Friday, August 30, 2013

McFadden's Institutes an Interesting Dress Code Policy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

  • Flickr/Chris Wage
This past weekend, my friend Chris Wage snapped this photo at McFadden’s on Second Avenue.

In short, McFadden’s is attempting to establish its dress code as “business casual.” And, apparently, business casual does not include “excessively baggy clothes,” work boots, all-white sneakers and T-shirts, flat-bill hats, three-quarter length pants/jeans, sleeveless shirts, athletic wear (including hoodies), “chained jewelry” and sunglasses. And though it starts out politely enough, the sign ends by indicating that it reserves the right to refuse entry or service to anyone.

Now, I have not spoken with the management of McFadden’s, but I am quite curious why they think my cropped pants are inappropriate. Aside from the fact that they're actually capris from two seasons ago that I'm trying to pass off as cropped pants. I firmly believe the high-waisted jean shorts the young women are wearing now are much more offensive. And speaking of the young folks, they’re wearing Keds again, thanks to Taylor Swift, but the pair I have in a box probably since 1995 are all-white. What gives, McFadden’s? Why don't you like my vintage Keds?

Also, I recently Instagrammed a pic of myself and some friends while I was wearing this super-cute sleeveless top and got tons of likes. The more than three years of hauling my kid around has given me quite a nice pair of guns. But McFadden’s doesn’t want me to show them off?

As for their other bullet points, most don’t apply to me. No sunglasses? I assume they’re attempting to keep Robin Thicke out. And, well, I can’t blame them for that.

Of course, a long set of dress code regulations causing consternation is not a new thing for restaurants. Earlier this month, Bar Louie in Memphis came under fire for instituting some standards that a Yelp reviewer called a “no thug policy.”

The complaint resulted in Bar Louie removing their sign and revising their dress code. Not sure anybody will bother to make a fuss over this one.

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