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Implementing & Enforcing A Business Casual Dress Code Policy

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Summertime…and the dressing is easy, some employees think. Coming to work in flip-flops and Bermuda shorts may not jibe with your organization's business casual dress code policy. But that they should not be worn to work might not be explicitly spelled out either. When did employees get the idea that "appropriate footwear" includes workplace-inappropriate flip-flops? Never mind the safety risk — that noise is disruptive enough. As for Bermuda shorts, the length might be appropriate in terms of what you allow for skirt/dress lengths, but they are still shorts after all.

These problems (i.e., flip-flops and shorts), along with other summer fashion flops, were cited in a recent poll about workplace wear turn-offs. The survey also listed revealing clothing, loud colors or patterns, t-shirts, and wrinkled clothing as top fashion mistakes in the summer.

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not a fashionista March 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

I think “the rules” are changing–even law firms now have casual dress for every day, not just Fridays… I’d add to the above article 3 pieces of advice from Tom Searcy ( found at: )

1) “Know your prospect’s uniform”. Before you meet with a prospect, you should know that company’s dress code. “Business casual” has a lot of meanings. Call the front desk at the company and ask what the company’s dress code is and what the men and women wear. Or ask your contact. The point is, part of your responsibility is to understand that company’s culture, including its dress code. Ask for examples, especially of the senior most person who will be in your meeting.

2) “Dress one step up.” If your prospect is in denim, you wear khaki. They wear sport coats without ties; you are in suits without ties. The point is that you always dress one step further up the clothing ladder than your prospect, but not two. One step says that you respect and value them. Two steps can send a loaded message.

3) Grooming trumps style. Even if you’re wearing a great suit, if you’ve got a terrible haircut, you’ll give a bad impression….everything on the grooming punch lists – fingernails, facial hair, haircuts and oral hygiene–matter.


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