How to get an exotic dress for your Indonesian girl
Indonesian girls have long had a dress code, and it’s not always pretty.
But now the country’s new dress code is getting a facelift, with more than 2,500 girls getting dresses made by the Indonesian brand Jules & Jujubee.
The new dress codes, which were announced Tuesday by the countrys ministry of tourism, aim to promote gender equality, and have included a number of female-specific clothing choices.
For example, Indonesian women can wear a skirt or a full length dress to work and school.
But for a casual night out, there are also dress codes for boys and girls.
“It is really about the culture and customs of a place,” said Bali-based model Saeja, who is studying in Jakarta.
“We are taught to be different, to be confident, to wear our own clothes.
The dress codes are really for girls to wear the same clothes and not be embarrassed.”
And for some Indonesians, it’s about their country.
“In Indonesia, there is always a lot of discrimination,” said Jules’ Jules, a 28-year-old mother of two in a pink gown with a white dress.
“I feel a lot better knowing that I can wear this dress.”
In Indonesia, girls have traditionally been taught to dress modestly.
A female Indonesian student at a high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, says she wears a skirt, but only if she has a boyfriend.
(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) For some Indonesias, it means getting the clothes they want for their bodies.
“The dress code really speaks to the culture of Indonesia,” said Jasmine, a 26-year old model from Indonesia’s second-largest city, Jakarta.
She said she can’t wear a dress for school, but wears a full skirt to work or to get home from school.
“Even if you have friends, they don’t think of you as being a girl,” she said.
Indonesian women are encouraged to dress more femininely, said Jasmin, who has a sister who is a fashion designer in the United States.
But she also says it’s important for young girls to learn how to shop for clothes.
“If you can afford to go to the mall and buy clothes, then you can do that,” Jasmine said.
“There is a lot more choice.”
Indonesia has one of the worlds most progressive dress codes.
But some women have struggled to find the right clothes, and many are disappointed by the prices.
Indonesian model Jasmine is in search of the right dress.
She says she can only afford one dress at a time, and she’s found many expensive ones at stores in Jakarta and other cities.
“Sometimes I wear a suit or a dress, and sometimes I don’t.
It’s very expensive, and I can’t afford to wear a second suit,” Jasmin said.
Some Indonesias high school students wear skirts and dresses to school and in the classroom.
Some also wear a hijab to cover their hair, or a headscarf to cover up their face.
(Photo: Karen Bleier) So what’s the problem?
The new Indonesian dress codes have caused a backlash.
The Indonesian ministry of culture said the new dress rules have been created in response to complaints from women and girls who want to wear more feminine clothes.
Some Indonesian girls say they want to be dressed like other girls, but that’s not what the new rules are about, according to the ministry.
Indonesian authorities have also said the dress codes can be discriminatory, especially to women of colour.
But the new government has defended the rules as a way to promote the country as a country that respects gender equality.
“Indonesia is a country where there are more than 500 million women,” the minister of culture told a press conference.
“For a country with such a small number of women, I think it is important to promote equality and to give girls a chance to have a better life.”
The ministry of commerce said it will continue to work with the government to implement the new regulations.
In the meantime, some Indonesis are trying to find outfits that will be more comfortable for them, including for their daughters.
“Some of my friends are very short and have long hair, and they feel that they cannot wear a miniskirt,” Jasimine said.