Formal Dress Code for The Office

Different companies demand for different dress codes. If your organization requires a formal dress code, it is because your workplace, and its workers, aims to project a professional image that is in keeping with the needs of our clients and customers to trust you.

Your industry requires the appearance of trusted business professionals and serving clients on-site on a daily basis. This is why a more formal dress code is necessary for your workplace. This projects an image of a trustworthy, knowledgeable business professional for the clients who seek your guidance, input, and professional services. If your workplace plans on putting up a formal dress code, these are some suggestions.

Create a guideline

In a formal business environment, the standard for men and women consists of a suit, a jacket, pants or skirt, or a dress paired with appropriate accessories. Also include in your guidelines that clothing that would reveal too much cleavage, the back, chest, feet, stomach, or underwear is not appropriate for a place of business.

Clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled, torn, dirty, and frayed. All seams must be finished, and any clothing that has words, terms, or images that may be offensive to other employees is unacceptable.

Guide for slacks, pants, and suit pants

Acceptable slacks in a formal business setting include cotton or synthetic material pants, wool pants, flannel pants, and other nice-looking dress synthetic pants. Examples of inappropriate slacks or pants are jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, shorts, bib overalls, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants.

Guide for skirts, dresses, and skirted suits

Dresses, skirts, skirts with jackets, dressy two-piece knit suits, and skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable in a formal business environment. Dress and skirt length should be long enough at which you can sit comfortably in public. Skirts that are short, tight and ride halfway up the thigh are inappropriate for work, as well as sun dresses and spaghetti-strap dresses.

Guide for shirts, tops, blouses, and jackets

In a formal business setting, shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, and turtlenecks are acceptable if they contribute to the appearance. Most suit jackets or sport coats are also allowed for office.

Examples of unacceptable wardrobe include midriff tops, shirts with potentially offensive words or images, halter-tops, dresses that bare the shoulders or with plunging neckline, golf shirts, sweatshirts, and t-shirts.

Guide for shoes and footwear

Conservative shoes such as dress shoes, oxfords, loafers, boots, flats, dress heels, and backless shoes are acceptable in the office, especially if paired with socks or stockings. Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, thongs, flip-flops, slippers, and any casual shoe with an open toe are not acceptable in the workplace.

Guide for accessories

Professional-looking neckties, scarves, belts, and jewelry are encouraged. Jewelry should be worn in good taste, with limited visible body piercing.

Guide for makeup and fragrances

Excessive use of makeup and fragrances is considered unprofessional. Be reminded that some employees are allergic to chemicals in perfumes and makeup.

Guide for hats and head covering

Hats are not appropriate in the formal business setting. However, head covers that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed.

Consider declaring a Dress Down Day

Some organizations declared certain days as dress down days, usually on Fridays. This is when workers put on business casual clothing, although never clothing that is potentially offensive to others.

Examples of business casual clothing include those that have the company logo, sports team, university, and fashion brands. However, you may need a jacket just in case a client unexpectedly appears on a dress down day, especially if the client is wearing a suit.

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