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Is your style considered "Classy-Vintage-Chique-Late 80's-Early 90's-Ralph Lauren-Vogue-Nautical-High end brand"? If the answer is yes, American Apparel is looking for you.
In leaked internal documents uncovered by Gawker, rules distributed to new candidates for employment, the company mandates a move to a "more sophisticated, expensive, classy direction"—and it seems that they're looking to accomplish the image overhaul by making over its staff wardrobes.
On the list of banned shoes: Uggs, winter boots, flip-flops, gladiator sandals, Converse, Vans, Keds (unless they are spic-and-span clean), moccasins, and Doc Martens. Allowed: vintage shoes, booties, and boat shoes. Oh, and shoes they sell in the store, naturally.
As for screening for attractive candidates, that's a whole other talk show. To apply for a job, prospectives must email in medium size images—both a headshot and a full-length photo (what is this, a modeling agency?). Candidates are instructed to stand far enough away from the camera so as to avoid a fisheye effect.
In-store photographs must be taken sans headwear:
We need to clearly see everyone's hair, color length and style. It plays a big role in how they look. The same photo requirements are required for outdoor scouts—we need a clear facial shot and a clear, well-lit head to toe.No coats, no hats, but fully-accessorized photographs may be included as supplemental material.
· American Apparel's new standard: No uglies allowed [Gawker]