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Newsroom Fashion: Stripes & White Popover

6:00:00 AM

Dressing to work in a newsroom can be tricky, and it's something that isn't taught in J-school (or at least it wasn't when I was there). The expectations of how a news person should look and dress have evolved over the years and vary from station-to-station. Gone are the days when women were expected to wear pants/skirt suits. In this day and age, it's perfectly acceptable in some situations to wear jeans!

I work in a newsroom where many of us, including myself, pull double duty - working both on camera and behind the scenes. That can create a dressing conundrum, and that's why I decided to start a weekly newsroom fashion segment. In it I'll share a couple of my outfits from the week, why I chose them, where I bought each item and any tips I feel are pertinent.

My goal with this series is to help aspiring and fresh-out-of-school journalists build up their wardrobes with versatile, fun and appropriate pieces all without breaking the bank. Let's get started!

Dress (Old Navy - on sale & more colors)//Cardigan (old Charlotte Russe - similar, similar)//Shoes (old Target - similar)
I wore this red-and-white striped sheath dress on Tuesday of this week for a regular day of producing. It's sleeveless so to make it work appropriate, I paired it with this red cardigan I've had for ages. Then I pulled out my trusty go-with-everything nude heels. I really love the preppy vibe of this dress and like that it can be easily dressed up by throwing on a blazer instead of the cardigan, which I would have done had I been shooting a story that day. This dress is currently on sale at Old Navy and comes in several more options.

Shirt (Old Navy - no longer available but lots of other patterns here)//Jeans (The Limited)//Boots (Old Navy - no longer available but lots of options here)
I wore this outfit for a day spent holed up in an edit bay working on submissions for awards. These weekender jeans from The Limited are seriously the most comfortable pair of jeans I own. They're super soft, and the flared bottoms make them perfect to wear over boots. The slightly worn look give them just enough of a casual vibe that I feel comfortable wearing them anywhere. I almost opted for a full button-down white shirt but decided to go with this popover instead. I got it while I was pregnant so it's a little over-sized and easy to move in. The slight texture also means wrinkles don't show up as glaringly, which was perfect for a day spent hunched over a computer. And had something important happened that I needed to go out and represent the station, this outfit would still be appropriate.

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6 comments

  1. Hi, Ashton!

    This is a wonderful new idea because I have been wondering how the dress code has changed over the years since I was in TV news. I realize that policies differ at individual stations. As you recall I worked in newsrooms in two different states, north and south, over a span of 15 years before I went to that MTV station where all of the veejays dressed cool, casual and trendy. At my station in PA, the women were required to wear dresses and skirts, no jeans or slacks. Female newscasters needed to slip on a station purchased blazer for the newscast. The Tampa station where I worked in the early and mid 80s also required women to dress professionally but the female anchors did not need to wear a blazer, although some occasionally did. I am eager to see your newsroom OOTD segments.

    Have a great weekend, dear friend Ashton!

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    1. It's changed a lot over just the 6 1/2 years I've been working in the business. When I first started, every reporter - male or female - was required to wear a jacket/blazer on air, there was absolutely no sleeveless allowed and sandals were generally frowned upon. It's a little different for behind-the-scenes folks, but recently we had a new dress code drawn up that puts some requirements on those who don't appear on air as well. The biggest change was eliminating athletic wear.

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  2. What a great idea, Ashton! It's interesting how the dress code has evolved for women, isn't it?

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    1. It is! I think what's most interesting is that not much has changed for our male counterparts. One of the things on our dress code I refuse to abide by is that female on-air personalities shouldn't wear patterns. It was recommended by a consultant because patterns are distracting to viewers. However, the same rule isn't found on the men's section...

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  3. I like this post! Dress code is something that's not addressed in J-School, and it was something I fumbled around with in my first journalism job. I did learn to always keep backup outfits/shoes in my car, though... One day I'd be stomping around a Midwest farm, then have to attend a city meeting that night! Haha!

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    1. Thanks! It's took me a long time to figure out my work style and it's constantly evolving! Speaking of shoes, on days I report I typically have 2 pair - flats and heels.

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