House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday the dress code enforced in the House Chamber and adjoining Speaker's Lobby will be modernized to reflect "acceptable business attire."
The move comes after some reporters and lawmakers complained when Ryan, R-Wis., called for enforcement of the current dress code, which bans bare shoulders on women as well as open-toed shoes.
"We will be working with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure the enforcement of appropriate attire is updated," Ryan said.
"A dress code in the chamber and Speaker's Lobby makes sense," Ryan said. "But that doesn't mean that we need to bar otherwise acceptable business attire. So, look for a change in that soon."
On Wednesday, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., announced she was defying the dress code on the House floor, where she wore a dress baring her shoulders and open-toed shoes.
The dress code was first instituted in 1979 but has been sporadically enforced. It also requires men wear ties and jackets.