Sunday, June 16, 2019

Six Surprising Colors That Prisoners Across The World Wear

Six Surprising Colors That Prisoners Across The World Wear


We often imagine prisoners in black and white striped clothing, hands cuffed over their stomach as they slowly walk with their head down. In reality, black and white striped clothing was never the norm for prison clothing across the world, although it was widely used in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Western and European countries as clothing for people who were confined in prisons and war camps. For example, prisoners during the Holocaust were notorious for being clothed in vertical black and white stripes. Since then, black and white striped prison clothing has carried the stigma and status of suffering.

In this day and age, prisoners across the world no longer wear black and white striped clothing for several reasons:

  • Humane reasons
  • Practical reasons
  • Ethical reasons

Currently, even the United States is changing the way it clothes its prisoners, because it is considered inhumane by some to label and signify prisoners’ status through black and white striped clothing. Many countries also find it more practical for prisoners to wear brighter, easy-to-spot clothing. This helps them stand out in a crowd. In addition, some countries want to punish prisoners by dressing them in non-traditional clothing.

Although there is some debate regarding the use of prison uniforms, they continue to persist as a part of prison culture. Here are six surprising colors that prisoners across the world wear.

Canary, or Highlighter, Yellow

In the United States, specifically Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California, male prisoners are classified by the color of their prison uniform, which includes yellow. The following show the colors for prison uniforms that are used by some United States prison systems, starting with the highest-security color and ending with the lowest security color:

  • Bright Orange
  • Dark Green
  • Plain Gray
  • Bright Red
  • Canary Yellow

Another advantage to this system is that it allows prison guards to spot and label a prisoner at a glance based on the color of their clothing.

Hot Pink

In Indonesia, special prisoners such as government officials are forced to wear embarrassing clothing for their prison uniform. The color of choice is usually hot pink or bright orange. These special prison uniforms are not only brightly colored, but they also include the following:

  • The name of the prisoner
  • The case number of the prisoner
  • “Detainee of the Corruption Eradication Agency”

Bright Orange

In Guantanamo Bay, male prisoners wear bright orange scrubs for their prison uniforms. They also wear masks and are kept handcuffed at almost all times.

Although most prison uniforms these days are one-piece jumpers, many of them are also two-piece pants and jacket. Scrubs, however, are almost unique to Guantanamo Bay.

Dark Green

In South Africa, male prisoners wear standard-issued, dark green clothing for their prison uniform. The clothing is usually threadbare and provides little to no protection from extreme hot or cold weather.

Navy Blue

In West Africa, specifically Nigeria, male prisoners wear navy blue clothing for their prison uniform. Even government officials who fall from their high positions are forced to wear this clothing, although some of them, like Bode George, have protested against it.

Plain Gray

In England and Wales, male prisoners wear plain gray from head to toe for their prison uniform.

As you can see, male prison clothing has been the subject of much interest and debate. Female prison clothing, however, does not have the same rules and regulations associated with it. Regardless, prison clothing is not something that anyone, even prisoners, would want to wear.

Blair Carroll specializes in criminal defense law at Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, his law firm in Austin, Texas. Carroll has also helped many Texans get out of jail and back into their own clothes and homes.

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How to: Wear Boots that Flatter Your Body Shape

How to: Wear Boots that Flatter Your Body Shape


A boot is a boot is a boot is a boot, right? Wrong! Find out why some boot types can make you look shorter and bulkier than you truly are, while others, which you might have disregarded altogether until now, even stand to make you look long, lean—and, most importantly, stylish.

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots first came up in women’s fashion mags and style blogs a few seasons back, when the trends turned their attention to footwear inspired by the 1980s. Ever since, we’ve had a wide range of ankle booties gracing shop windows, runways and catalogs. Essentially, there are two distinct types of such boots: those with a wide ankle and those which hug the ankle (and are usually lace-ups). Lean, long-legged girls should be able to pull either of them off, but everybody else should consider themselves forewarned – ankle boots will visually ‘section off’ the leg at the ankle. Unless you’ve got very thin ankles, consider wearing a high-heeled model of such women’s boots, or pair them with leggings or pants that are the same color and hue as the boot, to create an elongating optical illusion.

Mid-Calf Boots & Knee-High Boots

Lots of short women complain they hate the way these boots’ end hits right at the thickest part of their legs. This, can, indeed, be the case, but it’s no longer a problem when you wear such boots with an A-line skirt or dress, whose hem ends right where the boot begins. This is a textbook case of ‘less (skin) is more (appealing)’. The wonderful part about this type of boot is that it comes in an exceptionally wide range, from stiletto heels to cowboy boots, omnipresent UGGs, combat or biker-style boots, etc.. One key point you will need to consider when shopping for such boots is that they absolutely must hug the calf properly, which can be a problem if your body weight falls on the lower side of the scales. Invest in a pair from a good designer, which will not only last longer, but will also wear out and become loose in a longer span of time.

Over-the-Knee and Thigh-High Boots

Women complain that such boots will only make them look cheap and that they’re strictly suited for tall, long-legged women. Nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, these boots will flatter just about any body type, since they cover lots of leg ‘real estate’. By creating a color block, they can actually make the leg look longer, especially if they run tight. Feel free to pair them with a mini skirt or dress, but do avoid wearing them with jeans, leggings, or shorts, in order to also avoid looking like someone who keeps a night job as a pole dancer.

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