Revealing uniform, better service?

According to the Ontario government, waitresses should not be expected to dress in a sexualized way to attract clients. But restaurants think otherwise.

Graphic: Svetlana Tishchenkova

Graphic: Svetlana Tishchenkova

Short skirts and low-cut tops – an outfit that the ex-waitress Kristine Artates, 23, used to wear on the job. As a customer watches the sports game with his wife, Artates walks towards and leans over the table to hand them their menus. It did not impress the wife. In fact, it pissed her off since Artates accidentally revealed her cleavage in front of the husband’s face. Once the couple finished dinner, they paid the bill and the wife left a descriptive message on the receipt saying that she “didn’t appreciate breasts being exposed” in her husband’s face.

This is a situation Artates often encountered on the job. She worked throughout her post-secondary career in retail and restaurants to support herself and her studies.

Working at a sports bar meant Artates had to wear a short, revealing uniform. “You don’t really get an option of what to wear, though in the winter you have the option to wear leggings instead of a mini skirt,” Artates said. “However, in the summer you’re required to wear your skirt and you have the option to wear your tank top or a T-shirt.” The mini skirt has shorts underneath and the top has a very low V-cut.

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  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

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    Sunscreen can save your life!!

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  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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