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Black Pants: I actually mistook someone for a waiter today

post #1 of 19
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I went to a charity dinner today as a volunteer. I needed cutlery and I asked the first guy I saw wearing the waiter's uniform (white dress shirt, black pants)... after about 2 seconds I realized he wasn't a waiter... he was a guest.
post #2 of 19
I see the "black pants/black suit" hate hasn't died down just yet - guess it just doesn't suit some skin tones.

troop
post #3 of 19
I was in a higher end store today and saw a reasonably well dressed, but very stylish woman. We looked at each other and simultaneously asked "do you work here?"

It was good stuff.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by atroopan View Post
I see the "black pants/black suit" hate hasn't died down just yet
Such silliness.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by atroopan View Post
I see the "black pants/black suit" hate hasn't died down just yet - guess it just doesn't suit some skin tones.

troop

You cannot be a big timer, if you dress like a small timer.
post #6 of 19
My very best pants is a pair of black gabardine pants actually.
I can assure you I don't look anything like a waiter when I dress it up.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
I went to a charity dinner today as a volunteer. I needed cutlery and I asked the first guy I saw wearing the waiter's uniform (white dress shirt, black pants)... after about 2 seconds I realized he wasn't a waiter... he was a guest.

Well did he carry himself like a waiter? I often wear a white shirt and black plants but don't get mistaken for a waiter...and I'm black!
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
I went to a charity dinner today as a volunteer. I needed cutlery and I asked the first guy I saw wearing the waiter's uniform (white dress shirt, black pants)... after about 2 seconds I realized he wasn't a waiter... he was a guest.

This happened to one of my friends at a charity ball. Being the bigger man, he acknowledged the request, went to look for a "real" waiter to get the 2 extra glasses of wine requested, handed it over to the guy, bid him good evening and then went about his routine. Saved a whole lot of embarassment for both parties.
post #9 of 19
Some people do think something that I'm a sale assistant in dessigner shopswhen I'm wearing my navy blue suit without a tie...
Not a question of colour but maybe people's perception after all ..
Nothing to be offended by because after all these profesions are wearing elegant combos to work..
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
I went to a charity dinner today as a volunteer. I needed cutlery and I asked the first guy I saw wearing the waiter's uniform (white dress shirt, black pants)... after about 2 seconds I realized he wasn't a waiter... he was a guest.

Careless - how carefully did you look or was this an innate prejudice against this attire? Frankly it is NOT an easy mistake to make.
post #11 of 19
It is an easy mistake to make...If the person is wearing black trousers and a dress white shirt , there is nothing wrong mistaking him for a maitre d'Hotel or a waiter...
He will be only offended if he shares your vision of this state of affairs...
If you're comfortable with yourself and confident ,you're not going to give a scoubidoo about looking like a waiter..
post #12 of 19
I'm often mistaken for a WalMart greeter...
post #13 of 19
The whole key to this is context. I'm a designer, and therefore almost expected to wear a black suit when meeting with clients. But I sure as heck wouldn't wear black suit / white dress shirt at an event; you are just asking to be confused with waitstaff.
post #14 of 19
Looks like I overdress as a waiter.
post #15 of 19
Some people are expected to wear black suits as Unrefinery rightly said..
If you're a designer , working in advertising , architecture or a creative field, wearing black is not seen as a fashion faux-pas but more as a statement...
Even world presidents and prime ministers are wearing black nowadays, some people must get a grip woth it...
I prefer myself to wear colours as close to black as possible and i never wear wear black except at funerals...
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