For men, “professional attire” is pretty straightforward. Unless a job requires a uniform, a man’s work wardrobe typically falls into one of these classes: suits and ties if the dress code skews formal, dress pants with button-downs if it’s semi-forma, slacks with crisp shirts if it’s laid back, and finally, jeans and t-shirts if it’s a work setting with very young men or older men who say “fuck it!”
When girls at a school in Auckland, New Zealand were told their skirts had to fall below their knees, their principal decided to give the most WTF reason in the history of sexist dress code decrees. According to The Guardian, the school’s deputy principal told them this new rule was intended to “keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas, and create a good work environment for male staff.”
For some reason, singer-songwriter Erykah Badu decided to wade in on the controversy.