WACA ditches '1960s' restrictive dress code for women

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The WA Cricket Association has modernised its members' dress code after being criticised for being stuck in the 1960s and "finding women's kneecaps offensive".

Female journalists covering the Australia versus South Africa Test at the WACA ground in November 2016 prompted the change after being spoken to by ground officials about their 'inappropriate attire' while dressed in outfits which showed their knees.

The policy at the time stated dress straps "must span the width of the membership card (5cm)" and dresses, shorts and skirts "must rest within the length of the memberships card (8.5cm) to the knee".

Mother-of-two Della Cornish was caught out by the dress code in January 2016 when she was told she could not stay in the members lounge because she was wearing a high-neck floor-length black Witchery dress, which had thin straps.

"I have worn this dress to church and it was appropriate for my church so I'm not sure why it's not appropriate for the WACA," she told Nine News Perth at the time.

"I was upset and I was embarrassed."

The uproar sparked by the journalists and Ms Cornish led the WACA to announce a full review of its dress code policies, which is ultimately determined by its members.

Della Cornish was kicked out of the members lounge in 2016 for not meeting the WACA's dress code.

Della Cornish was kicked out of the members lounge in 2016 for not meeting the WACA's dress code.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said the majority of members during the review expressed their support for dress standards to be modernised.

"The new cricket etiquette has been in place since the first JTL One-Day Domestic Cup match at the WACA Ground on 29 September 2017 and we have had an extremely positive response to the changes," she said.

The new dress policy requires members to wear smart casual clothing, and for men to wear collared shirts or branded supporter shirts.

Examples of the new dress code for the WACA.

Examples of the new dress code for the WACA. Photo: WACA

Revealing or offensive clothing is banned, but any reference to skirt lengths or dress strap widths has been removed with the women in the new cricket etiquette brochure showing off a spaghetti strapped-dress and a skirt sitting above the knee.

WACA memberships are almost at capacity for the 2017-18 season, with the WACA able to hold up to 8000 members.

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