(Closed) Do you have a dress code at work and how do you feel about it ?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1311 posts
Bumble bee

Interesting thread!

Our dress code requires us to wear ALL black (black pants, shoes, socks, shirts). I guess I can’t complain because black is easy AND flattering 🙂 It does get boring but I also like not having to put together cute outfits everyday. We are getting uniform shirts soon, so that just makes my life easier lol. 

Post # 3
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

lastgirlthere:  If I could go to work in my nice, comfy pajamas that would be aaaawesome!! Haha! We just have dress casual, but we are SUCH a casual business that none of us knows why we can’t just wear jeans every day. Oh well.

Post # 4
1066 posts
Bumble bee

My office is business casual and I’m the receptionist so I feel the need to look nice and not sloppy as much as possible. I’m usually fine in a dress with a cardigan or skinny black dress pants, a blouse and flats. I do wish I could just grab something comfy and go some mornings but it’s usually not a big deal. It would also be nice to not have to worry about fixing my hair every morning but I figure I’ll have plenty of days later in life with kids where I’ll live in t-shirts, yoga pants and a messy bun and I’ll be missing these days where I got the change to look nice every day. The grass is always greener lol 

Post # 5
14976 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Officially our dress code is “business casual”, though half probably just do “casual busniess” or casual.  No one really cares unless there’s a meeting with customers.  I just wear jeans (dark fitted) and a nice top with heels/boots, so I don’t think I ever look sloppy, but still fairly casual.  On Fridays, I’ve come in with leggings and sweat shirt.  Other people wear sweatshirts too, sometimes shorts in the summer.   It’s an engineering office, anything goes.

Post # 6
6718 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m required to wear a decent shirt and slacks.  I know that sounds like it should be no problem, but I am a pediatric occupational therapist.  I hate ruining my clothes and that’s pretty much my job line.  I can’t wear jewelry all the time b/c some of the kids will yank it and I like keeping my earlobes intact – only now the holes are closing.  I’m no longer allowed to wear jeans, even when crawling around on the floor all day.  If I sit in therapy putty, my clothes are basically ruined forever.  That stuff is evil!  Rubbing alcohol sorta but not really works to get it out.  Running around with a green smear on your khaki ass is no fun at all.

Basically our dress code is district-wide with no consideration for what our jobs actually entail.  I wish they would bend for therapists and preschool teachers.  At least I don’t have to wear a suit though!

Post # 7
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Our rule is ‘business casual’. Most people though lean towards the casual side WAY too much in my opinion. Leggings and a dessy sweatshirt is not business casual. But whatev’s.

I wear a nice shirt/sweater, dress pants and black flats everyday. It’s boring, but it works. I’m in MN, so dress pants have NO insulation, that part sucks. 

Post # 8
6832 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I work at a law firm as a legal assistant and we’re pretty business casual. We have a dress code technically, but no one really seems to pay attention to it. But the stuff in the dress code is really silly and IMO outdated. It was made by our senior partners who are all no younger than 65.

Some stuff in the dress code is:

No jeans, except Fridays.

No blue jeans EVER (because for some reason bright red or mint green jeans scream professional but blue jeans do not, okay…).

No capri pants, except Fridays in the summertime. 

In the winter you must wear stockings if any of your ankle/top of your foot is showing (because heaven forbid anyone get a look at my sexy sexy ankles!) 

No loud prints (whatever that means, pretty open to interpretation there). 

Those are some of the ones I can remember off the top of my head. As I said above, no one really listens to them. I’m of the mind that as long as you’re being productive and not hindering anyone else’s performance, who the frick cares? The attorneys of course have their own dress code. But the extent of that is pretty much “Are you going to court or meeting a client? Then wear a suit.” 

Post # 9
4697 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Our dress code is business casual but, most people err on the side of casual. I dress business casual and pull it together a bit more if I have an important meeting or am attending a conference/ out of office meeting.

Post # 10
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My office is business causual, especially ever since we moved more to the corporate buildings.  My area used to be in a buidling by itself where we could wear jeans all the time. 

I am a telecommuter so technically only time I have to be business casual is when am in the office

Post # 11
107 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t care about the dress code but when you are almost six foot and have to fork over 100$ a pop to find dress pants that fit….that’s like a paycheque going towards work appropirate clothes that I’d like to be compensated for lol

Post # 13
1565 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

No dress code and I LOVE it! Obviously they expect us to look neat and clean but otherwise we’re on our own. My boss’s philosophy is that you shouldn’t have to buy a second set of clothes for work. You should be able to wear whatever you do in your regular life. We don’t see customers here in our office and our only outside visitors are representatives of the vendors we shop from, so there’s no need for me to impress anyone with my attire. That’s one of many reasons why I like my job so much. 

I have wide feet that are hard to find shoes for, so it’s a nightmare wearing anything other than boots or sandals. When I need shoes for an occasion I have to pay full price and there are very few brands that offer wide sizes. I can’t wear most heels since my feet slide out of them, same with flats, so I’m clinging to this job where I don’t have to wear uncomfortable shoes as long as I can.

Post # 14
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My work doesn’t have an ‘official’ dress code but id say it is definitely smart casual. If someone rocked up in sweatpants I think everyone would be quite alarmed and a bit worried about them! Normally I err of the side of too smart, but that’s because I don’t ever ever feel smart wearing jeans! I’m a PA so feel that I need to look smart as I’m an ‘extension’ off my boss and want to reflect well on him.

i actually prefer dressing smart for work as it gives me a distinction between ‘work’ and ‘home’ clothes (as soon as I get home the sweatpants go on and the bra comes OFF! Haha)

Post # 15
4534 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re business casual – which for me, typically means dress pants (black, brown, or gray), a nice blouse or sweater, and dress flats or low heels. If we have important visitors or are working a conference, we’re expected to go full business (suits and dresses).

They’ve just instituted jeans on Fridays, which I’m happy about. 🙂 

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