As such, it's only fitting really that 'dress down Fridays' have been supplanted by 'dress up Fridays'.
Ordinarily, some 'fun' offices allow employees to not dress up smart on the last day of the week, but people have become all too familiar with working from home in their PJs/underwear and have decided to flip the paradigm on its head and revert back to normal work attire on Fridays:
Instead of dress down Friday, which is basically me 24/7 at the moment, I've gone #dressUPFriday. Washed my hair, put makeup on & even chose non elasticated clothing. Ready for my trip down to the bin now, woop! pic.twitter.com/FSeRNPfR6r- Vivien (@hail2thetealeaf) April 3, 2020
In this upside down world, I opted for #DressUpFriday on my company calls this morning. @rhqra Dress Regulations (used to state: Serving and retired Gunners are encouraged to wear the Regimental Tie on Fridays) #Standards pic.twitter.com/gZgEq2lEQT- Town Mayor of Wantage (@WantageMayor) April 3, 2020
This teacher went one further and took part while also sharing another challenge - the big trend-setter:
Today's #chopstickcatch #PE challenge- MrJaggsPE (@JaggsMr) April 3, 2020
See how many attempts it takes to catch the TT ball.@TynecastleHigh @THSPerformance_ @SATPE1 @TableTennisScot @MurrayfieldTTC #PEatHome #dressUPFriday pic.twitter.com/okg7Lgrlvm
But as tends to be the case with all such viral trends, it's quite tricky to identify the genesis of #DressUpFriday, and it seems people have very different interpretations of what it means.
For while many people are whipping out their usual work clothes to finish off the week, others are 'dressing up' as though they were going to a fancy dress party, not work. Indeed, lots of people would probably land themselves in a disciplinary meeting if they rocked up at the office in their get-up of choice:
Have genuinely been enjoying #dressUPFriday or "funky shirt Friday" as it's been called in our pal group. It's nice to wear make up again, and jeans for that matter!! Also housework is a weekend task, so excuse the chaos pic.twitter.com/PuGLtMgULn- Dr Lynsey Hall (@LS_Hall) April 3, 2020
Next I propose switching around the structure of the working week, with it commencing on Saturday and finishing Sunday, leaving Monday to Friday as the weekend. I also propose that this switch commences as of Monday. We'll call it #WeekSwap.
Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/