Posted September 20, 2018 07:03:03 While you may not think it’s weird, Sydney has a lot of dress codes.
They’re so different that they are actually kind of confusing.
“They’re just so different,” one blogger explains.
“You go to a fancy dress party and there’s a dress code, but what you do in the street and what you wear in the office is different,” another explains.
While dress codes are often used to differentiate between people and places, they can also be used to discriminate against people based on their gender.
“For example, if you are a woman and you’re wearing a dress, it will be perceived as masculine, and you’ll be perceived with a higher status,” explains blogger Julie Brown.
“Or if you’re a man, it’s a little bit different.
You may not be treated as as welcome as if you were a woman, but that’s just part of being a man,” she says.
“It’s kind of like a way of keeping it in check, and not being a big target of sexism.”
One blogger says she finds it odd that it is considered a man’s job to wear a dress.
“My friend was working in a department store in Sydney and she was wearing a skirt, a dress and a tiara,” she explains.
“It’s just something that’s not really her for some reason.
She’s a really cool person, but it was a bit of a shock to me that she had to wear it.”
Other bloggers have been more positive.
“I think if you can see it’s not about you, it is a man wearing a woman’s dress,” one commenter explains.
And some bloggers have a mixed view of dress code.
One woman criticises dress codes for being outdated and sexist, while another criticises them for being sexist.
“Some people are wearing a certain dress because they’re wearing it because it’s trendy, so they don’t have to dress in a particular way,” says blogger Kate Womack.
“But it’s very important to understand that we don’t live in a world where dress codes have to be set by some arbitrary, outdated and male-dominated institution.”
For more information on dress codes in Australia, check out our guide on what you should and shouldn’t wear in Sydney.
“Women are supposed to wear skirts and dresses, men wear a skirt and a dress,” explains Lauren Suggs, the head of marketing at Sydney’s leading fashion retailer, Tops.
“If you’re not dressing up in a certain way, it makes it very hard for a woman to work in the workplace.”
The same applies for how people dress when they’re in public.
“We all like to dress up,” says Lauren.
“Everyone wants to look their best, everyone wants to be seen in the best way, and the only way you’re going to do that is to be comfortable in the way you dress,” she adds.
“And if you dress up, you are not comfortable with that, so you may as well not wear it.
It’s just going to be perceived by the world as being inappropriate, and I think that is why it’s so confusing.”
Dress codes aren’t just a problem in Sydney, and in the wider community.
“This is something that has been happening in the world for quite a while now,” says Womacks.
“There’s a lot more people wearing a particular dress now than there used to be.”
For instance, she says, people in Australia tend to dress differently to people around the world.
“The way that people dress, they’re not going to fit in with the global standards,” she points out.
“So, they don, and that’s part of the reason why there’s so much concern and confusion.”
Dress code confusion can also impact how we choose our friends, family and colleagues.
“People are really worried about their appearance,” says Sugg.
“Whether they’re having dinner with someone or they’re hanging out with their mates, they want to be as authentic as possible and that means having a certain amount of self-consciousness and a certain level of self shame.
It can be really hard to maintain that sense of self confidence when you’re doing something that you don’t want to look like.”
When we’re in the midst of a social or political discussion about dress codes, it can be easy to lose track of the difference between the different kinds of dress, and how to dress for yourself.
“Don’t feel pressured to fit into certain types of dress,” advises Lauren.
The same goes for men.
“Men and women wear different things and dress differently,” explains Sugg, “so the thing that’s important for us is to understand what it is that we’re trying to achieve and what we want to achieve.”
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