Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Your dress seems familiar...

If you travel around these here United States, you might wind up in a LaQuinta hotel in Houston, Kingston, Texarkana, Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa, Glen Rock, Black Rock, or Little Rock, as the old song "I've Been Everywhere" said.

So after your long hard day making sales calls or installing mainframe computers or building new Toyota dealerships, you come back to your hotel room after dinner at Cracker Barrel and you slide off the sateen upholstery of the "easy" chair in your room and turn on the news.  And you notice something...the female meteorologist is wearing the same dress as the female meteorologist was wearing in the last town you visited.

Those who are on the road will tell you that there is hardly anything to distinguish one city from another anymore.  The same hotels, the same banks, drugstore chains, burger joints and muffler replacement shops are there in every town.  The only way to tell where you are is by seeing what football jersey or ballcap most of the locals are sporting.

And this dress thing, while not part of an organized campaign to get all the women who do the weather to dress in uniforms, is the result of a few needs they have. Lyndsay Tapases, from WBTV in Charlotte, NC, told BuzzFeed News,"The goal is to look polished, professional, and credible. But finding business casual that is also flattering, stylish, and comfortable can be difficult — especially since most women are also looking for dresses with sleeves."

The Homeyee Women’s stretch tunic pencil sheath dress fills the bill, and it only costs $22.99 on Amazon. (The woman who tells you about the cold front over Akron is not yet making Oprah money, and saving money on wardrobe is a must.)

(Am I all alone in thinking that a "pencil sheath" is something to use to carry writing implements around?)

“More than 50 of us purchased the dress, so if you travel and watch the news, you might see something familiar,” Jennifer Myers from Dallas’s Fox 4 wrote on Facebook.

Ms Tapases said that the dress comes in bold, fun colors, and the word got around the private Facebook group for female meteorologists that this dress was a great buy and fits in with station dress codes for on-air staff.  Many stations frown on patterned fabrics, and most do not wish their personalities to display decolletage, even on men.

You'll notice no one is wearing the green version of the dress, if one even exists.  Notice the green screen behind them as they work; that's the chromakey effect that allows them to be superimposed over a map of Greater Cedar Rapids.  So, no green clothing if you're on TV, even on March 17.

None of these women are old enough to realize how much their outfits remind me of Jackie Kennedy.

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