A pub has banned outfits that show off men’s bare ankles as well as grey tracksuits – and defended accusation of snobbishness.
The Dreadnought boozer in Leith, Edinburgh, describes itself as ‘old skool’ and ‘a pub that knows how to party’.
After winning the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) City of Edinburgh Pub of the Year award in 2018 and 2019 the trendy establishment has now raised eyebrows by putting a sign in the window telling men they will not be allowed in if they are dressed head-to-toe in grey marl trackies, or ‘turned-up jeans’ that flash ‘bare ankles’. The pub is also considering a ban on flip-flops.
The sign, reading ‘gentlemen’s dress code’ depicted a man dressed in a grey tight-fitting tracksuit cuffed at the ankles and trainers, described as ‘jobby catchers’.
Another image showed a man wearing a leather jacket and turned-up jeans, with bare ankles and smart shoes – circled in red to draw attention to the fashion faux pas.
The move was welcomed by some people – who called for the ban to be extended to other items of clothing.
One person, who agreed with the controversial move, said: “Their pub. Their rules. And I agree with them. I’d add baseball caps and beanies to the list.”
Another added: “Anything that encourages our younger menfolk to dress better should be applauded.”
Some even called for rules to be implemented for female punters, with one comment reading: “Yet lassies can strut in half naked. Very classy.”
Banter? I intend to make a countrywide ban on these fashion trends the central policy in my campaign for public office https://t.co/hRmxyUVOvb
– Dreadnought Leith (@DreadnoughtPub) January 29, 2020
A post on the pub’s Facebook page defended accusations of ‘snobbishness’. It said: “We were accused of snobbishness last time but, frankly, they just make the place look scruffy.
“We do our best to keep the place looking reasonably smart and, if the first you see when you walk in is a group of lads wearing matching grey marl jobby catchers, we may as well have installed a beaten up bus shelter in the corner and invited folk to take a slash against it.
“Just to prove our sartorial prejudices cross all boundaries, we’re also taking a stand against this horrendous current trend of half mast jeans, bare ankles and shoes.
“If you’re going to base your fashion choices on what the staff at Urban Outfitters were wearing, there’s a place created especially for you. It’s called Brewdog.”