Cracking the (dress) code |

Cracking the (dress) code

Craig's fashions tend to be mostly casual

Michelle Balleck

Casual work days may not just be for Fridays anymore, at least not in Craig.

Mary Shroades, a hair stylist at Knez Ovations, said she sees many customers come through the salon, and it’s rare to see one in anything dressier than jeans and a T-shirt.

“Usually when they come through here, they are very casual,” she said. “Men dress very casually around here, too. You never see men in a suit around here.”

One exception she noted was Sunday mornings, when people go to the grocery store after church.

“I think it’s because we’re a small town,” Shroades said. “Not much business. Even businesspeople can dress casually, I guess.”

She said she enjoys the easygoing nature of Craig’s residents.

“I think (the style) says that we’re pretty laid back and just not very formal,” she said.

Corral West Ranchwear manager Esther Camp and associate Rachele Morlan agree that Craig has a casual style, but they noted that many people include some Western flair.

“Wranglers (the jeans) are, of course, universal and can go with anything,” Camp said.

Morlan said the clothes sold at Corral West could be casual or dressy and often show off the personalities of the people who wear them.

“I think casual’s more Craig,” she said. “I think it’s just the lifestyle here, the Western lifestyle. We still have the Western heritage.”

The women recognized a trend in fashion among young rodeo athletes, who have been leaning toward flashier belts and loud colors.

Brooke Burke, a customer service representative at Bank of the West, said she’s noticed a trend in fashion among younger crowds, as well.

“I think the younger age dresses nicer than the older people,” she said.

But she’s seen teenagers wearing clothes she couldn’t imagine wearing at that age.

Bank employees were those noted as ones who dress up regularly for their jobs.

Burke’s co-worker Roxane Marshall said she generally wears dress pants and a nice shirt to work, except for Fridays and Saturdays when the dress is more casual.

“It looks nice and professional,” she said. “A lot of people who have their businesses and everything dress up, and (those who work at) realty companies.”

Contrary to others’ opinions, Marshall said a majority of her customers, with the exception of laborers, come into the bank with a dressier look.

“Most people are dressed up, I’d say,” she said. “They look nice anyway.”

Shroades said she likes to look nice, but she enjoys being able to wear what she wants to work. She said the only day she’ll wear a dress is Sunday.

“I wouldn’t wear a dress to work on a bet,” Shroades said.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or

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