Edinburgh University is slammed for 'sexist' advice to women to spend £3,000 on a designer graduation outfit - including a £2,395 clutch to hold their lippy 

  • Fashion advice published in online student newsletter
  • Recommended a little black dress by Carven or Iro for graduation day
  • Suggested a clutch to store 'lippy' and smartphone
  • Advice has now been removed after backlash  

Edinburgh University has been blasted as 'sexist' and outdated for recommending female students splash out more than £3,000 on a designer graduation outfit, including a £2,395 Alexander McQueen clutch bag.

The advice published in an online newsletter for students recommended a little black dress from a brand such as Carven, high heels and a clutch in which to store 'your lippy and smartphone'.

However, people were unhappy about the post, which has now been deleted, and have taken to Twitter to criticise the university.

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Edinburgh University has been blasted as 'sexist' and out of touch for recommending female students splash out more than £3,000 on a designer graduation outfit, including a £2,395 Alexander McQueen clutch bag

Edinburgh University has been blasted as 'sexist' and out of touch for recommending female students splash out more than £3,000 on a designer graduation outfit, including a £2,395 Alexander McQueen clutch bag

Edinburgh University tweeted to say: 'Apologies for the graduation fashion advice posted in the latest Student newsletter - it wasn't appropriate and it has been removed.'

However, the advice has been shared widely on social media.

'Girls, this is your time to invest in some sophisticated glamour,' it read. 'Think French chic meets New York business and you'll get it right.

'Like the boys, put your money into a garment or look at one that has longevity that you can dress up and down to suit any social or business occasion.'

The post contained links to suggested products from the department store Harvey Nichols for those keen to snap up one of the recommended items. 

'A little black dress from a brand like Carven or Iro would be spot on, and go for killer accessories: Gianvito Rossi heels and a clutch with personality to store your lippy and smartphone,' the post advised. 

In a post which has now been deleted from the student newsletter, Edinburgh University advised women to purchase a killer clutch to keep their smartphones and lipsticks in on the big day 

In a post which has now been deleted from the student newsletter, Edinburgh University advised women to purchase a killer clutch to keep their smartphones and lipsticks in on the big day 

It concluded: 'Image is everything.' 

A typical black dress from the French brand ranges Carven from £230 to just under £400, while something similar from Iro costs around £300. 

The recommended heels by Gianvito Rossi would set a student back between £400 and £500 if not more.  

Commenters took to social media to criticise the university's outdated and 'sexist' advice to women

Commenters took to social media to criticise the university's outdated and 'sexist' advice to women

And the clutch from Alexander McQueen was an eye-watering £2,395. 

Following the university's style advice would involve spending a minimum of £3,025 and commentators on Twitter were deeply unimpressed. 

‏Waitingirl13 wrote: 'FFSEdinburgh Uni how can you think this sexist advice is OK?'

Parkinsonsdis agreed with her point and reference the recent row over a woman being sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels. 

'We think we've come so far but 2016 women are still getting s**** advice and being sent home from work in "flats",' she said. 

Natalie Silvey took issue with the use of the word 'girls' to describe female graduates. 

'They are not "girls" but highly educated women graduation from a top university and deserve better.' 

‏KaanthanJ was glad they university had removed the post but couldn't believe it had even existed to begin with. 

One commenter took further offence because the brands recommended only suit those with supermodel figures

One commenter took further offence because the brands recommended only suit those with supermodel figures

'What were they thinking in the first place?' he asked. 'Backwards with no place in 2016.'

Iceman_ex made the same point, adding: 'I'm confused. What year are we in again?'

THE £3,000 GRADUATION OUTFIT 

Carven dress

McQueen clutch

Gianvito Rossi heels

TOTAL 

£230

£2,395

£400

£3,025 

Meanwhile Jane Soderblom wanted to know why they had chosen to be 'demeaning' when they could have used the opportunity to be empowering. 

Even the former Belle de Jour Dr Brooke Magnanti, known for her Real Life Diary Of A Call Girl waded into the debate saying she never spent that much on her outfits while working as a high class escort. 

'Christ, I never even bought £500 heels when I was a call girl. (Queen of bargain knockoffs me.),' she tweeted. 

And she added sarcastically: 'Remember ladies to carry your lippy in an expensive little bag and not shove it down your bra OK?'

Others were prompted to share tales of their own bargain graduation outfits with Nadine McBay tweeting: 'I spent £15 on my grad from a vintage shop circa 1804. Still lovely.'

Kristie Stuart explained that she'd spent £12 on her graduation dress. 

'Can they even give degrees to people like me?' she asked. 

Alantheaudi said that if image was everything society would be very different. 

'Nobody needs to go to uni, just to Net-a-porter,' she said.  

Meanwhile, Miss Advised pointed out that the brands suggested by the university 'don't make clothes that fit anyone who isn't a supermodel.'  

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