Should Women Wear Skirts or Pants to Work?

Living 2011/09/22 11:00:00
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Maybe it has something to do with Hillary Clinton, but all of a sudden, skirts are back "in" for working women.

According to a new study at the U.K.’s University of Hertfordshire, skirts at work "give a better first impression" than pants, the "Today" show reports.

In the study, 300 males and females ages 14-67 were asked to make three-second judgments of women in skirts and pantsuits made in the same fabric and color. They rated the women on confidence, success, trustworthiness, salary and flexibility.

The skirts had a major leg up on the competition.

"Women generally have a wider choice of dress style for work than men but still have to maintain an identity that balances professionalism with attractiveness, and the skirt suit may achieve that balance without appearing provocative," wrote professor Karen Pine, who co-led the study.

Our read on the study is kind of cynical: It's not enough to be great at your job -- women are still expected to be feminine and attractive.

Even Hillary Clinton -- our Secretary of State -- is ruthlessly locked for her colorful pantsuits.

Then again, those suits are kind of silly. And not very flattering.
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  • Mrs. Kathy Arch 2013/02/01 05:07:23
    Mrs. Kathy Arch
    I'm pretty traditional.
  • poodles 2011/09/27 00:37:38
    Well I am lucky as my wife always wears a skirt or a dress, she hates pants and will not wear them ever,she has over 125 skirts and over 50 dresses,she tells me she feels more classy and sexy and yes she even wears all types of nylons from pantyhose to real stockings so I love her since of style http://images1.chictopia.com/...
  • ryuu khan 2011/09/23 19:57:11
    ryuu khan
    what they please but really skirts or so much prettier and mostle likely easyer to run in if you were the correct type of skirt skirts prettier mostle easyer run correct type skirt frilly skirt does not get in the way when pants just stay were they or you can rip them easly
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    Ferηαηdo 夢 ɗəɑʇɦ ɗəʃɪəʀ ʘʃ ρɦɑəʇ
    Depends on their preference. Was this question really worth being asked?
  • Bronti 2011/09/23 16:31:41
    Should men wear ties to work?

    And, someone please tell the republicans, if they show up wearing red, white and blue it does NOT make them appear more patriotic. It looks more like their mother dressed them.
    work republicans wearing red white blue patriotic mother dressed rick perry republican debate

    And Huntsman, I don't know who told you to wear a yellow tie because it gives off the impression of being warm and powerful. It's so 90's and so ugly. If you insist, please tone down the color and pair it with a black suit.
    warm powerful 90s insist tone color pair black suit john hunstman yellow tie
    (My reply is directed at this sexist question and obvious demeaning reference to Hillary.)
  • AN 2011/09/23 14:15:24
    Whatever makes you comfortable really...
  • Maverick 2011/09/23 13:30:26
    Of course they should wear whatever they wish but I do believe women look more professional, fashionable and pretty in a skirt over pants. Larger women especially.
  • Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of P... 2011/09/23 12:57:10
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
    Whatever we feel comfortable in wearing.
  • Todd *RP 2012* 2011/09/23 12:52:41
    Todd *RP 2012*
    Whatever they darn well please.

    And Hillary wears those pantsuits because she does not have the legs for skirts. She's gotten older and she's got stout ol' calves and ankles.
  • SocratesIII 2011/09/23 12:33:42 (edited)
    Glad to see them come back. A well worn sirt at knee length is both fashionable and tasteful. The pants were for industrial and production workers out of safety concerns. Sharelength fashionable tasteful pants industrial production workers safety concerns jackie kennedy dressesAlso Hillary the Lesbian Dog has nothing on Jackie.
  • Boris D. 2011/09/23 11:55:18
    Boris D.
  • david shiel 2011/09/23 10:36:16
    david shiel
    The elder Ms. Clinton needs to keep her pants on.
  • Vieuphoria 2011/09/23 09:38:27
    damn well up to them
  • katt 2011/09/23 08:42:52
    Whatever they want to wear as long as its appropriate for the work place
  • shindogg 2011/09/23 07:03:47
    women should dress like women. pants are to be worn by men and men only. this mess all started with the feminists tryin to make men's fashion theirs. the only time women should wear pants is to look good for men. i mean, women cant show their coin slot, panty lines (or pants-crack if they opt for thongs) or camel in skirts. im just bein real. thats all i ever saw good in pants on women is checkin out their hips butt and crotch. those who dont agree are probably women so dont need to comment anyway as im sure they do the same in regard to men. you dont see men wearin skirts to work as it wouldnt be deemed acceptable attire for the workplace and it should technically be the same for women wearin pantsuits. its not pretty and it just looks very lesbian especially with the padded shoulder blazers and some women even wear ties! seriously WTF?! i would rather women come to work dressed as cheap hoes than come lookin like they want to be men for halloween(and most of the time its not even october!).
  • Shae shindogg 2011/09/23 18:09:50
    so your saying these women look like lesbians?
  • shindogg Shae 2011/09/26 08:36:33
    not full-on lesbians but that pantsuit doesnt look appealin at all on jlo. the padded shoulders look is not fittin for her or really any chick for that matter. i dont know how pamela did it but she still looks very fine. its probably that she needed a loose fit shirt so not to squeeze those meat balloons up there.
  • Shae shindogg 2011/09/26 12:51:11
    That's why Pam needed a baggy shirt.
  • intolerantrwj 2011/09/23 05:10:46
    .. what the heck .. where's the Bra-less Button ... what's the world coming to anyway

    ..... I know, it's a Plot against us animals < s >
  • Keith 2011/09/23 05:00:40
    seeing as how I absolutely, positively without a doubt love legs my answer isn't pants....but then again jeans and high heels are a close 2nd
  • Lolaita 2011/09/23 04:58:23
  • Danny Barker 2011/09/23 04:21:46
    Danny Barker
    Who realy cares? most of them wear what they want which is realy fine with me. I am just saying.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2011/09/23 03:48:12
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Whatever their jobs allows and whatever they want
  • rr lyrae 2011/09/23 03:10:59
    rr lyrae
    or pants.
  • Sir Bud. 2011/09/23 03:08:06 (edited)
    Sir Bud.
    Not another UK study!?.LOL."women are still expected to be feminine and attractive".Well if 300 peoples opinions are allowed to suggest what the rest of the world thinks,our problem is certainly not what is appropriate dress or not!.Have these people nothing
    better to do?.
    P.S.What happened to the"Other"answer option?.My answer is"Other".There should be no rule demanding women to wear skirts or pants to work.Same goes for the men!.LOL.
  • El Prez Sir Bud. 2011/09/23 03:30:36
    El Prez
    Sooooo! Right!!!
  • Indie 2011/09/23 03:03:57
    We should be able to wear any of them... But when it comes to me, I love going to work in dresses... NO need to find a top that goes with the bottom + they makes me feel so femine and sexy!!!

    wear love work dresses feel femine sexy day dress
  • El Prez Indie 2011/09/23 03:31:54
    El Prez
    And you look great too!!! Of course you would probably look good in pants too.
  • Socrate... Indie 2011/09/23 12:37:58 (edited)
    Great Photo and yes you wear a dress with class and seductive allure.
  • C. C. Rider 2011/09/23 02:59:27 (edited)
    C. C. Rider
    Skirts have always been in for the gals who like em, just the same for pants.
    As for Hilliary she always dresses pefect for what ever occasion she is involved in. Her type of trend setting way surpasses any dress wear, what she encourages for women is "Brain wear",it will get you noticed no matter what you are wearing.

    Sharesurpasses dress wear encourages women brain wearit noticed wearing Hilliary cllinton
    Sharesurpasses dress wear encourages women brain wearit noticed wearing Hilliary cllinton
  • El Prez C. C. R... 2011/09/23 03:36:27
    El Prez
    "Brain Wear"!!! Well played C.C. Rider.
  • C. C. R... El Prez 2011/09/23 11:02:14
    C. C. Rider
    LOL thank you, it is rare I am that lucid....
  • Student 2011/09/23 02:49:54
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  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2011/09/23 01:56:55
  • Indy 95 2011/09/23 01:56:19
    Indy 95
    I think women should be able to wear either one......and look good
  • Liza Jane 2011/09/23 01:52:57
  • El Prez Liza Jane 2011/09/23 03:33:04
    El Prez
    Well said!!
  • ibangel6 Liza Jane 2011/09/23 04:10:14
    it's just a poll. and it just rattled off some statistics, so calm down. This is neither a big deal nor worth such an upset reaction. No one is saying that it has to be one or the other. Women will whichever they please
  • intoler... Liza Jane 2011/09/23 05:02:07
    .... not certain I got your exact thought ... could you run that by me again < s >
  • c.stuartHardwick 2011/09/23 01:52:12 (edited)
    Actually, I lied. Should they wear pants or skirts? Yes.

    Or bathing suits or Nomex, or whatever is appropriate for the job. Whatever they wear, many of them will make it look awesome.

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