Dress Code

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A basic blazer, collard shits and tie is every man’s work attire staple. If you change up the tie or the shirt, you can have a new look everyday.

Why doesn’t this apply to women?

I feel like there is a double standard when it comes to male and female attire in the workforce. The option of dresses, blazers, heels, flats, makeup, hair, colour – the options are endless.

Especially in the public eye of print and television media, female presenters are looked up to as a form of style inspiration. It is common these days to be able to Google what morning show presenters have worn that day. Even shows like the Bachelor have popular Google resources that list of the outfits (Men and women) have worn at the cocktail parties.

With this access to what people are wearing and the benefit of supporting designers and fashion, comes the backhand of nit-picking critique. Female television personalities receive much more attention for their outfits rather than the content they are reading it seems.


A couple of years ago, Karl Stefanovic from the Today show on channel 9 made a point about the scrutiny that goes into his female colleagues clothing on television compared to his own. He wore the same suit every day for a year without anyone noticing. The fact that no one noticed really highlights how much more thought needs to go into the presentation of women particularly on television.

Nearly a year ago now a similar incident happened when ABC’s European Correspondent Lisa Millar was called out on her fashion during her coverage of the Paris attacks in November. The criticism was about Millar wearing the same Jacket on multiple days of the report.

Millar responded to Twitter comments with this statement: “Funnily enough I didn’t have time to shop. Mental note to self – pack better when covering breaking news tragedies”

Obviously there is a necessity to dress appropriately for the work that you do, however, I feel women are more subject to scrutiny and an additional standard that is other the “professional”.


What are your thoughts?

Have there been any experiences in your line of work where you feel you needed to meet an unspoken standard?

Or, Do you feel yourself, you judge another woman when she doesn’t look “put together” at work?


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