Donald Trump has angered feminists all over again, after a new report suggests that he has told the female staff of his administration that they need to always "dress like women" when at work.
According to the sources inside the President’s team, Mr. Trump requires all of his employees to “be sharply dressed" at all times. But the rule for women seem significantly more complicated.
“Trump likes the women who work for him 'to dress like women',” the report suggests. "Even if you're in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly." Insiders who allegedly worked on the campaign also said that women who worked in President Trump's campaign field offices and are public-facing, but only on a local scale, “felt pressure to wear dresses” to impress the President.
But what does it really mean to "dress like a woman" in Trumpland? Donald’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, has her own Instagram hashtag #WomenWhoWork and a subsequent stream of daily posts showcasing her formulaic pencil dresses and pointed court shoes. Melania, too, favours this polished brand of sheathing; figure-skimming dresses, double-breasted coats and nude Louboutin heels.
It’s true that formal and corporate environments will often call for a professional, personality-minimal approach to fashion, but - as now seems standard practice for any Trump directive - it's sparked an instant backlash on social media.
“[Trump’s] obsession with style are central to his being,” the report muses, perhaps attempting to explain his overzealous concern for his employees appearances. “President Trump sees himself as The Producer, conducting The Trump Show, on and off stage.”