Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Decoding the Office Dress Code

girls under pressure
Man or woman, job or internship, one of the biggest questions is always: What's the dress code?

Does your suit have to match? Is it okay to show a little leg or should you always wear tights? Can you get away with not wearing a tie?

I'm in the seventh month of my current internship and let me tell you: I'm still not 100% sure what the dress code is.

I can tell you it's business casual, but I use that term loosely. Walk into the office on any given day and you'll see someone dressed in a plaid shirt, jeans and Converse sneakers. You'll also see someone dressed a freshly pressed, matching two-piece suit. On Wednesdays, you'll see a number of interesting get-ups including dress pants and heels paired with school-spirit t-shirts and sweatshirts. 

Yeah, business casual is definitely a loose term.

After asking about the dress code upon hire, the next step is observation. Always pay attention to what your coworkers and superiors are wearing. The best place to observe is meetings.

My best meeting dress-code observations were tights are not mandatory with skirts and, as long as you can walk in them, the height of your heels doesn't matter. 

Here's a few other things to keep in mind:
  • If you're not sure, wear tights, leggings or nylons with dresses and skirts.
  • Remember the arm length rule from school? Yeah, that applies in the office too.
  • Make sure your bra is not visible--straps or otherwise.
  • Casual days imply dressy casual, not ripped jeans, flip flops and t-shirts.
  • And the golden rule: Dress for the job you want.
What's your office dress code? Have you had any office fashion snafus?

Until next time, kiddies...

- J


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  2. Not a problem! We're so glad this could help!