Pantyhose. No Really. Pantyhose.

Today’s OMGWTFBBQ-it’s-the-Hill story comes to you via Jezebel:

Our Democrat friend wears Chuck Taylors and jeans to the Russell Building when Congress is in recess, no questions asked. But our Republican pal is not so lucky! Just last week, she was pulled aside by a supervisor and debriefed as to the ins-and-outs of Grand Old Party dressing. Open toe-shoes are a no-go, as are jeans. Heels are mandatory at all times. But most bizarre is the “pantyhose policy.”

Basically, pantyhose must be worn every day, she was told. Even in the summertime? Oh yes, and “no exceptions.” Well, what about pantsuits? “Well, I suppose you can wear them,” the supervisor sighed, “But you are going to need to check with the Senator herself whether or not you will need to wear hose under pants, as well. I’m not entirely sure of the Senator’s stance on pantsuits at this time.”

Yep, we still haven’t left the 50’s and 60’s in some offices at the Hill. Heaven forfend that people might work in some semblance of comfort. Wait, before you ask it, yeah, I know what it feels like to wear pantyhose, as any swimmer worth their salt will do post shave-and-taper to simulate extra drag. They’re kinda itchy.

I’ll let you wager your own guesses as to which of the Senators this was, I have no idea myself, but I have a few guesses. Every day I walk by tons of people in full “business” dress, and glad that I don’t have to abide by their rules anymore.

14 Comments so far

  1. RumorsDaily (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    Pantyhose really are ugly. I’ve never understood why they’re considered more formal.


  2. Rhiannon (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 3:20 am

    Pantyhose add a professional look to your presentation and always will. Winter or summer (thigh highs.) Pantyhose will never go away. In fact they are becoming more popular again every day. Not everyone has model legs where they can go bare legs. Sheeeesh!!!!!!


  3. Donna (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 6:11 am

    I wear pantyhose everyday no matter what the weather. It make my legs look much better, and they feel better at the end of the day as well.

    Read below. Hose are making a comeback.

    Ekaterina Kiseleva – Milan Fashion Show – Showcasing some of the hot looks for fall – winter 2007. As you can see, dark-opaque pantyhose are in for fall and winter 2007.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmhXtc1quAY

    http://fashionfitnesandskincaretipsformodels.blogspot.com/2007/10/ekaterina-kiseleva-milan-pantyhose-and.html


  4. Don (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    Whether they make legs look better is a matter of opinion; personally I’d be okay if I never saw another pair of hose-enclosed legs.


  5. Tiff (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 9:31 am

    Pantyhose not only uncomfortable, but they’re terrible for your feet and encourage the growth of nasties like athlete’s foot, not to mention yeast and urinary tract infections, particularly in the summertime. I would have hoped that in the 21st century we would have moved beyond requiring such health-endangering things like pantyhose and heels as a mark of "professionalism."

    Let’s recognize them for what they are- another way women are encouraged to endanger their wellbeing in the pursuit of some arbitrary and unrealistic physical ideal.


  6. Kendra (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    Here here, Tiff. They’re absolute hell on circulation (see knee highs and thigh highs) in addition to the aforementioned nasties in the feet and crotch area. That and they’re an utterly uncomfortable pain in the ass. No matter how much money you spend, they’re gonna run and pill and generally look like shit much quicker than a nice pair of suit pants ever would.

    HUZZAH, BUSINESS CASUAL!


  7. Jenn L (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    My guess would be it’s KBH…


  8. poo poo (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    i work at the state department. this policy is not written anywhere, but it’s a given that all women do the same thing when at Main State in foggy bottom. some of the annexes in VA and DC get away with not wearing pantyhose, but in foggy bottom, you don’t really have a choice. it was that way under albright, powell, and now condie.


  9. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Tiff – right on.

    Also, I don’t think hose makes women’s legs look better. They just look unnatural. I guess I don’t get the appeal.

    But the fact remains that we are talking about physical appearance, not any sort of substance. Pantyhose don’t make you more professional. They just look weird and don’t seem to do anything functional.


  10. Elizabeth (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    Pantyhose are strange things. I don’t mind how they look (though I hate to wear them) but my ex-boyfriend always complained they made me look like I had mutant legs. He would flip out if I even tried to sit next to him in front of the TV before I took them off.


  11. mongoose1 (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    lol, panyhose.
    what caught my eye about this was your use of OMGWTFBBQ that made me smile.

    Now if only someone would drop some pwnage on the folks who make these types of dress policies. We have a new one at work which dicusses ‘business attire’; it’s offensive in the extreme because it seems to target 75% of the types of clothing women wear versus just stating the policy.
    ciao


  12. mongoose1 (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    lol, panyhose.
    what caught my eye about this was your use of OMGWTFBBQ that made me smile.

    Now if only someone would drop some pwnage on the folks who make these types of dress policies. We have a new one at work which dicusses ‘business attire’; it’s offensive in the extreme because it seems to target 75% of the types of clothing women wear versus just stating the policy.
    ciao


  13. Wayan (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    I think pantyhose and ties at the office are in the same category – only there to choke the wearer into submission, like a modern day bit.

    The only hose I approve are thigh-highs worn with short skirts NOT in the workplace.


  14. Don (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 9:49 am

    I’d be happy to be in jeans and guayaberas all the time, but in fairness, Mongoose1, a dress policy by necessity will always talk more about women’s clothing choices because they have a lot more choices.

    Whether that’s a good or bad (or both) thing is an exercise for the reader.



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