Interns Making Annual Ritual of Fashion Faux Pas in DC

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Henry Clay
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"Interns across the city face a sartorial conundrum when they land, in all of their flip-flopped glory, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol," said Rachel Cothran, who writes a fashion blog, www.projectbeltway.com . "It makes sense that these young women haven't yet stocked their closets with weeks' worth of professional and stylish clothes; however, there is no excuse for showing up to work in too-tight poly-blend black pants. This is Longworth, not Lotus."

A Senate Democratic press aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he cannot speak for his office on this topic, agrees that club-wear is not suitable for Congress. "If you wear it to the club, don't wear it to Congress," he said, adding: "This advice applies only to the Senate side because it seems to me just about anything flies in the House, including flip-flops "” and not the John Kerry kind."
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Interns Making Annual Ritual of Fashion Faux Pas in DC

[img]http://www.lincolnherald.com/images/MaryToddDag.gif[/img]"My, oh my!" said Mary Todd Lincoln. "We've gone from cameos at the throat to flip flops on the feet!"

I'm meeting very shortly with a church intern. We'll see what she shows up in!

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Henry, you know the posting requirements for stories relating to women's fashion.

Photos, please ( a la Ben Franklin)

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I once had an employee show up to work in flip-flops. I told her if she did so again that she would be out of a job.

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I was expecting so much more out of this story Bob. Last summer they had the term "skintern". No skintern reference at all this year and no pics. Dreadful reporting.

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ABC News has the story right compared with Roll Call:

"These kids all come out, and they're still wearing tank tops and flip-flops, and that's where the action is," said Alex Pareene, editor of Wonkette.com, a political Web site.

The site sponsors a "Hotties on the Hill" contest, highlighting the sexiest interns on Capitol Hill.

"The easiest way to stand out is to not dress conservatively, and maybe if you can get noticed, you might get a full-time position," Pareene said.

[url=http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2247649]Skinterns[/url]

[url=http://wonkette.com/politics/top/hill-intern-hotties-the-women-182972.ph... Contest[/url]

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[quote]"Gen Y -- or millenials, as they are often called -- don't have the same sense of respect for hierarchy or authority as older generations do," said Tory Johnson, founder and CEO of Women for Hire. [/quote]

I am really getting sick of hearing this. My coworkers have all become obsessed with the generational differences published in magazines and elsewhere.

They seem to think if they memorize the damn things, they will be better able to communicate with and understand other generations - since I'm the only person working here who is a member of the millenial generation, they use these theories to "understand" me when I talk to them.

Millenials have respect for authority - but you have to earn it. I'm not going to kiss someone's ass just because they hold some great title - show me you're a leader and I'll treat you like one. Run your organization professionally, and I'll dress as such.

If the interns on capitol hill are dressing like hoes, it's because they've learned showing skin lands you the job. These idiotic articles about how interns dress is just a distractor from the real problem, which I suspect is that Capitol Hill is being run very poorly.

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[quote="Mary1"] Millenials have respect for authority - but you have to earn it. I'm not going to kiss someone's ass just because they hold some great title - show me you're a leader and I'll treat you like one. [/quote]

That's not what "respect for authority" means.

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Run your organization professionally, and I'll dress as such.
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How is someone going to be able to run a professional organization in order to get you to dress professionally, if he can't get you to dress professionally in order to run a professional organization in the first place?

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[quote="Mary1"]Run your organization professionally, and I'll dress as such.[/quote]

Yo, Mary1! How about this policy: "Dress professionally, or else... [size=24][color=red]YOU'RE FIRED![/color][/size]"

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See - now that policy would make sense. But apparently, there are no rules stating those who are dressed poorly will be fired. Instead, it becomes the subject of games.

You people are nit picking my post and missing the point -

If the interns are dressing poorly it's not because of lack of respect for authority or generational differences -

it's because capitol hill is messed up and there are no consequences for peoples' actions.

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[quote="Virgil Kane"]How is someone going to be able to run a professional organization in order to get you to dress professionally, if he can't get you to dress professionally in order to run a professional organization in the first place?[/quote]

Which came first, the chicken or the egg, Virgil??

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The chicken comes first. See rklindell's post above. My first thought on reading that part of your post was the same. You as an employee don't get to require your employer to run a professional organization before you will dress professionally.

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[quote="Virgil Kane"]The chicken comes first. See rklindell's post above. My first thought on reading that part of your post was the same. You as an employee don't get to require your employer to run a professional organization before you will dress professionally.[/quote]

You do if there is no dress code in place and no one is willing to step up and be a proficient supervisor and tell you to dress appropriately. You do if you find that dressing in tube tops and flip flops gets you the job instead of your merits as a worker.

That's my point - attitude reflects leadership. There is obviously a lack of proper leadership on Capitol Hill.

Blaming a poor wardrobe on generational differences is a joke.

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