Issues skirted

Evidently it is believed in some circles that women need to be told these things:

Businesswomen clueless about how much leg to show at the office can now turn to Forbes for advice. The magazine’s frothy new spinoff, ForbesWoman, out next week, advises females to avoid showing “the beauty minefields: scaly skin, poorly maintained toenails and cracked heels, to name a distasteful few.” Also verboten is the dreaded “shrimp cocktail effect,” in which toes hang over the front of the sandals. “That’s the worst, isn’t it?” Manhattan stylist Sarah Shirley tells the mag. “Nothing looks trashier.”

It’s hard to imagine how ForbesWoman could be much frothier than Forbes itself, whose Web presence is saturated with slideshows of stuff like “Ten Best Places to Overpay for a Latte.”

On that first question: if you’re thinking you might be showing too much leg for the office, you’re probably showing too much leg for the office. And how much I would appreciate it should not be one of your criteria.

(Via JammieWearingFool.)


  1. McGehee »

    2 May 2009 · 10:18 am

    And how much I would appreciate it should not be one of your criteria.

    Not even if you would appreciate seeing less?

  2. CGHill »

    2 May 2009 · 10:52 am

    Shhh. I’m trying to avoid inconsistency here.

  3. Tatyana »

    2 May 2009 · 1:32 pm

    Oh yeah, there are things that look trashier. This one don’t particularly mind: it’s truth is advertising. Trash looks and behaves like trash – that’s only natural.

    Ch, we are informed already that you’re consistent in your inconsistency.

  4. CGHill »

    2 May 2009 · 1:35 pm

    The problem with those sneakers is that you can get something every bit as ugly for one-twentieth the price.

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 May 2009 · 1:45 pm

    Reason 4,952 why I am glad I am in academia rather than the business world. I could show up in a paper sack and provided the necessary bits were covered, no one would really care.

    (In reality: I am probably one of the better-dressed individuals in my department. Because I do actually kind of care about looking nice.)

    Shrimp cocktail effect: a great name for a horrible phenomenon.

  6. Tatyana »

    2 May 2009 · 2:16 pm

    I think there is number of problems with those sneakers. One of them being complete inappropriateness to the rest of the outfit. See, some people, when they hear “mix-n-match”, think “anything goes”. In reality, though, being eclectic is a juggling act, very sophisticated and based on good taste, artistic personality and years of practice.

    Actually, the price is probably the least of the problems; fashion is known to treat celebrities (deservedly or not, is a separate issue) as a walking models – and supply them with free garb and jewelery for promotional purposes. So Mobama might have no idea of the price tag.[I’m being generous here, I deserve a BIG cookie]. The bigger problem is a trashy mentality.

    FJ: you’re so right! I remember, from my long-ago college years, how shocked I was observing some of the university professors. Sloppy hair die jobs, clay jewelery as if made by preschoolers, gypsy skirts, savage color combinations – and that in an Art and Design school! I was relieved to learn later that most of the offenders were from Social Science/Gender Studies/Language departments. With some weird specimen from Physics and Chemistry.
    There was a woman who taught us English Business Composition – a Costa-Rican with an idee fix: to show Americans her English was superior than theirs. Despite her 2 adult children and silver hair, she was sporting ponytails at the top of her head, miniskirts revealing blue-veined thighs and shapeless knees, embroidered “folk” vests and fake Mayan bracelets.
    I’m still grateful to her for not cutting me slack as an immigrant in her class, though.

  7. Tatyana »

    2 May 2009 · 2:30 pm

    Oh, forgot the most important detail – and why I remembered her, exactly- she was wearign red Converse keds. Yes, with the miniskirts.

  8. fillyjonk »

    2 May 2009 · 2:47 pm

    I would love to be able to wear ponytails on the top of my head, Abby Sciuto-style, but I figure the “statute of limitations” on that look for me expired some 15 years ago.

    Just because a person CAN do something, clothing wise, does not mean that they SHOULD.

  9. McGehee »

    3 May 2009 · 9:29 am

    The actress who plays Abby will be 40 this year.

  10. sarah shirley »

    3 May 2009 · 7:32 pm

    thanks for posting the quote from Forbes via the NY post! WOW you got a lot of comments!
    Keep up the great posts!



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