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   I understand that a lot of executives now indulge in Friday dressing. (August 5, 2000)

It is a new concept. On Fridays, they dress more informally than on the rest of the weekdays but more formally than on Saturdays. Sundays is family dressing, which means father and son wear the same clothes when the family goes to the Rotisserie for champagne brunch.On Mondays, I am told, it is power dressing. Also on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A jacket is always there, but carried on a hanger attached to the window frame of the car. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are luncheon appointment days, but on Tuesdays the suit is a little lighter, because the lunch is at the Rotary Club. On Wednesdays it is more executive because it is a working lunch, with a client, or government official, or a business colleague.On Thursday afternoons, post lunch, the jacket is allowed to be removed in the office and the tie knot slightly loosened at the neck.I have not quite understood the difference between Friday dressing and Saturday dressing. For executives who are off on Saturdays, Friday dressing is very much like Saturday dressing.

But for those executives who work on Saturdays, Friday dressing is a little more formal: tie but no jacket, and half sleeve shirts. The tie is floral and the shirt may be checks, large broad checks. The colours are happy, but not mis-match.Saturday dressing means khaki colours, at the moment at least. And definitely no tie. Some junior executives knot a silk scarf around their neck, but that is not Saturday dressing. The khaki, however, must look like khaki worn to office and not khaki on the beach. This is easily worked out - the more expensive it is, the more Saturday dressing it is, and check the labels.There is no special code for Sunday dressing, except that it should be something that an executive will not be seen dead in on a weekday, or even Friday a Saturday.

A T-shirt is compulsory, with a message on it, and it should compliment the message on junior's T-shirt. (Junior is son, in America.) Shorts, just under the knees, are fine, but the latest is Dockers. They look like something picked on Fashion Street, but cost a bomb. Shoes are open top, more like Roman sandals, but not keds, definitely not keds. Keds are for Saturday dressing. For Sunday brunch, the Rotisserie admits its clients dressed thus, so there is no problem there. But there may be a problem entering The Oberoi itself.Coming to myself, I dress the same every day. Proline shirt, ColorPlus trousers, Bata shoes, Akbarally socks. This may be because I am not an executive, and there are no Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in my life.

 
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