NEW YORK CITY — New York’s dress-code change is about diversity and respect, not about fashion, city officials said Tuesday.
The citywide dress code is a reflection of who New Yorkers are and the way that they are going about life, city Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference.
“We’re not just changing the dress code, but we’re changing the way we dress and how we interact with each other, and that’s really what we’re talking about,” he said.
“The City Council and the Mayor have made this a priority.
We want people to feel like they belong, not like they have to be somebody that they’re not.
So that’s what we’ve done.””
New York City is changing its dress code to reflect the diverse nature of our city,” he continued.
“This is not about the fashion industry.
This is about the way our city looks at each other.”
The dress code change comes after the citywide police department received complaints from women and men who felt uncomfortable in wearing a dress that was too short, too revealing or too revealing at the neckline.
“When we were talking to the police department about it, they told us that it’s about respecting women,” said NYPD Chief of Department David Price.
“So that’s a great step forward.
We hope to continue to see this trend change as we move forward.””
This is the first step to a whole new era in the dress codes of New York, and we’re really excited to get the rest of the work in place in the next couple of weeks.”
The city’s dress codes are being phased in over the next three years.
The dress code will include more “gender neutral” options such as pants and skirts.
In addition, there will be more options for the police to wear in public, such as hoodies and gloves.
The City Commission has already approved the new dress code.
“We are now looking at making changes to the dress and public attire of our police officers,” the city’s chief said.
“And as we work through the process, we are committed to ensuring that we continue to respect the unique ways of women and girls.”
The mayor’s office said the changes will be implemented in the coming weeks and will be based on the city government’s review of dress codes in other cities.
The department also plans to create more gender neutral dress code options, including hoodies, gloves and a hat.