Hausfrau, the one thing I found when I worked on a hot line that worked well for the swamp syndrome you're finding, was 100% cotton sports bras, and another 100%cotton tshirt underneath my chef coat. I don't know how the cotton sports bra thing would work out for ladies with a fuller figure, but for myself I have a boyish figure so that works for me. One of the ladies in my department is larger and she swears by the 3/$15 cotton sports bras from walmart so.. there you have it...
Now, the more layers I have on the better as I work in a climate controlled environment so our food is never in the danger zone no matter how long we are working with it...
At home I pretty much don't change what I wear when I walk into the kitchen.. unless I have a fancy top on or nice dress then I might put on an apron or just change althgether... it really depends on what I am going to be doing too... I wouldn't do my housework in my nicest clothes, but I do like to look nice around the house and in general... especially since I spend most of my days in baggy pants, a chef coat, horrible awful terrible steel toed shoes and at least two other layers under my coat to keep me warm while I work...
That reminds me.. I bought two new pairs of flats after work today and I love them both.. one are red with bows (reminds me of the ruby slippers sans the heel and sequins) from The Wizard of Oz and the others were basic black flats. For the first time in forever my miserable feet have been happy in flats... those steel toed shoes I have to wear for work are simply murder on my feet...
I didn't do the contrast collar like they did in the picture... I figured the print was busy enough. I have to fix it today though because I messed up the armholes on one side... never sew after a glass of wine because there are always mistakes to fix after that!
My kitchen signature "look" is usually baggy cargo pants, and tight top, but minimal cleavage exposure. Since I have to bend over a lot I don't like giving people a show, but I am fit and eat healthy so I like to show my shape.
I used to sport high-watered checkered pants with Dansko clogs, super cute look, but I lost both the pants and the clogs sometime during a move. Would like that to be my summer kitchen look again sometime.
I used to wear make-up for work, but don't anymore. Perhaps I'll dab a little mascara if i'm feeling particularly hit that morning. I always wear my hair up now that it's medium long again. Small earings. I put on my chef jacket when service hour begins.
I would love to one day own a shannon reed jacket or veru shirt, and apron, but there's no way in hell I would spend 150.00 on a jacket that gets abused and bleached on a weekly basis.
Kane, I'm also into cute aprons as well. I like to sport a black waitress apron with my white chef jacket. I also have two vintage aprons that I purchased an antique shop.
Come on women,what are you waiting for? be a fashionista in your own kitchen! This has been such a burr under my saddle for quite a while now.....today, i just feel like sharing....yep, this is how i dress for the kitchen.....but a true fashionista would never forget her pearls!!!
Wtfrenchtoast were you thinking Food Network when you were pitching this brand of snake oil to your board? Wtfrenchtoast were you thinking Rachel Ray while you were selling out? $$$hame on you both!!!
If it wasn't so pathetic it would be funny as well as vice versa, if it wasn't so funny, it would be pathetic.
I walk into the kitchen clean, haired pulled back, kitchen clothes. I don't really see the point in putting on make up or getting all dolled up, but of course still look professional; your are just going to sweat it off and probably end up looking like crap by the end of the night. Sometimes I will put some base on if my skin is looking extra red and dry, though I still think it's a waste of time lol.
If I showed up with my nails done, makeup on, and/or hair in anything other than a ponytail it is likely that my male counterparts would laugh me out of the kitchen. I'm there to kick ass and cook. I'll save the looking pretty for a date with my husband.
I'm all about comfort and performance in the kitchen and I will spend a few bucks on the right gear. I wear a "heat gear" white v neck t shirt, (I work sauté and grill) a sweat wicking sports bra, and my favorite item (I know this sounds weird...) a pair of performance women's boxer briefs. The kind that actually cover your bum, are like wearing a pair of shorts that you can't even feel, and prevent a serious case of monkey butt from the sweat that is sure to pour off throughout service. (With my station normally around 120 degrees F I can lose up to 5 lbs a shift in water weight regardless of how much I try to hydrate)
Maybe my restaurant is different than you all but I have had to scratch and claw my way into getting an inch of respect from the guys who could probably make a living telling your mom jokes, have the ability to turn any conversation to their level of manliness, and always have a "that's what she said" comment prepared.
Is there another cook land out there where women look "pretty" in the kitchen and get away with it?