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August 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Formerly white-collar workplaces are relaxing their dress codes as younger employees begin integrating into the office and top executives such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Virgin's Richard Branson adopt hoodies and ditch neckties. But how much is too much? A study this week found that cleavage, bare legs and tattoos are fairly common in today's cubicle mazes. To a surprising number of workers, such displays aren't a cause for concern, though hot pants, flip flops and sheer outfits still rankle most employees.
March 8, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
"America's toughest sheriff" is facing a new threat of punishment in the death of a mentally ill jail inmate forced to don pink underwear. The jail dress code imposed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., so traumatized schizophrenic detainee Eric Vogel that it may have caused his death from heart failure, two coroner's officials concluded, and their testimony should have been presented to a jury that rejected a wrongful death claim in...
January 24, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
First, they could grow a mustache, just like Walt Disney. Now, they can grow a little more facial hair but not quite enough to be like most of the Seven Dwarfs. Disneyland announced that it's loosened up its legendary dress code — known as the Disney Look — to allow employees to grow more facial hair. But the rules still forbid visible tattoos, body piercings (other than the ears for women), "extreme" hairstyles or colors. (Shaved heads are OK for men, but a no-go for women.)
January 15, 2012 | Jenn Harris
When the Republican presidential candidates took the stage at the NBC News/Facebook debate on "Meet the Press" on Jan. 8, it was their last big chance to make an impression before the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday. They may have strayed from one another in terms of political issues throughout the event, but there was something unmistakably uniform about the six candidates. Lined up side by side under the bright lights, each wore a plain dark navy suit, solid light-colored shirt, subtle tie and, except for Ron Paul, a lapel pin of some kind (in most cases, an American flag)
November 13, 2011 | Jenn Harris
On a recent fall evening, three young women walk down Beverly Boulevard together toward Jerry's Deli. They're dressed in vertiginous high heels, cut-off frayed denim shorts, sheer peasant blouses and, for the tallest in the group, a floppy brown suede hat. Their outfits might lead an observer to conclude they are on their way to a Malibu beach party. But after they pass the deli's brightly lighted windows, they stop in front of the Beverly nightclub, and within seconds they bypass the crowd huddled around the doorman and claim their places inside.
October 3, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
While the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills warmed up before a game last month, a solitary figure stood off to the side, passing judgment on how they were dressed. Scribbling his findings into a notebook, Johnnie Gray kept his eyes peeled for untucked jerseys, bare midriffs and unauthorized footwear, among other breaches of a strict dress code. The former Packers safety from Lompoc High and Cal State Fullerton counts himself among a 32-man crew entrusted to maintain the rigid sartorial sanctity of the NFL. He is a uniform inspector.
June 16, 2010 | By Hugo Martín and Jason Garcia
Chalk one up for women who work at Disney theme parks: They don't have to wear pantyhose anymore. In the biggest change to the company's appearance code in a decade, the Walt Disney Co. has decided to let most female employees at Disney theme parks worldwide, including the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, forgo pantyhose when wearing skirts. Although it may seem a trivial change in any other business, the relaxing of dress codes at Disneyland is a significant move considering that founder Walt Disney was adamant about making sure all employees maintained a well-groomed, all-American look.
January 18, 2009 | Adam Tschorn
According to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Committee, the dress code for the 10 official inaugural balls set to take place on Tuesday night is black tie. Traditionally, for men that entails a fingertip-length dinner jacket with grosgrain- or satin-faced lapels, black trousers with a side stripe that matches the lapels, a cummerbund, black bow tie, black socks and black patent-leather shoes.
May 31, 2008
Re "Next president likely to confront women's combat roles," May 27 On May 11, one of the best kids I've ever known was killed in Iraq. Jessica Ellis was a combat medic serving her country on her second tour. Her recruiter told her dad that a female medic would never be placed in a dangerous position. But every position in Iraq is potentially deadly. Forty years ago in Vietnam, a 9-year-old boy placed a grenade in my pocket, and an old woman walking a dike raised an AK-47 as we flew past and opened fire on us. Women are more capable than men of dealing with stress and G forces as fighter pilots.
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