I was in San Jose for a meeting last week and was astonished when I glanced across the conference table and saw one of the women marketing execs wearing what looked like a nightgown: a low-cut camisole in shiny lavender satin with spaghetti straps. Since she was wearing it with designer jeans and a casual beige cotton jacket, my first thought was that perhaps she was having a nervous breakdown and had forgotten her bra and shirt while getting dressed.
My concerns about her mental health (though not her business sense) were allayed by a Cox News Service article in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporting that satin camisoles are now the dernier cri in officewear.
I now find myself trying to think of a situation in which a low-cut, bras-less satin camisole would be appropriate for the workplace. Perhaps if you worked in a bordello? Or perhaps if you had the body of a movie star? My colleague, unfortunately, falls into neither of these categories. She just looked like a desperately single business bimbo who's been reading too much Cosmo.