Can I ban t-shirts in the office?

Dear Aunty B, 

Thanks for yesterday’s update on men’s fashion. My problem is not about how I dress but how my staff dresses!

I have a couple of young blokes who wear t-shirts in the office and sometimes even singlets. One wore a beer singlet the other day! When I asked him where he got it in a rather pointed way he happily told me Phuket.

The t-shirters work in IT, work long hours and rarely leave the office (I don’t know where they sleep). But we have a lot of people who come and visit the office and we try to steer them past the grots in a hurry.

I told them to smarten up but all they did was go out and buy new t-shirts.
Then I hit on it. If I banned t-shirts in the office, they would be forced to smarten up! Can I do that?

LT,
Melbourne

Dear LT,

Ban them from the office? Listen mate. I am appointing you CEO of the Human Race so you could ban t-shirts from the entire Planet Earth. What an awful garment the t-shirt is: an unattractive piece of fabric that stretches across the middle – and the back – in the most unflattering way, shouting to all and sundry, look at me, I don’t give two hoots how I look and what you think!

I make one concession: t-shirts can look great on anyone under 18… at a pinch 19. But I doubt you are employing them in the office.

So do us all a favour. Ban them, ban them, ban them!

Good luck!
Your Aunty B

 

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