Dress, pants, skirts, shorts — wear what you want.
Coming from the world of reality TV and beauty pageants, it's no surprise that President Donald Trump has a pretty serious interest in the optics of any given situation — with a focus on people who look the part and less about if they're actually able to do the job.
Whether talking about "his generals," his cabinet, or his vice president, Trump often puts an emphasis on on looking "straight from central casting" (yes, he really said that) as one of the things he seeks in candidates for just about any position.
Trump poses with Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo, in Las Vegas. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images.
But it was a line from a recent article at Axios that had people scratching their heads (emphasis mine):
"Trump likes the women who work for him 'to dress like women,' says a source who worked on Trump's campaign. 'Even if you're in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly.' We hear that women who worked in Trump's campaign field offices — folks who spend more time knocking on doors than attending glitzy events — felt pressure to wear dresses to impress Trump.'"
What does it mean to "dress like a woman"?
How aren't we past this by now? It's a statement that certainly gives off a very Victorian vibe.
May 1884: Late Victorian flower show and garden party dresses, with high bustles and fitted corset lines. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
It's 2017! Are you a woman? Are you wearing clothes?
If you answered "yes" to both questions, congratulations! You're dressed like a woman!
In response, people took to Twitter to provide some powerful examples of what it means to #DressLikeAWoman whether you're at work ...
Got the memo @realDonaldTrump This is how to #DressLikeAWoman https://t.co/828oNwuK4k— Linda Springer (@Linda Springer) 1486094284
Put on that flight suit and #DressLikeAWoman 🚀 https://t.co/s2D3uOL0ri— Emily Calandrelli (@Emily Calandrelli) 1486133563
Here's how I #DressLikeAWoman for #NWPD because #ILookLikeASurgeon @WomenSurgeons https://t.co/uOhaN8IJmz— Dr. Lillian Erdahl MD (@Dr. Lillian Erdahl MD) 1486137519
... or, of course, at play.
How else to #DressLikeAWoman? Ask me when I'm a bellydancing Wookiee cosplaying as the TARDIS. #RaksGeek… https://t.co/1CoIEBplHO— Dawn Xiana Moon @ DisCon III (@Dawn Xiana Moon @ DisCon III) 1486100062
#DressLikeAWoman......with 23 Grand Slams to your name.....👍☺️ https://t.co/nc4TI84CkS— 🌻🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🌻 20 May - World 🐝 Day (@🌻🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🌻 20 May - World 🐝 Day) 1486095337
POTUS: This is how I #DressLikeAWoman https://t.co/FFcHILp54G— Leilani Münter (@Leilani Münter) 1486094592
Comedians Cameron Espisito and Rhea Butcher shared this example of women dressed like women while getting married to another woman.
#DressLikeAWoman Marry a woman while ur both dressed like women! https://t.co/YxucRXtfQH— Cameron Esposito (@Cameron Esposito) 1486092600
Other people shared photos of women who dress like women while serving their country.
#DressLikeAWoman https://t.co/hm2OubSw4c— Dan Slott (@Dan Slott) 1486089065
Senator Tammy Duckworth knows how to #DRESSLIKEAWOMAN https://t.co/dbRH42If4T— Charie D. La Marr (@Charie D. La Marr) 1486095341
The point here is that there's no right or wrong way to be a woman (or a man, for that matter) and that includes what you decide to wear.
Some women like to wear dresses; some don't. It's not what's being worn, but who's wearing it that counts. So wear a dress, or a suit, or scrubs, or a uniform, or even a wookie costume while you belly dance — just be yourself while you're doing it, and you'll be fine.
#dresslikeawoman Katharine Hepburn when harangued about not wearing a skirt: "I’ll wear it to your funeral.” https://t.co/8yz2UvCtX3— Dubhthaigh Adams (@Dubhthaigh Adams) 1486092095