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Workplace Dress Code Censure: Tight Belts Edition

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Do you wear tight clothes? Control-top pantyhose? Tight belts? Um, yes. So do we. And tight belts, of course, love to be fastened tightly. But tucked into the WSJ’s rather ‘no-brainer’ expose on the dangers of overweight men wearing tight-necked button downs (turns out that that’s actually a bad idea) is the following adjudication:

Tight belts can constrict a “major nerve, the lateral, femoral cutaneous nerve, that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh.” The condition is apparently called “meralgia paresthetica”– and guess who else it’s common in? Policemen who carry guns on their hips. Ballet dancers who wear tight tutus.

So if you’re in a fashionable workplace, that makes tight belts an official work hazard. It’s just a matter of time before someone files a lawsuit. After all, this is America.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

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1 Comment

Blair Claflin

Woah! I'm surprised the lawsuit hasn't already been filed. Thank god I disliked ballet so much when I was young. Interesting find, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth B

A Columbia alumna, Elizabeth Burke is fond of overly long walks and overly long books. Elizabeth is a guitar player and hopeless bluegrass fanatic in her off hours.