"They told us to wear jeans to work Wednesday, and if we're not in the building by 9 a.m., we're not getting in. Since the city's pretty much on lockdown, they're not even letting anyone out for a smoke, so I'm more worried about people not being able to get nicotine than anything."
So says my friend Samantha*, who works in banking in central London. Gearing up to tomorrow's G20 conference kickoff is a full days of protests, which have an apocalyptic Four Horseman theme (?!) and have anarchists and other more confrontational activists threatening to storm troop financial institutions and law firms.
And yet, this all carries a very specific dress code.
As Londoners already know, the advice from police last week was to dress down. Which, for bankers and lawyers, was supposed to mean chinos and loafers. But now it's common knowledge that that was the disguise plan, so many companies are taking things a step further by advising their employees to wear jeans and dress as protesters.
Some in finance, however, have remained adamant about not compromising their looks. As one company director told the London Lite yesterday: "All I've got otherwise is my gardening clothes."
*Names have been changed to protect the denim-disguised