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The Atlantic
7 min read
Fashion & Beauty

Why American Workers Now Dress So Casually

Americans began the 20th century in bustles and bowler hats and ended it in velour sweatsuits and flannel shirts—the most radical shift in dress standards in human history. At the center of this sartorial revolution was business casual, a genre of dress that broke the last bastion of formality—office attire—to redefine the American wardrobe. Born in Silicon Valley in the early-1980s, business casual consists of khaki pants, sensible shoes, and button-down collared shirts. By the time it was mainstream, in the 1990s, it flummoxed HR managers and employees alike. “Welcome to the confusing world
2 min read
Fashion & Beauty

UK School That Bans Short Sleeves Under Fire For "Sexualization Of Young Girls"

Students at the selective U.K. Simon Langton Girl's Grammar School are pushing back against an "oppressive and demeaning" dress code that bans sleeveless shirts, according to the Telegraph.  In a petition, sixth form students — who would be roughly 16 to 18 years old — are asking that they be allowed to wear tops that show shoulder.  Maddi Lane, the student who started the petition, explained that they aren't "trying to 'flaunt' anything," according to the Telegraph, but "just want to feel comfortable in a school environment." Britain, it bears noting, is in the middle of a heat wave.  "Many o
Fast Company
3 min read
Fashion & Beauty

Shades Of The Future

Sibling entrepreneurs Laura and John Nelson launched ColourPop with a simple idea: makeup that would be native to Instagram, not drugstore shelves. It was 2014, and the duo—both working as executives at Spatz Laboratories, their father’s beauty industry supply company—saw Instagram and YouTube personalities posting makeup tutorials that were attracting huge audiences. The Nelsons also noted an uptick in overall cosmetics spending, which they attributed to excitement over those how-to videos and online product endorsements. Taking advantage of Spatz’s high-volume manufacturing infrastructure,