Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Long Sleeve Or Short Sleeve?

The weather has been scorching hot the past couple of weeks. And they say it will last throughout the month of March. Good god, that is crazy indeed! I don't even remember the weather being this hot a couple of years ago.
 
It's so hot that the moment I'm done with my shower, the sweat starts trickling down my back again. I just feel like sitting in the bathroom with the shower on all day long. I practically dread having to even step out of the house but unfortunately I do have appointments to go to and clients to see.

Even driving in my air conditioned car is not much help cos the sun is so blazingly hot by midday that my arms are getting burnt like crazy. I think by the time the rains come next month my arms will be a different shade of colour from the rest of me! But there's no way to avoid that, seeing as how I do HAVE to hold on to the steering while I drive.

I could always opt to use that sleeve like thing those aunties use when they drive but I'd look like a complete moron ... LOL! And don't even ask me to try using a long sleeved shirt cos I hate long sleeve shirts.

Besides I only own one pair of long sleeve shirt that is reserved just for formal occasions which wifey has named my 'baju kahwin' (wedding shirt) cos on the occasions that I even use it, she always look at me and say,

'Wah, you getting married ah, today?'

Besides she doesn't like me using that long sleeved shirt either cos she says it's sooooo old fashioned. And she's absolutely right cos I can't even remember how old that shirt is. Like I said I don't fancy long sleeved shirts hence not bothering to get new ones. In fact, I think my best buddy gave me that shirt years ago.

I'm the kind of guy who only uses short sleeve shirts or even t-shirts. I am not at all comfortable having to dress up. Just give me a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and I'll be more than happy. Back when I used to work full time, I would dread it when I have to do some major presentation or pitch for an account cos then I would have to make myself presentable and actually have to dress up proper with long sleeves, slacks and a necktie even! Shudder!

That's another thing I really hate having to put on, which is a necktie. I can't stand having to wear a necktie all day long. Most of the time, I would remove it and roll up my sleeves the moment the meeting, presentation or pitch was over. If I could change into my jeans and t-shirt right there and then, I would.

A colleague of mine once asked me why I detest wearing a long sleeve shirt, slacks and necktie. Well, first of all it's damn bloody uncomfortable and hot having your arms covered up all day and the bloody necktie practically chokes you breathless!

'Then roll up your sleeves and loosen your tie,' he would say.

Now if I were  to do that, I might as well wear short sleeves and not use a tie, right? I mean why wear a long sleeve shirt and then roll it up, isn't that what short sleeve shirts are for? And if you're going to loosen your tie, you might as well not use it in the first place.

Since I do have to meet clients quite a bit, I compromise in my dressing. Most of the time I'll just wear a pair of jeans and a short sleeve shirt which is at least presentable cos I know there are people who take your appearance and what you wear quite seriously. I've been in an embarrassing situation before with the way I was dressed.

There was this time when I had to see a client for the first time (an executive director) to present something. Unfortunately that day, I was dressed in t-shirt and jeans and when I arrived there, his secretary looked at me and thought I was a dispatch boy sending documents over! Then when I was finally admitted in to see the client, he looked at me and said, 

'Oh, you're Nick ah? I thought you were some dispatch boy!'

What? Only dispatch riders wear jeans and T-shirts, ah? Even though I still wasn't going to compromise on my dressing or having to dress to please other people, from that day on I decided that at least a pair of short sleeve shirt to go along with my jeans would be a little more presentable and people won't mistake me for the delivery or dispatch boy, well unless of course dispatch boys decided to start using short sleeve shirts, that is ... LOL!

But all that said and done, I still don't compromise that much on the way I dress. I'm still a jeans and t-shirt kinda guy and if people don't like the way I dress, well that's too bad for them. I don't dress to please people or even try to be fashion conscious with some of the latest fashions looking absolutely clown like. I dress to feel comfortable. And if wearing just a towel would make me feel comfortable, then trust me, I would ... LOL!

It's a good thing I work from home these days cos I get to just wear shorts and t-shirt all day long, well unless I have to go out that is.
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26 comments:

  1. You should be able to pull anything off since you're in the creative industry.

    It's nice working from home!!

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  2. You can have a jacket in the car to cover your fore arms... when it's hot or cold!

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  3. Gosh it sounds good to work from home! I would love to be semi casual and come to work.

    But yes, long sleeved shirts/blouses are annoying!

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  4. It is the time again. Hot and a lot of diseases spreading!

    I always tease my hubby why wearing long sleeves if he likes to roll them up and turn into short sleeves shirt.

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  5. BT - LOL! It doesn't always work out as I plan.

    Working from home has its great moments :D

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  6. Terra - That's another thing I dislike, jackets ... LOL!

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  7. Sriyany - It is great working from home. So much less stress :D

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  8. Rose - Can't wait for this heat wave to go away!

    LOL! Don't la tease your hubby so much ...

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  9. if only i can wear t-shirt and jeans to work.
    but yeah, the weather...aiyooo, memang torture man!

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  10. Carol - Try la one day and see what happens ... hehehe ... by the way, got dress code kah at school for teachers?

    If this heat wave keeps up, I'm going to sleep in the fridge ... LOL!

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  11. Stick with the jeans and t-shirt! Your 'professionalism' will come through in your work and in your attitude.

    AND.... I for one, think people do a MUCH BETTER JOB when they are COMFORTABLE!

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  12. hey lucky u! can work from home. and HELLO DISPATCH MAN! :P my dad is a headmaster and he has to wear LONG SLEEVES AND TIE every damn day. i really wonder how is he coping with it especially in kluang it hasnt rained for very long time already

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  13. i heard from our local radio station that the weather will continue until May..mati la ini macam!

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  14. at least you still can wear you so-called ancient long-sleeved shirt to date..*sigh

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  15. hahahahah... i can't imagine you pakai the aunties sleeve la...hahaha that would be really funny man...

    And congrats with opening your own business! All the best :D

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  16. I am so jealous! It's so cold in the UK. I look about 5 stone heavier with all the layers of clothes I have to wear. I even wear a jumper in bed. Can we have some of your sunshine please? Just a little?

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  17. PS: Can you please send some of that WARM weather over here? Its friggen freeeeezing in NJ

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  18. Meleah - I intend too ... hehehe ... Yes, being comfortable is a must for me.

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  19. Xin - Oh my, I'd have melted if I was your dad ... LOL! It's really hot la these days that if it doesn't rain soon, I'm going to dance naked in my yard ... hahaha!

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  20. Mama Mia - Until May? Aiyooooo, die la!

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  21. Khemy - LOL! Yes, at least it's still not that outdated yet!

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  22. Emelda - Hahaha ... I can't imagine it myself. I'd look really silly la ...

    Thanks for the wishes :D

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  23. The World According To Me - I would give anything right now to wear 5 layers of clothing. It's really blistering in these part of the world right now.

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  24. Meleah - I tell you what, you send some of that cold here and I'll send ALL the heat there ... LOL!

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  25. yes, govt school definitely has dress code to go to work....and wearing t-shirt and jeans to work? definitely a no-no.

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  26. Carol - Kesian ... hehehe ... I'm sure all the teachers would be more comfortable teaching in a much more casual attire though.

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