Love: Montana Legislature’s Dress Code

leggings are not pants

It’s rare that I agree with Republicans but this dress code from the Montana House of Representatives is spot on. You can read it in full here, but I’ve highlighted some of the key points:

  • “Business Formal for women is defined as a suit or dress slacks, skirt, jacket, and dress blouse or suit-like dress and appropriate shoes (…). Leggings are not considered dress pants.”
  • “Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.”

According to the New York Times, some women are lashing out against the dress code. “The whole thing is totally sexist and bizarre and unnecessary.” says one Democrat, who describes the code as “something out of Mad Men.”

Um, NO. This is not sexist or bizarre. You are a freaking politician, and when you go into politics, you give up your right to show off cleavage and wear mini skirts to work. As for the leggings, this is not an issue of “leggings are not dress pants” or “leggings can’t be worn in the House of Representatives.” This is about the fact that LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. Not for politicians. Not for housewives. Not for fashion designers. Not for secretaries. NO ONE. Except fitness instructors and people while they are exercising (and ONLY while they are exercising.) Can someone please try and pass this by the House of Representatives to make it law?

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  • Jill

    Oh do I love this post. It is so true. I cannot get over the way some women dress to go to work in NYC, let alone if they work in the legislature, whether it’s in Montana or DC! I tell my 7-year-old daughter all the time, “Leggings are not pants.” I do believe I got the exact phrasing from you. I hope if I impart no other sartorial sense to her she at least gets that message. You should’ve seen the mom my daughter and I walked behind this morning: leggings that were completely sheer in the light (and you could see everything), a “dress” that barely covered her backside, and a very tacky faux fur vest. Ladies, leggings are not pants, and sometimes with a dress they are still not enough!

  • miss agnes

    Oh yes, I am so with you on this one. If anyone here in Quebec would try to do the same thing, there would a street protest. It seems women in Canada want to have the right to dress as prostitutes and be treated with respect at the same time. Hello! I cringe everytime I see a pair of leggings. 99,9% of women look awful in them. Where has common sense gone? And where can we start an official no legging movement?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Right here. Let’s start an official anti-leggings movement,