THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY (TGIF)
This article applies to anyone who works in a corporate establishment that observes strict formal dress code every day of the week except on Fridays.
Thank God It’s Friday!!
I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to rock my newly designed native wear attire to work this morning. I can’t count the number of compliments I’ve received so far since I walked into the office some minutes ago.
You know what? Let’s count together –
First, the gate-man who looked at me and said: “Morning Oga, you look fine Sir”.
Next… the first receptionist [the married one] – “Mr. Kobi!! Mr. Kobi!! you look really nice this morning” as she smiled shyly,
Then, the second receptionist [the single one] who flirted with me in Ibo language saying “Nwoke mara mma, nna idi uto, imaka zi! Ke ebe idu m aga ta?” and a bunch of others tried to stop me for a head-to-toe assessment in a bid to shower more compliments.
But I wasn’t so much in the mood for that, as I was hurrying to get into my office, launch my laptop so as to write and post today’s Friday Style Inspiration Series article to inspire you guys. I guess my encounter with all these beautiful people this morning serves as the inspiration for this piece.
After my post on the Kobi Koachman Guide to Native wears some weeks back [see it here], I was having conversation with my very good friend Mr. IBK, a stylish gentleman who just like me, loves the good things of life –namely, Fine Wine, good food, classic wrist watches, Cool rides – Mercedes-Benz brand to be specific, clothes – suits and native wears preferably, beautiful intelligent women [well who doesn’t like beauty with brains] and generally the luxury lifestyle.
We sat in the lobby of an exotic hotel sipping my favorite creme liqueur based cocktail – Brandy Alexander and discussing various topics pertaining to style and fashion.
As a banker, Mr. IBK shared with me some of the rules that apply to Casual Fridays in banks. He said most banks are coming up with native wear dress code for Fridays with the aim of promoting African culture. He mentioned some of the fashion faux pax he sees many bankers make when rocking their native wear to work and other inappropriate casual clothing styles they wear all in a bid to observe “Casual Friday” dress code.
The irony of this is that the fashion blunder these men commit can only be noticed by a few people who really pay attention to details or the Human Resource department in some cases. In other words, these errors could be okay outside the workplace, but not suitable in the work environment on Fridays most especially.
Different companies would have different dress codes as well as etiquette, however, I’m going to summarize the dress and etiquette rules that apply to this industry. If this pertains to you, please check out these rules below and make every effort to adhere to it.
RULES FOR EVERY CORPORATE GENT – WHAT NOT TO WEAR ON FRIDAYS
1. Do not wear any form of Slippers or Sandals to work no matter how cool your dress is or how expensive your sandal or slip-on is.
The only exception is when you are wearing a native wear attire.
2. Never wear ripped jeans or tee shirts to work on Friday.
This outfit style is meant for a casual outing, after work hours such as the visit to the bar, club or any other form of casual visits or meetings.
3. Never wear face caps or round neck t-shirts alone to work on Friday if you work in this industry sector.
If you must wear a round neck t-shirt you should pair it with a nice Blazer jacket and Chinos.
4. Never remove your shoes in the office or move around bare footed or only your socks.
I see this a lot especially among IT professionals and Computer Programmers. If your shoe is too tight or hurts you when you wear it for long, please buy a new one. Contact Us and we’ll fix you up with a brand new shoe.
5. Never overdress to work on Friday.
Wearing an Agbada or Dashiki Native wear to work on a Friday is synonymous to wearing a Double Breasted Suit to the office on Monday-Thursday. Unless you are the business owner, this dressing is considered a little bit too much for the office environment. Wear only simple native wear attires and avoid these ones.
Well, there you have it….the rules that for every corporate gentleman, what not to wear to work on Friday.
Oh!! No!! No!! This cannot be happening, someone just walked into my office wearing a cream colored native wear and a Blue/Black KITO sandals. This is really BAD! How do I let him know this isn’t right without making him feel so bad this morning?
Well, let me wrap up this article quickly, publish, and then preach the style gospel to him. I’m sure after our discussion he will ditch the KITO Sandals and learn of more appropriate footwear for his native wear look.
Please excuse me for a moment, I’ll be right back…oh…while I’m away, let me know what you think so far by dropping your comments in the comment box below.. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! As always, remain classy!
Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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