Work dress code

Dress Code
Every business sets its own dress code according to company policy, clientele, environment and job requirements. These can vary greatly, so make sure to get particulars from the company you work for. While some businesses continue to require male employees to dress in a suit/ tie and female employees to wear suits and dresses, many companies in the U.S. have adopted a business casual dress code to allow employees to feel more comfortable and casual while maintaining a professional image. Obviously, the dress code at an auto shop will differ from that at a bank, so to some degree you will need to use common sense.

Appropriate clothing for work should never show too much cleavage, stomach, back, chest, feet or underwear. You should never wear wrinkled, torn, dirty or frayed clothing to work, or anything with language or words that anyone could find offensive.

Psychologists have studied how the clothes people wear influences attitudes, productivity and quality of work. The conclusions they draw tend to suggest that the better people feel about themselves, the better job they do. If you want to become a manager, dress like the managers in your company do. People do form impressions based on appearance, so dress to create the kind of impression you want others to have of you.

Do’s for Men

  • Do wear clean, unwrinkled clothes.
  • Do comb your hair and shave before going to work.
  • You should be able to fit two fingers in the waist band of your pants (otherwise they fit too tight).
  • Do wear socks that match the color of your pants.
  • Overdressing is better than under dressing.
  • Get a haircut about every five weeks to avoid looking shaggy. 

Don’ts for Men

  • Don’t go to work without shaving.
  • Don’t wear a sleeveless shirt to work.
  • Don’t wear too much cologne.
  • Don’t wear your pants too tight or too baggy. (You should comfortably fit two fingers in the waistband.)
  • Don’t wear sandals or flip flops to work.
  • Don’t wear more than the top two buttons of a button-down shirt unbuttoned.
  • Don’t wear any shirt with potentially offensive words on it.
  • Don’t wear white or sport socks with dress pants.
Do’s for Women
  • Do wear clean, unwrinkled clothes.
  • Do comb and dry your hair before going to work.
  • Do wear clothes that fit.
  • Do understand the type of clothes appropriate to your industry.
  • Overdressing is better than under dressing.
Don’ts for Women
  • Don’t wear too many accessories; they can distract and get in the way.
  • Don’t wear a sleeveless shirt.
  • Don’t wear overly bold makeup.
  • Don’t wear low cut blouses or tops—no cleavage should show.
  • Don’t wear anything ripped.
  • Don’t wear leggings or yoga pants.
  • Don’t wear too much perfume.

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