Of course all of my work meetings now are over Skype or Zoom or some other equivalent. That’s true of my colleagues as well.
When you show up on that screen, you still want to look presentable. You think about the background behind you, and you don’t want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed.
But unlike meetings at the office, you might very well have just rolled out of bed. Maybe you rolled out of bed just for this one meeting. And maybe right after this meeting you will roll right back into bed.
So sometimes I find myself focusing on a dress code just from the waist up. After all, nobody has any idea what I am wearing from the waist down.
And sometimes I go to a meeting without bothering to put on a pair of pants. I suspect a lot of my colleagues are doing the same.
These are weird and scary times, and we take our little compensations where we can. In the immortal words of Kris Kristofferson, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
And hey, think about it. After you’ve lost your pants, what do you really have left to lose?