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Mixed Reactions To Dress Code For Ukrainian Government Personnel

A cabinet staff member leaves work. Now that skirt just won't do.
A cabinet staff member leaves work. Now that skirt just won't do.
KYIV – The Ukrainian government has imposed a dress code for employees and visitors, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Government employees have been told not to wear the same clothes for two consecutive days. Staff have been advised to wear suits in shades of blue and grey. Black is deemed more appropriate for special occasions, according to the recommendations posted on the government website last week.

The main requirements are neatness and modesty. Women are encouraged not to wear short skirts or low-cut tops. Only married women may wear expensive jewellery. Bright ties and flashy accessories are also not recommended.

Ukrainian designer Oksana Karavanska says she doubts the recommendations will drastically change the appearance of Ukrainian civil servants.

"Some try to show off his or her wealth, some her legs or decollete. It depends on the culture," Karavanska says.

A Ukrainian journalist was barred from entering the government building on October 5 for what was deemed inappropriate dress.

Ihor Storozhuk, who heads the Ukrainian cabinet's information department, complains that journalists often dress as though for a picnic or a sports competition when attending government gatherings.

"Some say that [journalism] is a creative type of job, but it should not justify lack of respect for the country's government," Storozhuk says.

Presidential administration deputy head Hanna Herman told Interfax the presidential administration would not follow the cabinet's example. She said its newly introduced dress code was "outdated."