ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Do you think that TV meteorologists dress alike? You may be onto something.
An Imgur user took screen grabs of weather reporters from across the country. The viral image has one caption, “This is what happens when you post a link to a $23 dress on Amazon that flatters everyone to a female meteorologist Facebook group.”
FOX 2 meteorologist Angela Hutti says, “The good thing about the dress is that it comes in solid colors. This is good for using on-air. Plus, it can be hard to find dresses with sleeves for colder winter months.”
Hutti found out about the dress in the private Facebook group. She is considering buying the dress. Her favorite color is a Houndstooth pattern but she says that will not work for television. The design is too detailed for smaller screens and it will produce a Moiré effect.
A Oklahoma Meteorologist from KOCO-TV tells Tech Insider that there is a good reason they are wearing the same thing. Many TV stations have strict dress codes for what people can wear on-air.
“Many stations even have consultants that come in and tell you colors you should and shouldn’t wear,” said Shelby Hayes.
Weathercasters are subject to even more restrictions when they stand in front of green screens. Some of the technical requirements for overlaying forecast images of the screen mean that Meteorologists can’t wear colors like green or blue.
The private Facebook group has become a place where female MeteorologIsts share fashion advice, in addition to career guidance and advice. A month ago, someone in the group posted a picture of a cheap sheath dress available on Amazon. The rest is fashion history.
Did we mention that the dress is only $22.99? Many meteorologists have to buy their own on-air wardrobe.