The Sleeveless Dress Controversy

There have been several articles in the news this week about former short-lived Canadian PM Kim Campbell making vocal remarks about her opinion on sleeveless dresses being demeaning to women, at least when placed beside men in suits. She then restated she was referring to broadcasters only.

“I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses — often when sitting with suited men. I have always felt it was demeaning to the women and (Morgan’s blog post) suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas!”

What are your thoughts on this? Many twitter followers commented back “who asked you for fashion advice”, “Michelle Obama did it all the time!”… I wear sleeveless dresses all the time as more often than not a dress with a sleeve doesn’t fit my arms. Depending on the dress I might wear a blazer over it for style reasons or to keep warm on a cooler day. I will admit I find it to be a very strange way of thinking, I could understand low cut dresses that are better suited for the night club – but that’s not even the same ball park as what this woman is suggesting. If she feels it doesn’t make her look her best, we can all accept that and that’s her choice.

To simply state that women look less professional in their attire than the man wearing a suit… we would freak out if a man wore just a dress shirt on screen rather than the full suit. A double standard perhaps?

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