Enough With the Skimpy Office Attire

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 10:52 AM CDT
"The way we dress has a huge effect on the way we perceive ourselves, and on the way we're perceived," Maureen Rice writes.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It’s all well and good that women in the workplace have dropped the power suit for more feminine attire, but does it have to come with "yards of cleavage," micro-minis, and peekaboo bra straps? Relaxed attire has wandered way into bimbo territory, and it's a big mistake, magazine editor Maureen Rice writes in the Daily Mail. Rice recently interviewed an applicant who “should have been my star candidate,” but whose “spray-on” dress sent a message: “this woman is not intelligent, and she does not respect me or herself.”

"Skimpy office wear damages every woman who engages in it, and undermines women at work generally," Rice writes, so it’s time to “grow up, cover up and get real about dress codes.” As for the applicant who left little to the imagination, she lost the job—to a man. “His CV was just as good,” Rice writes, “and he came to the interview in a suit.”
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