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Dress Codes: Their Importance, Their Weirdness, Their Impact

Women don’t get the same free pass that men do when it comes to dressing for work and every female administrator I’ve ever met is aware of this. Sadly, this awareness doesn’t always lead to fabulous fashion choices. We either swathe ourselves with layers of darkish cloth and look like we’re playing one of Macbeth’s three witches, as designed by Eileen Fisher, or give up. Read More

You gotta be kidding me...

In Washington DC, the warm weather footwear for young professional women is some version of flip-flops.

Try making that fashion statement as a guy.


I am shocked by what women lawyers get away with in the courts these days. They look as if they are going on a grocery run, while men have to wear coats and ties, or feel the wrath of the judge - I have seen it on many occasions. But I have never once seen a woman get berated for their attire. The women get away with being much more casual. And in the corporate office world it is even more shocking. The ladies all wear flip flops around the office all day long and they dress very casual, while most of the guys are still wearing button down oxfords, ties and business shoes. My wife and her friend are teachers, and they dress very casual. And they also both think they get paid fairly, relatively. Most of us don't get just pay.

Fashion for teachers

I'd love to have a uniform. I'd wear it proudly in support of my school and in support of not spending so much money on the latest fashions. I'm not sure what the article is talking about when it suggests that teachers don't spend money on clothes. Maybe some don't, and maybe those are the ones we tend to focus on, but I allot 2-3 hundred dollars a semester for clothes. As you say, I'm on display all day and kids notice what their teachers wear. We get judged all the time and I'd love to put on a uniform and just bypass all of that judgement if possible.

Why can't you? Purchase some

Why can't you? Purchase some khaki pants; add some colorful polos: a perfect uniform for school. Being the principal of an alternative school, I was responsible for making certain our students wore their uniform. Likewise, I expected the staff -- not just teachers -- to dress appropriately. At the beginning of each year, the school supplied a new polo shirt with the school name and logo embroidered on it to each staff member. While law did not allow us to "require" them to wear a uniform, it was highly suggested that this would make us appear professional. Flip flops were not allowed since we walked with the students daily and often participated in PE with them. We occasionally had to chase someone down, so some form of athletic footwear was necessary!

Oh, women don't get a free

Oh, women don't get a free pass, they have it so hard...

...when is this baloney complaint going to end?

Anon, nobody is interested in your blather

Anon, nobody is interested in your blather. Go elsewhere.

As a retired principal of a

As a retired principal of a school for at-risk students, I requested that the teachers consider wearing a uniform similar to the students. Law does not allow us to mandate a dress code. I purchased polo shirts with the school logo for the teachers yearly. They all had pants similar to the student uniform. Most wore the "uniform" for in their words, it made it easy to get dressed in the morning. The only requirement I did make was on footwear. No flip flops. We might have to chase down or "take down" a student, and appropriate footwear was necessary. The teachers also participated in PE with the students and needed proper footwear. Everyone looked very professional and the students respected the teachers because they demonstrated they cared about their appearance. A teacher's appearance can and does make a difference in the classroom.

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Gina Barreca, Ph.D., is Professor of English at UConn, and author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World.


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