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Questions tagged [dress-code]

The rules about what clothes one can wear at the office.

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How can I interact professionally with female colleagues whose appearance I find distracting?

I am a fresh college graduate male and three quarters of my team is female. I come from a traditional and rural background. Their dress and wardrobe appears to be seductive and this makes me feel ...
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Will not wearing makeup affect my career?

I work at a small tech company in the accounting department. Our dress code is business casual, but most of the rank-and-file dress toward the casual end of that. I am female, in my early twenties. ...
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Dress code exists, but coworkers do not follow it. How to dress?

I recently started an intern position in a new office, and was told that the dress code is business casual. In theory, it is also the case that there are "dress down Fridays", where jeans are ...
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How to handle (one's own) old self-harm scars (on the arm), in a work environment?

My girlfriend is graduating from college right now and starting her professional career in a medium sized, rather traditional company in Germany (~12k employees world wide). While being a teenager she ...
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Is it appropriate to ask about a company's dress code during an interview?

Many people are dissatisfied with their company's dress code. Seeing as this can be an important factor in job satisfaction is it appropriate to ask about the dress code during an interview? If ...
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Selecting interview attire for a technical job interview

According to the book "Programming Interviews Exposed": In general, though, a suit is overkill for a technical job interview. A standard technical interviewing outfit for men consists of nondenim ...
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First job in an office, very small company, am I screwing up by overdressing?

First job in an office, not even a real job yet but it's paid and I have a very good chance at becoming full time in a few months - super small web based company right now with only 3 of us in house ...
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Politely calling attention to unflattering sight

I work in a small software company of around 10 people. We are all very "informal" with each other and there is no dress code or anything. It's a very laid back company at the moment and I'm fine with ...
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What should I do when colleagues keep commenting on my attire?

What should I do when my colleagues, on finding me wearing new dresses to work, are greeting me with "Happy birthday" everyday in a sarcastic way? I am just mix and matching my attire in a formal way....
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Should a manager participate in Casual Friday dress code?

I am a team lead in a large company in the US. I have 15 direct reports. We do not interact with external customers. Our dress code is business casual. Very recently, Casual Friday was introduced. ...
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Hair length as part of the dresscode

I was wondering if this is generally normal and accepted as part of the dress code. My employer has no real formal dress code outside of not wearing jeans and t-shirts with print on them, but they do ...
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How to deal with boss asking employees to wear specific clothes when it is uncomfortable?

I am facing a difficult situation wherein my client visit is due over in next week. We have a formal dress code except on Fridays. On this day, my boss asked us to wear a Company T-Shirt that is ...
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Is it within the rights of my employer to pose limits on personal appearance such as hair color for only certain people with similar positions?

I'm interested in changing my hair color to something a little outside of the norm, but I'm not 100% sure if it is ok for me to do so. When I was still a temp working for the company, I had been ...
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Wearing a suit without a tie for a formal interview?

I have a technical interview for a global bank as a software developer and I was informed by a recruiter that I should adhere to a formal dress code. I have a classic black suit, light blue shirt, ...
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How to dress if there is no dress code?

I started working 2 months ago and my company doesn't have a dress code. Most of my colleagues come to work dressed in a very casual way. Just jeans and t-shirts, in some cases t-shirts with funny ...
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Can it be harmful to dress more formally than what the dress code allows?

We all know that not wearing clothes considered appropriate for the dress code can be a bad thing. Your typical business-casual dress code probably frowns upon wearing jeans, tank tops, black bra ...
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Should an employer be required to provide well-fitting uniforms?

I work at a state park, and I am one of the few women that work here. Our uniforms are the same for the men and the women: dark green trousers and a khaki button up shirt. At first, I was upset that ...
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Complimented on my clothes, What is the recommended time before wearing them again?

I recently bought a new outfit for work. The first time I wore it, a coworker complimented me on it. The clothes are nothing special, but are of a style of which I have liked for many years. I would ...
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What should I wear to go and sign an employment contract?

I've finished my interview sessions with a company (2 individual interview days), and also discussed the first draft of the contract with them. They offered me the job, and I've accepted their offer. ...
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What's the correlation between guys with longer hair and professionalism?

I've been with a company for about nine months now. When I first started out my hair was cut to just above eye level, now I've grown it out close to my chin. For a while now, my higher-ups have been ...
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How can I build a convincing argument to have an open dress code?

I want to try to convince my HR department that in the modern workplace an open dress code (i.e. jeans, t-shirts, whatever) leads to happier (and therefore more productive) employees and appeals to ...
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Dealing with attire mishaps mid-day

Let's say a few minutes before a meeting, you spill coffee on your shirt -- or worse, catsup. In addition to staining, dampness itself can be an issue; even if I only spill water, there's a huge ...
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What are the points to keep in mind while facing an interview though Skype (video conferencing)?

After a telephonic interview for a job with a IT company, the company wants to have a conversation via Skype through video chat for the next round. I am totally new to this type of interview procedure ...
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Boss said I'm being insubordinate for voicing my lack of desire to dress business casual

Edit: I am wearing business casual anyways, but was alarmed that I was told I was being insubordinate over my mention of comfort. TL;DR: Company encourages casual and comfortable wear, I get hot ...
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How do I respond to management ignoring offensive and/or highly inappropriate clothing?

I work for a big company. Recently our Indian co-workers visited our HQ in Germany (the location is important for the story). One of them decided to wear Hitler merchandise to work one day. It was ...
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Could Wearing My Star of David Be Bad for Career?

I am a conservative Jew with a non-Jewish sounding last name (my paternal grandfather was not Jewish but Irish/German). However, I am 100% Jewish from both of my grandmothers/obviously my mother. I ...
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Can I ask a company what I should wear to an interview?

I have been offered an interview for a company, however I'm not sure what the dress code for the interview should be. This question stems partially from Is it appropriate to ask about a company's ...
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How can I appear as a contractor to customers in the stores I service?

I work for a gas station chain as their IT Manager. I travel from store to store, fixing issues, doing upgrades, etc. When I'm the store, customers can't differentiate between me and the clerks (the ...
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What nailpolish colours are appropriate for business casual?

I recently got a new job, with a business casual dress code. They were great at outlining what clothes and shoes were appropriate, but then I got to wondering about other things. I really like ...
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What is appropriate dress for a “business casual” interview?

I have an upcoming interview and the meeting schedule indicates that the dress code is "business casual." How should I arrive to ensure that I am dressed appropriately for the interview?
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Is it normal for a manager to laugh at new employees? [closed]

It's my first time posting on this forum. I was wondering what people's experiences have been when they asked their manager or superior about the dress code (usually right at the beginning when they ...
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How to dress professionally in a chilly workplace?

I work at a desk job as a software developer and like the rest of the IT department, we are in the basement of our building. As a result of this and constant air conditioning I find it is quite cold. ...
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Discretely interviewing during lunch break - is it acceptable to forgo dress code?

I am starting to interview and I don't want anyone at my current company to find out. I also have a very short window during lunch break to do so, therefore it is virtually impossible for me to change ...
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Is a dress code beneficial in a company? [closed]

Are there any studies on whether a dress code is beneficial to any/some companies, as opposed to just adopting "casual Fridays" all week long?
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Male wearing earrings in workplace (South Asia)

I'm a male working in a medium sized company as a software developer. I am wearing ear rings on both ears for spiritual and religious reasons. I find this change in me has been taken negatively as ...
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Can a catering assistant be required to wear a skirt as part of a company-supplied uniform?

I've worked in my catering job for 11 years. We were tuped over to our present employer 5 years ago. We wear a uniform of trousers (provided by ourselves), polo shirt and apron provided by them for ...
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Requesting a dress code change that is up to my manager's discretion

When I started working for my current company, they permitted a dress code consisting of either jeans or khakis and a polo shirt. About a year ago, something unrelated happened in which the CEO was ...
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How does appearance affect career options and recognition of technical skill?

Some background: Company Accuses LinkedIn Of 'Extreme Sexism' After It Pulled An Ad Featuring a Beautiful Argentinian Engineer Is there a dress code for women in software industry? The guys ...
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How to talk to a coworker about not wearing shoes in the office

I have a new coworker who doesn't wear socks, and takes off his shoes in the office. This team is part of a major organization, on a client site, in a client building. Our HR department is located ...
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What type of clothing is considered to be the “royal touch” dress code? [closed]

I am invited to a dinner with people who work in an embassy. It is a kind of special dinner for celebration of Belgian King’s day and on the invitation is was written: dress code: royal touch. What ...
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What's typical dress code for an interview with a medium-sized tech company? [duplicate]

I'll soon be attending an interview with a medium-sized tech company (in the hundreds of employees) in Australia that has its product based on Ruby on Rails. So a situation more casual than working at ...
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New Job, Casual Attire, First Impression

I have accepted a new job at a particular company. The company has casual attire (Jeans, T-Shirt). I have even seen some people wearing shorts (I would pass on that!). Since, I will be joining as a ...
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Should I err on the side of overdressing for my first day of work?

I have accepted a job offer as a software developer after two phone interviews, and they told me that they have a relaxed dress code. Specifically, they mentioned wearing jeans. However, I'm not sure ...
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Do I need to worry about how I'm dressed when going to a general exam?

A lot of jobs to which I've applied recently have a "general exam" that you have to go in and take before even starting interviewing processes, etc. These exams usually take 2 - 4 hours, so the ...
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Do you keep your suit jacket on during an interview?

What is the consensus - during an interview, do you keep your suit jacket on or off? What is the impression it gives if the suit jacket is taken off during the interview?
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How to implement a “jeans for charity” policy?

I am interested in starting a "jeans for charity" policy at my workplace. My company is going to allow people in our office to pay 3-5 each for the option to the wear jeans on the last Friday of each ...
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Is it acceptable dress in formal attire for an interview? [closed]

Generally speaking, I've always heard that you should dress nicely for an interview. Most advice I've heard from is that business casual should be the most casual you dress and that business ...
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20 seconds video to introduce yourself; what things to consider?

After applying for a job, I received an email asking to make a 20 seconds video to introduce myself. I wonder what information should I put in this very short video? Is there anything specific they ...
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Are skirt suits too formal for business casual?

I'm starting a tech internship next month and the dress code is business casual. I know it varies place to place, but in general are skirt suits too formal for a business casual dress code?
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What happens if somebody breaks the dresscode? [closed]

Dress codes are, mostly, unwritten rules of conduct. It is the behavior that the workplace expects and desires, but there's no written, contractual agreement enforcing it. My question is, what ...