1. How does your company handle these things?

    Clothing? Jeans, t-shirts, anything with non company slogans? Or is it more business formal?

    What about hair? Are odd colors and styles allowed? Would someone wearing one be selected as a public face for your company?
  2. We don't have a formal dress code in my office, nor any rules about hair style/colour, tattoos on show or the likes.

    The only thing they are strict about is ensuring your staff pass is on show at all times.
  3. It's the same at my workplace. I'm in software development for a oil rigsite equipment company. It would be frowned upon if you showed up in torn-up jeans or a tube top, etc. but essentially, anything goes. We have someone with bright green hair, and there are exposed tattoos on quite a few people.

    As for the public faces (we are publicly-traded) and senior management, they are dressed fairly professionally (dress shirts, ties, and dress pants for the men, nice blouses, skirts/dress pants, or dresses for the women), but nobody wears a full suit unless we have a shareholder meeting or something similar to that.
  4. I wear t-shirts and jeans (sometimes torn boyfriend jeans) to work; I wear trousers and tailored tops if I have to go off-site. I'm probably one of the most casual person at work, but it doesn't seem to be an issue -- even when meeting the CEO.
  5. It really depends on the industry/company. Mine is business formal and on casual Fridays, business casual. Men can lose the tie and/or jacket if not meeting clients. Women can wear fine knit / cardigans on top, skirt or trousers. No trainers or jeans unless casual Fridays. No branded sports wear or ripped jeans in any given day.
    No requirements on hair though.
  6. We do have a dress code based on job, so those on the entry-level with no client contact can get away with jeans and short skirts and wet hair and looking sloppy. Management has to dress really well, no jeans, no open-toe shoes, no risque items. I see a lot of women right on the edge of slutty but they won't get sent home or reprimanded or anything. I only know of two people who were sent home ; one for wearing a shirt with a message/slogan on it, and one for flip-flops. Tattoos and wild hair styles/colors are okay, even if you have client contact. We are in a somewhat creative field so personal style is accepted, but not enough for jeans and t-shirts. Because the dress code is based on the job you have the staff clothing goes from Armani suits to Walmart baggy sweats and t-shirt. Not everyone is on the same level or pay scale so the looks and brands are all over the place. But you can tell who does what by how they are dressed, mostly. I'm in management so I have not worn jeans in maybe 10 years, I don't even own a single pair at all.
  7. Not many responses so far, but I'm gathering that a picture of a person in a t-Shirt and sporting a Mohawk would probably not be posted on the company website as a public contact?
  8. #8Jun 2, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2018
    Depends on the company. Edited to add, Zappos' billionaire CEO Tony Hsieh famously has a photograph in a Forbes magazine article sporting a Mohawk and T-shirt.


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  9. It really depends on where you work. I'm in retail and we're pretty lax generally common sense rules, no holey clothes, no advertising, whole shoes no sandals or clogs. We believe our employees are responsible enough to dress themselves. They prefer collared shirts for guys. The only time we really have had to talk to employees is more fit issues/coverage. We've had a woman who is wearing jeans that where too small, muffin top small and if she bends over you see too much. Now she just wears longer shirts. Hair color doesn't really matter. Those who do dye fun colors usually get a lot of compliments from customers who love it. Tattoos not a problem so long as it's not offensive (verbiage or symbols that again is common sense). Piercings depend on the current GM. Most are generally good with nose, brow, ears but not allowed in food areas for obvious reasons. I think we only had one GM who didn't like piercings and tired (unsuccessfully) to get rid of them lol.
  10. Totally depends on the region too. I'm on the west coast in San Francisco so things are very casual here in many companies, especially tech firms. I work for a very stodgy financial institution that's been around forever but many people wear jeans, tennis shoes, and t shirts to work if they're in a non-public facing office position. However, our public face is very corporate and you will only see execs in suits in photos.
  11. I agree that office culture dictates dress code, which can vary regionally and with the field.

    For example, I just left our DA's office in a large urban area. It was basically wear whatever. Local court rules had normal standards for courtroom attire: suits & ties for men, suits or dresses for women--literally no one ever followed it. Women went to court in a cardigan if even that (I always dressed up because I thought it showed respect and competence on behalf of my victims). A few times I threw a blazer on over my workout clothes for a prelim (gasp!!! long story about bad leadership examples).

    I'm now in a larger private law firm and I wear a suit EVERY DAY. I always have a blazer on. I usually wear a full suit as opposed to suit separates, because the separates just feel too casual. I like the fancier standard. I think it elevates everything, from morale to teamwork to perception about hte work we do.
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  12. Slightly off the original topic of workplace wear, but we had a Circuit Court Judge that mandated no jeans in the courtroom at all. Included the witnesses, participants, gallery ... everyone. Didn't matter if they were high end designer jeans or not. This is a rural/agricultural area with some very, very poor people. Many have never owned anything but jeans, often hand-me-downs or from donation places. They wear them in farm fields or church, weddings, funerals. If they got called in to court, they had to try to find something else because he simply didn't care about their situation.

    He moved up to another level of court and I really don't know if the new Judge continued that policy.
  13. I think the field you’re in definitely dictates the dress code. When I practiced (a million years ago) it was always a jacket and dress. And a scarf! That’s pretty much how I wound up here.