I was running late today and couldn't figure out what to wear so I threw on a pair of jeans and a black kurta and rushed out of the house. Our office does have a policy of formals on weekdays but it's not very strictly enforced and we have people (usually back-office and marketing people) wear jeans on weekdays as well.
I usually wear only formals to work except on casual Thursdays.
And even then, I usually wear heels. Today, I wore flats.
I walk into the reception and who do I see there? Toni!
Toni the German works for our vendor who gives us the most business. I am one of the people who manage the product that his company sells.
Toni is very very German! He's always two mins early for an appointment, he's very particular about everything he does and wants everything to be very correct! He's wearing a suit and when he stands to shake hands with me, he's towering over me in his 6ft2inches against my short frame (5ft3.25inches and yes! The point 25 does count!)
As we're talking, my boss walks over. And then, his boss comes in the door, bringing with him 3 other people who work with our vendor. They're all in suits and all over 6ft tall! Even the woman! They bend down to shake hands with me! (white people are tall!)
This is not going to help me with the tough and aggressive business-woman image I'm trying to portray! Hell! I look like the daughter someone brought in to work for bring-your-child-to-work day!
Of all days, why'd I have to wear casuals to work todayyy?!