The “Virgin blouse wars” have reignited the discussion about imposing an employee dress code that only affects female workers. In this particular case, Virgin Trains’ female staff have rejected their new uniform that includes a “flimsy” and “revealing” red blouse. In the same week it was reported that Turkish Airlines has banned its crew members from wearing red or dark pink lipstick and nail polish, as “such colourful displays impair visual integrity”.

Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with Virgin Atlantic Airline to redesign the company’s well-known red uniforms. The uniforms will be made with some sustainable fabrics and feature “40s-esque nipped in waist and Savile Row touches”.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of flight attendant uniforms, then hop on over to Cliff Muskiet’s website. This Dutchman has been collecting and photographing cabin crew uniforms for more than 20 years.

Fab Links from Our Members

The Museum at FIT has an online fashion collection by date. Deb predicts that once she starts exploring the archives, she will get lost for hours.

Sarah A thought that “10 Step Wardrobe Revamp” contains lots of great info on editing and organizing your wardrobe.

While searching for bloggers that only wear black, Deborah came across Ilanka over at Fashion Nerdic. A Dutch lass who has a very dramatic, striking style and… only wears white.

Annagybe recommends taking a look at this very interesting article about the evolution of shock in fashion.

Imogen’s post on how to dress your tummy when you have a Caesar scar or lots of weight is a good read. Angie would like to add that structured or semi-structured jackets worn open over loose drapey tops with slim or bootcut bottoms is another great way to go.

Laurinda admires Mariah Herron for choosing a prom dress that suits her personality and lifestyle, to wit a custom Winter camouflage dress sewn by her dad.

Colour Muse regularly publishes articles on proportion and style for the 50+ crowd. Definitely worth checking out, says Dianthus.

Nancylee enjoyed this interview in which Patricia Volk discusses her new memoir “Shocked”, the story of the two women who impressed their ideas of beauty and womanhood on her: her own mother and haute couture designer Elsa Schiaparelli.