Black Pants: I actually mistook someone for a waiter today

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  1. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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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. [​IMG]
     


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    I see the "black pants/black suit" hate hasn't died down just yet - guess it just doesn't suit some skin tones.[​IMG]

    troop
     


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    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.
     


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    I see the "black pants/black suit" hate hasn't died down just yet
    Such silliness.
     


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    I see the "black pants/black suit" hate hasn't died down just yet - guess it just doesn't suit some skin tones.[​IMG]

    troop


    You cannot be a big timer, if you dress like a small timer. [​IMG]
     


  6. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    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.
     


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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. [​IMG]

    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!
     


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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. [​IMG]

    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.
     


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    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..
     


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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. [​IMG]

    Careless - how carefully did you look or was this an innate prejudice against this attire? Frankly it is NOT an easy mistake to make.
     


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    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..
     


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    I'm often mistaken for a WalMart greeter...
     


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    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.
     


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    Looks like I overdress as a waiter.
     


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    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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