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New Disney dress code lets the ladies leave the hose at home, and bare arms, heels and toes

June 16, 2010 | 10:00 am

Call it the "bare necessities" -- in its most recent revamp of theme park employee dress codes, the Walt Disney Co. has decreed that women are no longer required to wear pantyhose, and that, for the first time, they may wear sleeveless tops -- as long as the shoulder straps are at least three inches wide.

You can read the full story in this article written by Hugo Martin and Jason Garcia in Wednesday's Business section of the Los Angeles Times, but the upshot is that the latest tweaks to the famously conservative theme park dress code (which forbade mustaches on male employees until 2000) will allow female employees to wear capri pants, and open-toed slingback shoes in addition to sporting bare arms and legs. (Apparently, the only exception is when leg wear is required as part of a costume -- that means you. Tinkerbell. And Alice, don't even think about throwing those tights down a rabbit hole).

As for the fellows, they can now wear an untucked casual shirt to work. One word of caution: If it's a Lacoste crocodile-logo shirt (yes, it's a crocodile, not an alligator; trust us), you might want to steer clear of the Captain Hook character -- we hear such things tend make him a bit skittish.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photos: A May 4, 2005, file photo from Disneyland in Anaheim, one of Disney's theme parks affected by a new employee dress code that permits women to wear capri pants and open-toed shoes as well as forgo pantyhose for the first time -- unless it's part of a character costume. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.