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What Not to Wear: Beijing Olympics Edition

Chinese authorities know that looking fierce is key to making a good impression on the world. That's why they're handing out etiquette books to 4 million households. In the books, the Chinese fashion police have put white socks with black shoes, outfits with more than three colors, and pajamas in public on the Olympic "don't" list.

The Chinese are also trying to make sure Olympic fans and participants will have no need for tacky-looking breathing masks — drastic tactics are being used to improve air quality. On alternating days only even or odd license plate holders are allowed to drive in Beijing, and some factories have been shut down. Since air quality is still horrible, Beijing might turn to "ultra-emergency" tactics, like shutting down most industry, along with 90 percent of car traffic. According to experts, air quality is pretty elastic and could improve quickly if most emissions stop. Let's hope so!

What sounds like a worst PR disaster: no visibility due to smog, or a public pajama spotting? Maybe if it's smoggy enough, we won't be able to see the pajamas anyway.


lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
This isn't something they're enforcing, right? It's just kind of a set of guidelines. I personally think it's kind of funny. Although, why not more than three colors?
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 9 years
i don't want to state the obvious, but they're hosting the olympics! who gives a s*** about what socks people decide to wear? it's sad how the people of beijing get more of their freedoms taken away over an event that's supposed to be a celebration of fair game and a number of countries trying to unite in some way.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
OMG Tim Gunn in a rickshaw hahahahaha. Nice.
havok636 havok636 9 years
no more than 3 colors? that seems a bit extreme...
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
My sister is a fashion major and has a "fashion citation" notepad my mom and I gave her. It is pink like a ticket and you are supposed to pass it out. Maybe the Chinese are going to do this at the games!
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
Can I give this to some people in our own country? I really feel the need to let people in on this "secret".
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Hi hypno! :cocktail:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hey HF!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
They are being ridiculous! First no turtle no outfits with more than three colors??? What's a girl to do?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Oops..You'd know...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
You know you were in trouble if Tim Gunn saw what you were wearing and said "I'm concerned....." :rotfl:
janneth janneth 9 years
Notice they don't care if their own people are subjected to the health risks of poor air quality. It's all for show.
janneth janneth 9 years
I think it is cool that the Chinese authorities are concerned with the way their people dress. Sounds like they are a bit embarrassed.
stephley stephley 9 years
God bless anyone who's got the fortitude (and the lungs) to go to Beijing for the games - the nightmare potential sounds huge.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's funny!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Make It Work!
Bettyjane Bettyjane 9 years
I love Tim Gunn :)
Bettyjane Bettyjane 9 years
Hyno! That is the greatest idea ever! <333 Tim Gunn! They should do a special on Bravo :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
LMAO! I can just see Tim Gunn running around town in a rickshaw passing out fashion citations.
Bettyjane Bettyjane 9 years
I agree Amy! I think the air should be their main concern not what people are wearing. I really do hope our athletes will be okay. Then again I understand how horrible it is to go out in your pajamas! National Emergency status! (kidding) But like Liberty Sugar said if its smoggy enough maybe we won't see what people are wearing.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
What's wrong with white socks? :wink: :wink: :wink: (especially when worn with sandals)
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