September 5, 2013 |
Hey kids, what are you going to wear to school today? A miniskirt? How short? "Sagging" pants: Is that kosher? What about a do-rag? Fishnet tights? Or hoodies, tattoos, sweat pants, frayed jeans, an Afro puff or, if you're a boy, long locks? How about a breast-cancer-awareness bracelet featuring the word "boobies"? All of these are real examples of fashion choices that schools across the country have recently attempted to restrict. The wrong choice could get you kicked out of class or suspended; and if you want to fight for your right to a hoodie or a short skirt, you and your parents may have to file suit and head for court.
July 31, 2013 |
Colleagues at our downtown neighbor, the legal newspaper the Daily Journal, were just put on notice to spiff if up. A memo more detailed than a “Project Runway” challenge laid out an employee dress code in dos and don'ts -- mostly don'ts, by far, and most of them directed at women's styles. I can't imagine that any journalist at the Daily Journal ever pranced into the office in a bare midriff, so the reasons for such specifics elude me. The memo was as detailed as a FIDM class on the differences between capris, which are not acceptable, and crop or ankle pants, which are. Spaghetti-strap tops can be worn only with a sweater or jacket.
June 21, 2013 |
While the former Kate Middleton prepares for her new baby, another young royal is stepping into the spotlight: Princess Beatrice. Yes, she of deer-antler royal wedding hat fame. The 24-year-old royal is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth's second son, Prince Andrew, and Fergie, the former Duchess of York. That makes her Prince William's first cousin, for those needing things in Kate-William terms, and fifth in line for the British throne. Until the royal baby arrives, that is. The princess arrived to the Royal Ascot races in Berkshire, west of London, in a horse-drawn carriage Thursday with her aunt, Princess Anne.
June 20, 2013
Queen Elizabeth II surprised the crowds at Thursday's meeting of the Royal Ascot races by wearing lilac, unknowingly defying the bookies who had laid 3-1 odds that blue would be her hue of the day. But she was in for a surprise of sorts, too -- she became the first reigning British monarch to win the Gold Cup race when her horse Estimate crossed the finish line. PHOTOS: Ladies' Day at the Royal Ascot Races Meanwhile, fashion police -- otherwise known as "style assistants" -- were cracking down this year during the annual five-day meet.
May 3, 2013 |
The straps have it. A New Jersey school board has ruled that eighth-grade girls attending a dance next month must wear dresses with straps -- or at least one strap -- ending a debate that raised allegations of sexism, led to a school principal being threatened, and forced the cancellation of another dance. The decision Wednesday night in Readington Township, about 60 miles west of New York City, was not without drama. The township's school board heard more than an hour of testimony from parents and would-be fashion police, and it cast three votes before reaching a decision, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
March 19, 2013 |
Five years ago I wrote an op-ed column for The Times about Pope Benedict XVI's partiality for ornate vestments and miters (the double-pointed hats sported not only by the pope but also by other bishops in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches). That article, which a clever copy editor titled “Dress Code,” is looking more and more like a period piece after the inaugural Mass of Benedict's successor, Pope Francis. In what must have been a disappointment to Msgr Guido Marini, the papal “master of ceremonies” who outfitted Benedict in skyscraper jeweled miters and elaborately embroidered chasubles, Francis dressed down at a ceremony that was a far cry from the formality of Benedict's inaugural Mass, let alone the coronations with which popes began their pontificate before Pope John Paul I junked the tiara in 1978.