Questions abound about casual dress at work. So, my work dress code and image collection galleries are popular on the site.
Clothing employees would wear to the beach, a dance club, to change the oil in their car, or to exercise, won't cut it, even in a casual workplace. But most jeans, casual tops, sneakers, athletic shoes, and sweaters are appropriate. The goal, in a workplace with a casual dress code, is employee comfort.
Casual dress code environments are most frequently found in high tech workplaces and in organizations that rarely have clients or customers visit such as those that sell online like Zappos.
In our company, a business casual dress code was in place for a number of years because clients did visit and several employees dressed more like they were going to the beach than to work. So, guidelines were needed. But, over the next years, the company gradually transitioned into product development and customers rarely visit.
One day, an employee asked why we had a business casual dress code. We could no longer think of a reason, so casual became the new dress code. The attire of the executives and managers models appropriate casual workplace dress for employees and helps set the direction for a casual workplace environment.
It's difficult to imagine that workplaces with formal dress codes still exist, but I imagine that a large number of site visitors still wear suits to work every day. I am so sorry.
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