Back in October Christie Clark, the premier of British Columbia, was called out for wearing an inappropriately low cut top for a professional event by conservative political strategist David Schreck. Though her outfit was conservative in every other way it was a low-cut top and she is a curvy women so she made the active choice to display her décolletage in a professional setting. Unfortunately, when women do this in the professional world, no matter how impressive they are that is what gets the attention. If you’re flat-chested, which this fashion trend supports, you can get away with wearing a lower cut top but for curvier ladies, you have to be careful. “Just by being there, a cleavage will attract attention,” wrote columnist Eve Pollard.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones, women who display too much cleavage at work could end up sabotaging their careers. The survey of 3,000 managers found that almost half of bosses had overlooked a woman for promotion if she had regularly worn low-cut tops to attract attention. Journalist Lucy Cavendish said of the survey:
When I was an editor of a magazine, I would NEVER have employed a woman who’d come for an interview showing off her cleavage, any more than I would have hired a man wearing tight shorts with his lunchbox on prominent display. So why do women insist on ‘putting it all on show’? The answer, regrettably, is because whatever Peter Jones and his survey says, male colleagues do turn in to brain-dead morons at the sight of an impressive cleavage. And far from taking a negative view, in their breast-obsessed stupor men are not only more likely to hire you, but to forgive any shortfalls. I know this, because I’ve been on the receiving end of it – and felt horribly demeaned in the process.