Disney lets female employees expose legs, arms

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Here is a little more information on the dress code changes from the Sarah Tully at the OC Register:

Disney’s female employees for the first time can expose their legs and full arms while at work.

Last month, the Walt Disney Co. eased up its famously strict dress code — called the Disney Look — by allowing women to forgo pantyhose while wearing skirts. They also can sport sleeveless tops with straps that are at least three-inches wide.

“We want to make sure we’re true to our brand and heritage, but we want to stay relevant,” said Betsy Sanchez, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.

The Disneyland Resort, which includes two theme parks, is the largest private employer in Orange County with about 20,000 workers. Most of the employees affected by the new dress code work behind the scenes, but those using costumes with hosiery will be required to wear  them in the parks.

Disney has enforced the Disney Look, which has its own manual, since 1957. In the 1960s, even some Disneyland male visitors with long hair were asked to leave. Disney banned mustaches for employees until 2000. Cornrows on males were allowed three years later.

The most recent update came May 28, Sanchez said. Other changes include:

  • Women can wear capri pants.
  • Women’s shoes can be open toed and have slingbacks. Before, shoes could only be one or the other.
  • Men can wear untucked, camp-style shirts, like the Tommy Bahamas brand.

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