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Should or do grocery stores have a dress code for women?

Asked by Aster (19883points) March 9th, 2012

On rare occasions I’ve seen teens shopping barefoot. Looked very cold to me! But another time a woman with an hourglass figure came in and the checkout guys were staring. She was wearing sandals , short shorts and one of those donut tops. That is, it was a strapless piece of fabric with elastic running through it. She was the same lady who was looking at rings with me in a department store the day before and when we left the buzzers went off. Not saying she stole a ring but it made me so nervous. So is there a dress code for women?

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chyna's avatar

Other than the signs that say “shirts/shoes required” I don’t think there should be a dress code just for women. I’ve seen some guys in questionable clothes also, but my taste and someone else’s taste will never be the same.

muppetish's avatar

Why would there be a dress code for customers other than “No shirt, no shoes, no service”? She wore sandals and a tube top so she was covered and surely comfortable in her own clothes. In Southern California, this won’t turn many heads. We wear sandals everywhere. If we start policing a dress code on others, where is it going to stop? The offensive writing on some douchey teen’s shorts? The equally offensive highlighter orange t-shirt? The rhinestones? The feather boa? People will dress they want to dress.

gailcalled's avatar

Perhaps Mitt, Rush or Rick can draw one up.

Aster's avatar

@muppetish I agree and besides, she was almost wearing a top. lol

SpatzieLover's avatar

Here in Wis, people wear shorts with boots and a Parka. That can look just as offensive to some. Personally, I’m not fond of the whole jammie pants in public craze, but I would never want anyone dictating what I wear so my “No” answer stands.

Tube tops show boobs. Boobs also show when old women go to the store without a bra. I find the latter more offensive as does my husband.

syz's avatar

Are you familiar with this certain site?

john65pennington's avatar

In WalMart, anything goes…......apparently.

jca's avatar

“Donut top” aka a tube top.

janbb's avatar

We all have different standards of what is acceptable but what makes America great (when it is) is tolerance for differences.

Sunny2's avatar

Can you imagine guards standing at the door of a grocery store and turning people away if they are not dresses “properly”? One person’s idea of proper is not necessarily another’s. The WalMart people collections prove that. Gross in my mind, but they seem okay with it.

Blackberry's avatar

Would you like them to wear bags so people don’t look at them?

Mat74UK's avatar

In some places in the UK shops should have a sign saying “No Pyjamas”.

marinelife's avatar

No, nor should there be. I would not be surprised if there was a health department requirement for shoes.

Sunny2's avatar

@Blackberry Now there’s an idea. A plastic trash bag thrown over every customer. And plastic gloves. And face masks. We could start a rumor about how germy and unclean grocery stores are. Can you picture it? The grocery store of the future.

Buttonstc's avatar

I have previously worn shorts (regular, not extremely short) in the middle of freezing winter in MI to the grocery store following a Dr. appointment for shots in my knees. It saved the bother of changing into one of those stupid flimsy paper gowns.

If some store were stupid enough to bar me from shopping due to some customers complaining how ridiculous it seemed, they wouldn’t be getting any further business from me EVER AGAIN.

I have my own reasons for wearing shorts in cold weather and the store and judgemental customers can just mind their own business.

ratboy's avatar

Women have absolutely no business entering a store dressed.

JLeslie's avatar

I think the only requirement should be shoes. I guess maybe shirts, but even then, I have gone to the grocery store in gym clothes, which sometimes was just a bra top. I think the shirt is more so men are not shirtless. Obviously decency laws mean women have something on on top.

Aethelflaed's avatar

No, no shoes no shirt no service really is good enough.

Seriously, if you’re really freaking out about someone else’s dress, either you need to reassess your priorities, or, be incredibly grateful that you have such a care-free and untroubled life that this is your biggest problem.

Shippy's avatar

No, d definitely y not, since for the most of eight months, I did go to the grocery store in my PJ’s. I was there to buy food not impress anyone. Beside I do have quite nice pyjamas. They look sort of like a track suite. Like I said, I was there to get things I need, not please the nation.

HungryGuy's avatar


Shoes are a health and safety issue, but everything else is a matter of taste. If you don’t like looking at nekkid female flesh, stay locked up in yer’ cave…

ragingloli's avatar

Only from a certain age and/or weight.

Haleth's avatar

That would be terrible for business. Turning customers away isn’t going to help the company’s sales in the short run. In the long term, I would NEVER shop somewhere that had a sexist policy like that, and I’d tell everyone I knew not to support them either.

linguaphile's avatar

20 years ago, I went into a grocery store and saw a large… large… woman in bike shorts and a huge tank top, without a bra. Her big ‘girls’ hung so low that the nipples peeked out from under her tank top. She had a toddler with her—she held him with one hand, by the waist, while his arms and legs dangled. He got hungry, scooped up a teat and proceeded to snack right there, still dangling.

That day, I wished for a dress code.

After seeing that, nothing else fazes me. Nothing.

rooeytoo's avatar

I would say that if one imposes a dress code for females then there should also be one for fat old men whose bottoms and bellies are always hanging out. It ain’t a pretty sight on either gender but hey, I am not fond of public nakedness on anyone at any age. Unless bodies are airbrushed to perfection, they just are not all that pretty to look at (or sanitary).

Bent's avatar

The only dresscode signs I’ve seen in stores are the “No shirt, no service” ones that are aimed at men. I see more dresscode signs in pubs and bars (“No sportswear/workwear/baseball hats” etc).

I fail to see how the woman’s state of dress is related to the likelihood that she might steal something, and if it does, why does that affect only women? Why not apply the same dresscode to men too?

Shippy's avatar

@rooeytoo yes it did occur to me as to why males were left out of the equation. All round I think people should be left alone really to dress how they like. I know it can be difficult to want to dress even, or dress up. Some people have spouses etc., that will comment and advise them if their outfit is a bit off. Others don’t.

JLeslie's avatar

@Bent Ironically people would be more likely to steal with big baggy clothing that covers the body well (that is who we called for sevurity to watch when I worked in retail, you would be surprised how often they did actually steal, but I worked in a clothing store, not a grocery store).

SpatzieLover's avatar

I agree @JLeslie. Both of my parents did work for a grocery chain for many years. The people most likely to steal: Elderly people wearing long coats & women with large purses. My parents found that people that appeared to be “above” the regular class that frequents a particular grocery store also tended to be the ‘typical lifter’.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I think that shoes should be required in shops even if it’s just to protect the shop from being sue’d if there’s an injury (I can’t imagine having your toes run over by some careless trolly driver is very comfortable!!!) and for hygiene reasons. I don’t care what else people choose to do their weekly shop.

Ron_C's avatar

Frankly, I like naked women so I am naturally against any dress code for them.

jca's avatar

One thing that’s annoying is when I’m in any kind of store and kids with “wheelies” (sneakers that transform into roller skates with disappearing wheels on the bottom) come whizzing by. Their moms are usually there, clueless, meanwhile, many stores have signs “No wheelies (wheeled shoes) allowed in store.”

Ron_C's avatar

@jca I think you’re wrong, I think those “wheelies” are cool. Too bad they don’t make them in adult sizes. The best I could do is sneakers with lights in their heels.

jca's avatar

@Ron_C: They may be cool and they may be fun but it’s not appropriate to have kids whizzing around inside stores.

Aster's avatar

I love to see kids in wheelies but never see them anymore. And @jca I also like the shoes with lights but don’t have the nerve to wear them!

gailcalled's avatar

@Aster: Why? It doesn’t take much nerve. Remember that everyone that you think is looking at you is really asking him or herself about why everyone in really looking at him/her.

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