Next time someone tells you to 'dress for success' or to 'dress for the job you want', take them seriously. Trying to decide what to wear can be one of the most stressful aspects of an interview, and it can surprisingly have a huge impact on how the interview turns out.
The era of casual dress crept up on us slowly, but now every organization this side of Wall Street seems to have taken up the khaki banner. (And even Wall Street is apparently not immune to the trend.)
When one Illinois middle school cluelessly decided to ban leggings and yoga pants because they were "distracting to the boys," they probably didn't have any idea it would be the catalyst to a national conversation about dress codes in school.
Even I, who did not suffer first hand from bullying, can remember being comforted by the fact that all of my peers would be wearing the same thing, regardless of how popular, fashionable, beautiful, or wealthy they may be.
It's Q1, recruiting season, and whereas I don't have any job interviews lined up right now, I was suddenly apprehensive about having an "ethnic hairstyle" in front of people who would be scrutinizing everything about me, not only my professional qualifications.
You are literally sending the message to young girls, who are already struggling with self confidence, that hiding their body makes them more attractive. You are establishing a sense of shame in these young, developing minds and bodies.
Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.
We've put together a few favorite looks for some of the more popular, yet unconventional, attire requests seen on wedding invitations this summer, demystifying those dress codes that leave you clueless.