6 Times Women Were Wardrobe-Shamed This Year

Once summer rolls around, there are quite a few reasons for women to show a little more skin: prom, high temperatures, comfort, you know the drill. But in the past few months alone, there have been at least 6 widely-publicized incidents of women who experience wardrobe-shaming in public.

It used to be that public shaming would happen often but not many people know about it. But now, thanks to the internet, these ladies’ experiences are on display for the world to see and relate to. Unfortunately. Read their stories below.

1. The JetBlue Incident

A JetBlue passenger named Maggie McMuffin made headlines around the internet after she was stopped and asked to change her outfit — a pair of shorts, specifically — before boarding a plane in Boston. She was forced to pay out of pocket for a really ugly skirt that the airline deemed acceptable. JetBlue reimbursed her, but the damage was done


2. Wearing a Tank Top at the Gym in Canada is a No-No

Jenna Vecchio was at her local gym in Ottawa, Canada, when a female staff member at Motavi gym confronted Jenna to say her outfit was making other women uncomfortable. She was wearing a tank top and leggings. Vecchio posted to Facebook, saying she was “seriously embarrassed,” especially since other women at the gym were wearing similar attire. Obviously.


3. This Weatherwoman Didn’t Wear A Cardigan

Liberté Chan, a meteorologist for Los Angeles’ KTLA 5 station, was asked to put on a cardigan on live television, after the station received emails complaining about the sleeveless black dress she wore on air May 14.

4. Crying at Prom

This high school girl was asked to put on her vice principal’s jacket after he deemed her prom dress inappropriate, her local news outlet reported. How embarrassing is that?


5. The Prom Contract

This California school made girls at school girls sign a prom contract, stating that they wouldn’t wear any clothes that defied the school’s specific dress code forbidding dresses that are “low-cut, backless, expose the midriff or have too high of a slit,” according to Today.


6. High Heel Politics

On her first day of work as a receptionist for London accounting firm PCW, Nicola Thorp was told she was required to wear high heels in order to do her job.

“I was expected to do a nine-hour shift on my feet escorting clients to meeting rooms. I said I just won’t be able to do that in heels,” she told the BBC, soon after.

She was sent home, and has since set up a petition asking the government to update a law that allows UK employers to dismiss any staff members who don’t adhere to “reasonable” dress code demands. Men and women are also not legally bound to the same standards, as long as the dress code maintains an “equivalent level of smartness,” whatever that means. Thorp is requesting that women have the option wear flat formal shoes at work; the petition has garnered 7,000 signatures so far.


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