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Bank Tellers

Since I prefer paying my bills online, using ATMs and generally avoiding the human element, life has become more convenient. Once in a while though, I do have to line up and deal with a human… I can’t deposit USD through the ATM and generally, anything to do with foreign funds has to be done at the counter. Having to do this has reminded me of the one thing I miss about coming face to face with bank tellers: seeing what they wear.

They’re a great source of ideas. I’ve gotten some nifty ideas on what to wear from them. It makes total sense. They have a mandatory dress code, they’re required to look presentable, neat, tidy and professional. But, at the same time, they also have quite a bit of free range within their guidelines to allow for personal taste and style.

I’ve never thought magazines and run-ways were a good place to look for fashion ideas. Models in the fashion industry actually have adolescent boys’ bodies, sometimes with breast implants, sometimes without. I can’t speak for anyone else, but that’s nowhere near what my body looks like, so whatever they’re wearing will usually not work for me at all. But bank tellers are more likely real people, real women with real and different body shapes and sizes. I’m much more likely to see them modelling something practical and accessible that would look good on me than a run-way model.

It’s a crap shoot to be watching bank tellers for fashion ideas. I don’t always see something spiffy enough to copy, but when I do, it’s fantastic. Especially when it’s something that I can do with things that I already have! And it’s random enough that I can’t be accused of copy-catting most of the time because I’m not in the same environment.

The other day, I saw a bank teller girl wearing a black lace-trimmed camisole underneath a midnight blue button-down cotton shirt. Only the button at her diaphragm (right under her breasts) was done up. The rest of the buttons were open. The black cami was one colour and in a tasteful style. The colours were muted and not flashy, bright or loud. It didn’t show a lot of skin because there was a fresh, ironed, cotton shirt over it, so the whole thing was stylish without being trashy. She was a fairly heavy-set girl, but the princess cut of the shirt made it very flattering on her body.

I have a black lace-trimmed cami. I have the same shirt, except mine is burgundy/wine red. I recognized the ‘V’ cut on the sleeve. I did the same thing that she did with clean, crisp black pants and non-descript black heels. My boots are very similar to this Ralph Lauren pair except mine are no-names and were only CAD$45.00. My pants cover most of it, so the buckle on those Ralph Laurens would not be visible anyway. I got mine three years ago and I’m still wearing them. I wore that to work one day when we had a VP/Product Champion in the office for meetings.

It wasn’t dressy enough that people thought I was interviewing for another job, but I did get positive comments on it from others in the office. It was up a notch from the regular, geeky, IT Jeans-and-Blah™. =)



Comments:

I too love bank tellers for their clothing choices. Brilliant dress code, that is.
Let’s not forget the casual, yet sophisticated hair styles as well.

J L

Yes. =) Airline flight attendants are good to watch for hair styles too. They can’t do much about their uniforms, but their up-do’s are pretty nifty sometimes.

do you know the "chic simple" series?

fabulous resource! if you go to Amazon and enter “chic simple,” the titles come up.

these books are great because

1) they don’t feature itty bitty models, JUST THE CLOTHES, MA’AM, just the clothes;

2) they explain about cut and quality of clothes and give advice for basic wardrobe building blocks;

3) the photos are clean and lovely,

4) they contain great quotes, a little history of fashion and garment construction, and bits of wisdom about personal style.

whether you’re “learning” or a “full-on fashionista,” the series is supper cool.

Unfortunately the the bank tellers at my bank here in Seattle wear uniform shirts with the bank name on them. I also like to watch women on the local news programs. True, you only see from the waist up but that helps.

J L

Ooo, that’s a good one too! =)

ILoveAhmed feels pretty good...

Teller Clothes, free from the bank

The bank I worked at gave us a whole set of clothes but we had to buy our own jacket. The clothes were NICE. And every friday was called casual day but that meant we got to wear a different business suit of our own.

J L

[is jealous] I wish Work would give me a nice wardrobe.

I have a baby doll polo shirt with a really nice embroidered crest and some other stuff that makes it look almost like a military uniform. But that’s it. =)


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