Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gripe: Dress-Down Fridays

Why is it that we are made to wear shirts, ties and Western office attire all week, but only one day in the week (Friday) has been assigned to smart traditional wear?

More importantly, why do we call that day 'Dress Down Day'?

Ghanaians have issues.


  1. Certainly I don't think that workers wearing traditional/African/Ghanaian cloth on Fridays are "dressing down". Though I suppose there is a contrast with a suit and tie for men, and the dark skirt and jacket for women.

    Luckily for me, I have been able to wear "African" prints every working day. :-)

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  3. I thought it was called national wear day or something? And I think it probably has a lot to do with the colo mentality that STILL haunts us here in Africa. I personally NEVER sectioned off my national pride dressing to Fridays and would wear Afro-cultured clothing any day I liked and no one ever told me I could only dress that way on Fridays. I think it's really down to personal choice.

    To be honest with you they only wear all that garb in the west because it's cold and I never did get why African men would put themselves through the torture of wearing a suit in this African heat. Seems a bit like nobody is willing to think things through themselves but would rather just do what everyone else is doing (like sheep, and you know where they are going...)