Chicago Pizzeria Blasted for ‘Racist’ Dresscode Banning Baggy Pants, Flannel

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

A Chicago restaurant has found themselves under rapid fire for a posted dress code that bans an extremely long list of attire. The list is extensive and excessive and bans about 3/4 of my wardrobe (I wear a lot of yoga pants and t-shirts, okay?). However, I don’t think it falls under the category of “racist” like many people are claiming.


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While I can see the impression given that they are trying to exclude minorities seeings how a lot of items on the list may be worn by minorities, there are SEVERAL items that are also worn by white people. I should know. Most of my wardrobe is on this list in some form!

The owner of the restaurant claims to want to keep it clean and classy….well as classy as you can be while eating pizza and chugging beer I suppose….but what I don’t understand is why they would have such an extreme list. One would have to be practically naked to get in.

The insanely long list of unacceptable clothing is as follows:

-No bad attitude or behavior

– No excessively baggie, sagging, ripped, dirty, frayed, overly flashy or bright clothing

– No matching colors of the shoes, hat and/or shirt

– No Hawaiian, tie dye, floral, skull prints or anything else obnoxious

• No gang attire (leather cuts, colors or insignia) and no camouflage

– No embellishments or statement jackets, shirts, beanies or hats

-No rude, vulgar or offensive clothing

– No overly large purses or bags. Backpacks must be coat checked if available

– No skateboards, hoverboards or animals

– No plain white tees, long tees, denim, flannel (not even around one’s waist) or zippers on shirts

– No cut-off shirts, deep V-necks, undershirts or mesh shirts. Tank tops before 6 p.m. only

– No sports jerseys (except during games and of the appropriate team)

– No Tapout, Ed Hardy, Affliction or MMA brands

– No shearling/fur, leather, jean jackets, short-sleeve hoodies or overly long hoodies

– No puffer/quilted jackets or vests and no novelty sweaters

– No hoodies underneath shirts or jackets

– No overalls, cargo, bleached/stone/acid-washed, odd-colored or leather pants

– No joggers, manpris, drop crotch pants or pants with numerous zippers

– No athletic wear, like Under Armour, sweats, gym shoes and etc.

– No compression pants underneath shorts or rolled-up jeans

– No jean shorts, and other shorts must be no longer than 1 inch past your knees

– No Jordans, Nike Air Max or Air Force [shoes]

– No high tops, high socks or athletic sneakers (Chucks and Vans are allowed)

– Shoes are required at all times (no sandals after 8 p.m.)

– Dress boots must be fully laced up (no work boots)

– Hats must be worn at all times (no stickers or tags)

– No brimless headgear

– No male jewelry (chains are not allowed in the establishment at all)

– No visible tattoos on neck, face or hands

I must say, it is also bewildering that they created such a complex set of rules, yet photos taken from inside the “club” do not reflect the dress code. So do they advertise the code and then let it slide….or??

Bottom line: Does it sound like a sucky place to go? Yeah, it does. It strips any shred of originality the patrons may have. However, is it a racist establishment for creating a dress code? No, I don’t believe it is.

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