Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that the national Conservative conference CPAC was held this week. Palin, Rubio, Paul, Bachmann and all those exciting performers were on hand.
An item of interest, beyond the talent, is a PDF that has been circulating on the web. It is a suggested dress code for CPAC attendees, put together by a conservative “image designer” who has worked for Rick Santorum.
Attendees are told not to wear halter tops, leggings, rompers, or “dressy” shorts. Certain brands of clothing are discouraged, like the shoe brands Toms and Ugg boots. Toms donates a pair of shoes to someone in the developing world for every pair they sell, so maybe that’s in conflict with conservative beliefs. Also, attendees are discouraged from “wearing anything that you would wear to Walmart or a nightclub.” Presumably dressing for these two occasions were thought to be key points of reference most conservatives could relate to.
Also, conservatives who are “struggling with the question” of whether an item of clothing is leggings or pants, are advised just to give up trying to figure it out and not bring the confusing item at all.
As Jezebel points out, there are some examples provided of what you should wear, “’90s conservative casual, essentially.”
The reason for all this sartorial anxiety is that conservatives are hoping to avoid the scandal which tainted last year’s CPAC. Apparently, there were some women who appeared dressed “like two-bit hookers” and also some young men who went out and purchased condoms, not even bothering to remove their CPAC conference credentials.
You can view a full size version of the “what to wear” guide here.