by Danica Lo
Stuart Tyson + Solange Sandstrom Back when blogs were first becoming a thing, lots of companies instituted non-disclosure policies that prevented employees from writing about their workplace--or blogging at all! These days, nearly everyone who has Internet access and something to say has some sort of presence on social media or a blogging platform, so it's that much harder for corporations to control subtle messaging outside work hours.
Recently, a London lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner was asked to remove her fashion blog from the Web after she began detailing her firm's dress code. She claims that women were instructed to wear only "neutral T-shirt bras and non-VPL knickers" because, according to the firm, "Nothing ruins an outfit like bumpy lace showing through your top or bulges on your bottom."
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Um. Wow. But wait! There's more!
There were even guidelines for appropriate dress lengths: no more than "one Bic Biro's length" (that's one ballpoint pen's length) above the knee.
And cleavage? No more than half an inch.
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"You have one day, or at the very most two weeks, to make an impression and you don't want that impression to be, 'does he understand how to use an iron?' or 'nice to know she likes red bras,'" the post said. "You don't have to be devoid of personality but, as with all things in life, you have to know what the rules are before you break them."
What do you think of these guidelines? Are they pretty sensible overall, or too restrictive? And what do you think of the firm asking these guidelines to be pulled? Tell us in the comments!
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by Danica Lo