To Understand Twitch's New Dress Code, I Went To A Mall

Effective next week, Twitch's new rules for what streamers are allowed to wear on-camera stipulate, among other things, that your attire "should be appropriate for a public street, mall, or restaurant." In light of that, I ventured to A Real Mall to scrounge for fashion advice. I picked up some dress code tips along the way:

Don't overdo it

Most people I saw milling about at the mall were wearing some variation on a T-shirt and jeans, or a skirt, or their deeply personal take on the standardised corporate uniform known as "business casual." I even saw one guy walking around in swimming trunks.

Dress in a way that says, "Hey world, I'm about to buy something that looks better than this!"

Maybe wear a jacket

Pretty much everyone at the mall was wearing a light jacket or hoodie, and with good reason: the mall is cold! Streaming, often a solitary affair, can bring about a feeling of spiritual coldness, so physical and metaphorical jackets are both recommended.

Look kinda tired and like you don't want to be there

Your eyes are puffy. Your throat is dry. Your legs spasm with an ache more familiar than the voice of your own father. You wrapped up a mind-numbing day at work and went straight to the mall, and it shows. You just want to grab new shoes or a dress for that party or a Valentine's gift (or maybe all of them - yeesh) and get out.

Don't worry, though: pretty much everyone in the mall is in the same boat, apparently. Also, Twitch stars will soon be doing their best to imitate your look, so you've got that going for you, too!

Tank tops are fine

I saw, like, four or five women at the mall wearing them, so I guess that settles that.

Short shorts, too

Nobody got arrested, nor did anyone accuse anyone else of trying to monopolize people's attention. Truly wild stuff.

Wear a tie dye bodysuit and fanny pack

While I was at the mall, I saw this one woman wearing a tie dye bodysuit and a fanny pack. It owned. Do that.

Dress like a person handing out samples

If you look like the person in front of the Godiva or Ghirardelli store who's passing out free samples, I'm a thousand times more likely to watch your stream, because I believe I might get chocolate.

Bring a dog

I saw three entire dogs at the mall yesterday, and you know what? More streams need dogs. Get on that.

Consider dressing like a cop

Can't stress this enough. For the entire two hours I spent at the Westfield's in San Francisco, I never once saw mall security get in trouble for their choice of attire. In fact, it seemed that they were even able to enforce rules of their choosing, like they ran the place!

They also might have gotten discounts at the food court, but that part was unclear. Oh, and if you don't have full-blown cop regalia lying around from your days on the force before you quit to become a Twitch streamer, a freshly pressed suit will do in a pinch.

It helps if you stream in front of a jewellery store.

Hot Topic still rules

I don't care what any of you say.


Comments

    Thanks Nathan. I'm not sure what that was... (sardonic humour maybe) but maybe you could have summed it all up in words to this effect: "Twitch dress code is very vague, and the clothes complained about by some, which arguably led to the code being introduced, would still be permitted thereunder."

      You're a regular Billy Crystal, Zambayoshi.

      The whole article is redeemed with "Look kinda tired and like you don't want to be there"

    Given what I see at the mall, most Twitch streamers are overdressed.

      Haha, I know what you mean. It's hard not to stare sometimes, or in some cases, not so hard.

    Did you see people getting dragged out by their scalp for sneezing, while centre management announces that if you head to level 3 you may be able to view a staff member take a shit on the floor?

      Cool. Where do you live? I thought I had it rough where everyone wears hoodies in 40 degree heat and underwear is optional.

    This is true front lines reporting. It will rank right up there with coverage of Syria and Georgia. Well done Nathan for braving the real world.

    (In before the RL ‘terrible graphics’, ‘dumb AI’ etc. quips)

    The 'dress as if you are in public' thing is wired. I mean, does that mean, some of the skimpy stuff that you see some people in on the streams are also worn at malls... So, I don't really think they're helping anything by having such a loss code. Hell, I think having the code in the first place is silly, given that its international, and there would be very different things worn at malls all over the world. Including nothing at all, because you have to be inclusive, and that means nudists malls count.

    I've seen people go to the mall in flannel pajamas, based on that logic, it's ok to wear that on stream (Y)

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