Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

January 5, 2014

Workout Wear Friday? No sweat, boss!

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Rachael Siefert, 28, who works at a communications firm in Washington, is also an instructor at the Bar Method, a downtown fitness studio. And she's gradually figured out how to blend her two wardrobes. It started when she tried pairing her black workout pants with a skirt and boots one day in the office. "Every woman hates wearing tights, so I went for it," Siefert says. "Nobody noticed."

The switch has made her more comfortable — and productive — when she's at work. It's also made her more likely to pop over to the studio to take a lunchtime class. "I only have that hour. Work will notice if I'm gone for longer than that," says Siefert, who saves time by only changing her top. "It's one less step stopping you from working out."

Increasingly, she's found out that other women are using the same technique, or sneaking a workout top under a sweater. So maybe Workout Wear Friday is already happening in secret.

To really launch this movement, however, I need to find a company that will publicly get on board. For Casual Friday, Miller says, the tipping point was Alcoa, the strait-laced corporation in Pittsburgh. "Then 90 of the Fortune 100 companies requested information," Miller says.

And someone in The Post's HR told me the company would have to check to see whether there are potential liability issues. So I'm thinking I could do better with 1776, the business incubator space across the street from our offices.

There's no official dress code, and casual clothes are already common, says community manager Kate Nolan. And because of the start-up culture, "it's always acceptable to wear a T-shirt with a logo on it," she adds.

So would they try Workout Wear Friday? "I feel like we could. We've talked about a pajama day," Nolan says.

Let's save that idea for 2015, when we'll consider whether Sleepwear Mondays could help improve our nation's shut-eye quality.

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