Consumerism, Part II

From the Denver Post, 14 July, 2009, Style section: “For interns, looking good is part of job.”  I confess I read the article because of the caption accompanying the picture of a young lady in a sleeveless pink sheath:  Jen Murray, 20, a new business and public relations intern, hasn’t repeated an outfit in the three weeks since she started at Karsh\Hagan.

Wow.

But I should not have been surprised, because according to Mary Crane (a “workplace specialist and corporate lecturer”), “New hires and veteran employees alike should seek to consistently communicate through their attire that they are serious and successful professionals.”  But given the current economy, she allowed that “this is the year to opt for more conservative attire when dressing for work.”

And here I thought it was the high quality of work that communicated seriousness and successfulness, and that a more appropriate response to the economic crisis was to show the ability to be fiscally conservative by opting to wear the same outfit, say, every ten days or so . . . .  But what do I know — no one pays attention to what doctors wear under their lab coats.  And then, of course, historians are not exactly well-known for their sartorial splendor.

A few weeks ago the 21-year old next door (mother of Birthday Girl) had to do ALL her laundry at one time . . . .  Many hours and loads later, all the clothes were washed, dried, and . . . .  there was no room for all her clean clothes!  But there she was, a couple of weeks later, telling her mother that she had NOTHING TO WEAR, and NO MONEY to buy new clothes for the upcoming school year because she had spent the summer working as an unpaid intern.

Life is SOOOOOO unfair!

Opie, demonstrating why a white fur coat is appropriate every day of the week -- with perhaps a string of pearls for excitement.
Opie, with a string of pearls for wardrobe excitement.
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