dress code


Definition of dress code

: formally or socially imposed standards of dress

Examples of dress code in a Sentence

The school imposed a new dress code that forbids students from wearing jeans.

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New York City bans bias against black hair State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, the bill's author, said dress codes banning kinky hair punish African Americans for their natural appearance. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California poised to be first state to ban race-based discrimination against natural hair," 28 June 2019 But dress codes can also be a powerful act of exclusion. Constance Grady, Vox, "Decoding the wedding dress code," 27 June 2019 For the 1940s through ’60s, videos detail the changing game and offer glimpses of the equally dramatic changes in the fashions worn by fans even as the players' dress code remained. Stuart Miller, latimes.com, "Wimbledon is the ultimate pilgrimage for tennis fans and those who love tradition," 23 June 2019 Each public pool should have a clear dress code posted outside. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "What you can and can't wear in Phoenix-area public pools," 20 June 2019 Racing at the venue dates back to 1711, and the infamous dress code is perhaps the most obvious tradition on display. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: Queen Elizabeth II leads royal procession, Prince Harry, Meghan absent," 18 June 2019 The dress code at Awakened Futures ranged from suits to T-shirts to outfits made entirely of blankets. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019 The dress code called for blue jeans, button-downs, and cowboy boots, and Katie wore one of her own designs—an off-the-shoulder dress with puffed sleeves paired with Tabitha Simmons white eyelet shoes. Meredith Heuer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Ermilio & Tylee Abbott's Wedding Turned Pennsylvania into the English Countryside—on a Horse Farm," 29 Apr. 2019 Prom dress codes can turn out to be really sexist, really fast. Teen Vogue, "Suit Up This Prom Season With These 12 Options," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of dress code

1961, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dress code

: a set of rules about what clothing may and may not be worn at a school, office, restaurant, etc.

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