The Wrap: Museum to Spotlight the Plain White T-shirt, Students Sent Home For Wearing Haitian Flag Shirts
Here's what's happening this week in the apparel world ...
New York's Museum of Modern Art knows how the perfect T-shirt can be the most important piece of a wardrobe nowadays. According to GQ, the museum is opening up an exhibit in December 2017 that will feature clothes from the last hundred years, such as a little black dress, Casio watch and white tee. There will be 99 pieces in the exhibit, called, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"
Last week, students at Immokalee High in Miami were sent home from school for wearing Haitian flag shirts in honor of Haitian Flag Day, Miami Herald reported. The school district's dress code prohibits students from wearing all but four flags and the Haitian flag is not one of the four. According to Miami Herald, in years past school officials have looked the other way on Haitian Flag Day, but students apparently have been known to get out of hand with their celebrations.
J.C. Penney will be selling less apparel and more home items, Fortune reported. The department store's apparel sales have declined recently with more shoppers spending their money at off-price stores, like T.J. Maxx. J.C. Penney will continue to focus on its popular Sephora boutiques and is adding Signature Design by Ashley to its furniture category.
A North Carolina school district is hoping to change its dress code so that students will be prohibited from wearing skinny jeans and leggings, NBC reported. The New Hanover County students obviously are upset—but so are their parents. "Instead of spending time judging students for what they wear, how about we just worry about helping our students learn?" Lisa Esptep, a school board member, said.
Renting and trading clothes instead of buying is becoming increasingly popular. According to CNBC, spending data shows consumers are spending less money on clothes, instead spending more on eating out, vacations and paying down debt. Renting clothes is a budget friendly way to get a new wardrobe. One clothing rental company, Le Tote, calls itself the Netflix for clothes, and shipped an estimated 1.5 million items to customers in 2015.
Ashley Chiaradio is the Senior Content Strategist at Total Retail. Ashley has been creating content for more than 7 years, and provides a unique insight in covering the retail industry having worked directly for retailers in the past. She’s passionate about profiling women leadership in the space.