Originally Posted by kuko-chan
In a place like Walmart or Zellers, your appearance reflects the company. It would probably be inappropriate to be wearing a fancy dress like that. However, if you would in a place where your customers don't see you on a regular basis, like a graphic design studio, you could probably get away with it. Currently I'm working at a stage production company and while I would be spending a majority of my time in the sewing area, it would still be inappropriate for me to wear a full-blown lolita outfit simply because we're required to wear steel-toe shoes and I'm afraid I don't have any beautiful steel-toe lolita shoes. :P
I'm echoing this. If your job has a dress code, they should tell you what it is-- if you aren't automatically told, ask your supervisor! I imagine lolita in Wal*Mart would not come off as very... cohesive... and would likely not be comfortable given the type of work you're doing.
I work in an office and can wear pretty much whatever I want, but since I'm the secretary I like to look at least a little professional. Typically if I am in the mood I wear a loli skirt or a blouse with other work pieces, not an entire outfit at once, which would be pretty overwhelming and make everyone at my job wonder what's wrong with me. You might be able to do something similar-- a top or some accessories alongside your standard work wear-- depending on what your supervisors feel is appropriate.
It's about using discretion to figure out what will fly and what won't. We do have employees that show up wearing clothes that are outrageously inappropriate for their position-- whether it's a person in a high-up administrative position who dresses like a lumberjack or a stationary stores employee who dresses like she's going clubbing every day-- but people tend to talk behind their backs about their dress sense. Not just with lolita, but whatever you wear, as an employee your clothing reflects the business you're working for. Many places have a particular image they want to project, and it's a good idea to adhere to that.