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Opinion: The fashion police are judging you on Zoom

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Richard Thompson Ford writes that the start of the pandemic seemed like a reprieve from the critical eyes of colleagues judging your attire -- and, by proxy, who you are. But one year on, video conferences have brought on new layers and levels of critique.

Richard Thompson Ford is a professor of law at Stanford and author of "Dress Codes: how the laws of fashion made history. " The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author.

Dress codes have been an unavoidable part of life for centuries as I discovered when researching my book "Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History. "

Governments from Tudor England to the city-states of the Italian peninsula responded with sumptuary laws to make sure that only elites could wear luxurious clothing: these dress codes made a well-established hierarchy tangible and visible.

And some of the punishments for these crimes of fashion could have come straight from the Elizabethans: one school forced students who broke the dress code to wear an oversized neon-yellow t-shirt emblazoned with the words "DRESS CODE VIOLATOR" for the day.

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