Interesting opinions in here.
I wear my blacks and my cap (with my restaurant name on it) to/from work without a change of clothes. I don't want to ruin my street clothes with sweat and the smell of food, and my hat hair is messy so I keep the cap on.
I even go to restaurants after a long shift to eat dinner wearing the same clothes.
Most of the time I try to keep my jacket clean with an apron (which I always take off before stepping outside or going to the bathroom.
Everyone in my kitchen sometimes runs out to FOH bar to get beer or liquor for a recipe, but no one dolls themself up for doing so.
Employees do enter through a side/back door though. And my workplace allows employees to drink at the bar after shift in our jacket and hat, even though the company bylaws don't allow it (we are a more laid back concept of the restaurant ownership group).
Shit, some of the big bosses have even come in and drank while working or pulled our Exec chef out to the bar to have a shot of Fireball or two while discussing daily matters.
I just have the mindset that I don't care what people think about me. Even though I like wearing my jacket, I don't like the way I look in it--all black, everything is super baggy on me.
Keep in mind that when I work out in the gym, I wear a shirt with the sleeves and sides cut off down to the waist band and I have usually have a nipple showing--which to some people is extremely douchey.
Cliffs on my opinion:
-Do what you want, don't care about what other people think. Lion doesn't concern themselves with the opinions of sheep.
-And ultimately depends on where you work. My restaurant is pretty laid back.