Originally Posted by Just Jim
That isn't professionalism.
That's dressing according to the accepted standard of the venue.
If the standard is black pants then yes, you're correct.
If the standard is "wear what's comfortable, no one can see you", then that too is professional.
A blanket statement doesn't work in this area I'm afraid.
A blanket statement, if you want to call it that to fit your stance, certainly works in this instance, because it's an opinion.
Dressing like a clown is unprofessional, it's that simple.. a CEO of a forbes company doesn't show up to board meetings wearing Tommy Bahama shirts and cargo shorts, why? because it's unprofessional.
This industry gets a bad enough rap by outsides for the supposed way all the cooks/chefs act outside of kitchens, let alone start slacking in the way that we dress as well.
I fail to see how you don't understand that your appearance is all part of being professional, are you that ignorant?
Call it the "dress standard" if you please, but any place that allows you to "wear whatever is comfortable" doesn't have high standards, anyways.
That's what is becoming increasingly wrong with "professonal" kitchens, a lack of care and respect for the industry as a whole.