Can I be upset about this? My (female) boss said…. [Halloween Related]

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

mchitt329:  honestly…it looks like a stripper costume.  The comment was probably out of line but it looks like a stripper custume…

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can be upset if you want, but it does look like a stripper costume.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

…..I vote that any costume with the word “sexy” in the title is probably not cool for work. Sorry.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

mchitt329: If you aren’t wearing the thigh high boots and have on normal office pants, then I don’t think it’s inappropriate.  And yes, you are allowed to feel upset by her comment. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I have to agree that it does kind of look like a stripper costume. That’s not to say that it’s outside the norm for Halloween – standard women’s Halloween costumes seem to be “Sexy Nurse”, “Sexy Cop”, “Sexy Maid”, “Sexy Angel”, “Sexy Devil”, so the stripperishness is kind of built-in to the holiday for most costumes.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

Anything “sexy” in the name itself is not meant to be worn at work. Take it at face value that it is, learn from this and wear something more office appropriate next time if you are going to dress up. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I think if you wore regular office slacks, no boots, and had less of the girls hanging out (as you say), then I wouldn’t immediately think “stripper!” But yeah, that comment was inappropriate.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Pretty much any “sexy” halloween costume looks like a stripper costume.  You’re free to be upset if you want, but it’s pretty much a fact those kinds of costumes do look like some outfit a stripper would wear.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I would not wear a skin-tight catsuit to work, and I do think it’s inappropriate for most career environments

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This is why I would never dress up in a professional setting, you’re opening yourself up to be judged.. You may think you made the costume more conservative but, what’s too sexy and what’s conservative is very subjective.

Her comment may have been inappropriate but, so was the costume for the workplace.

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

You can  be upset about anything, but if you wear a costume that is ‘sexy (something)’ then is shouldn’t be a surprise that others see it as such.  If you have to wonder if you can be upset … then I think you’re looking for something to be upset about.  Let it go. If you don’t like others at least thinking (if not saying) stripper, then wear something less overt next time.  There are plenty of costumes that don’t bring that connotation at all.  If you wanted to play off of the law office thing, then go as a prisoner, or a “mug shot” or a SWAT team member.      

Post # 14
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Helper bee

mchitt329:  They certainly wear less at the END of the dance, but they have to start with something to strip off (if they are actually “stripping” and not just gyrating naked the whole time, that is).

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yeah, I have to agree with the others.  Not the most office-appropriate costume there.

Her comment may not have been welcome but it’s not false.

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