A couple of weeks ago, a reporter was denied entry into the “Speaker’s Lobby” for wearing a sleeveless blouse. This is an ornate area with a stricter dress code than the rest of the Capitol. The Hill said that there has been an influx of new reporters who were not aware of the longstanding traditions surrounding this area of the building, but in their defense, the rules are a bit vague. It’s a coat and tie for men and “appropriate” dress for women.
One part of a dress code that people don’t quite understand is that a clear dress code puts everyone on an equal playing field. As The Hill pointed out, there were lots of new reporters who didn’t know what was and what was inappropriate, and since there was no clearly written dress code, the new reporters, apparently, guessed wrong. What could have been explained with a simple, clearly stated dress code, was handed down in tradition.
If you choose to go against the tradition, you often receive consequences. In most of the world, it means people silently judge you. In the Speaker’s Lobby, it means you get kicked out. Even if you want people to not judge you for your clothing choice, they do judge you for your clothing choice. That’s the reality we deal with.
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