't be too hot as the fabric is lighter. Or a small triangle scarf around your neck.

If I was going for smart I think I'd wear with a wide brown leather belt or obi style belt, and some dark cigarette pants or capris.

If you are going for the slouchy cut off shorts look then you could get an oversized polo?

I used to work for Ralph Lauren and Polos were the staple office item. Some women wore them layered one under the other so that there were different colored collars layered IYSWIM? Or a light linen knit tank top over them.

Trills Sun 07-Apr-13 12:07:54

I agree, there is no way to make a uniform polo shirt look nice.

Could you get it taken in at the back to be more shaped?

DeafLeopard Sun 07-Apr-13 14:28:54

YY to no way to make a polo look stylish.

Good tips from Wally though to make it slightly less awful

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sun 07-Apr-13 14:41:14

You poor thing, I'd be appalled too.

It's a sports top, only good for wearing with a tennis skirt and trainers!

DeafLeopard Sun 07-Apr-13 20:48:15

I can understand a polo top being uniform in a day nursery or DIY store etc, but in a high end customer service role - no it just doesn't fit the bill.

MrsKoala Sun 07-Apr-13 21:26:15

i feel your pain. i used to work in a high end bar in central London (serving drinks - before your smutty minds leap to conclusions!) which had a glamourous atmosphere and we were told to dress as if we were going on a sophisticated night out. I went on holiday and arrived back to find it had been bought out, and was being turned into a sports bar - we were to wear polo shirts, no make up and all hair scraped back. shock

i actually quit. <not helpful i know>

notapoloshirtperson Sun 07-Apr-13 22:13:32

MrsKoala, I feel like quitting. However in the current climate it's not an option. And I really love my job!

Also I felt I was over reacting, though it's good to have the opinions on here confirm that I am not being silly about this!

Deaf,I also feel a polo shirt is for the getting messy type jobs, to save your own clothes from getting ruined. I have worked in childcare and happily wore a polo shirt. I do recall having 3 for a 5 day week, though!

I just can't understand why on earth they would choose to put us in polo shirts, when there are so many other options to choose from!

Anyway, I will have to just suck it up. I have made my feelings known, and believe my collegues have done the same.

The shirts have a logo, so unable to wear a similar/nicer fitting top. They obviously need the free advertising!!

Thanks for all your help!

NomDeOrdinateur Mon 08-Apr-13 09:21:30

That's ridiculous - poor you! If I were you, I'd get the polo shirts altered to fit you better (wider at the top than the bottom, and change the sleeves to cap sleeves). I'd probably wear it like this but with a longer skirt.

RE the perspiration problem - if you really can't get more shirts, I'd recommend using dress shields to protect the armpit areas, and wear a thin cotton vest top underneath.

notapoloshirtperson Mon 08-Apr-13 11:13:12

Thanks Nom!

notapoloshirtperson Mon 08-Apr-13 11:22:42

Quite liking the Amy Winehouse look! Just need to get some red stilletos and book a few sessions with the tatooist! >goes off to practise back combing hair..

DeafLeopard Mon 08-Apr-13 12:05:07

Actually the Amy Winehouse look isn't too bad - are you any good with doing alterations?

notapoloshirtperson Mon 08-Apr-13 12:40:53

No, I can't ,but one of my collegues is a whizz with a sewing machine!
She is equally horrified, she is far more glamorous, than I am!

Yep think mega glam, may be the way to go.If I wear towering stillettos and red lipstick, who is going to notice the low cut polo shirt with too much cleavage?
I don't have to do too much walking, still, concerned about ankle breakage on uneven pavements...

Am I brave enough though??

NomDeOrdinateur Mon 08-Apr-13 12:56:39

You're welcome, glad I could help! I had a similar problem a few years back and that solution worked for me - it's worth spending a bit on finding a subtly interesting belt and matching shoes (mine were oxblood leather, with black clothes).

One tip though - if your workplace is suddenly introducing a uniform, it's probably best to get the enforcers to accept that the altered top/waist belt/skirt/heels combo is the most professional look you can achieve, before you start pushing boundaries by making more of a statement with undone buttons and obvious make-up. I've always found that suddenly bestowing uniform enforcement responsibilities suddenly on a person often brings out "the traffic warden within" (especially if A- they don't have to wear any uniform, or B- they have to wear the same uniform and aren't pulling it off as well as you are).

Good luck smile.

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