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Casual Dress Code for Manufacturing and Industrial Settings

Introduction: Casual Dress Code


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Your Company's objective in establishing a casual dress code is to allow our employees to work comfortably. Yet, we still need our employees to project a professional image for our customers and clients who visit.

Because all casual clothing is not suitable for the workplace, these guidelines will help you determine what is appropriate. Learn more about casual dress in this dress code that differentiates between clothing for industry and manufacturing and clothing for the office.

Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs, exercise sessions, and sports contests may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work. Sun dresses, casual capris, dance club dresses, and midriff bearing tops are examples of clothing not appropriate in a manufacturing work setting or office.

Clothing that reveals excessive cleavage, back, chest, feet, stomach or undergarments is not appropriate for a business setting.

Even in a casual manufacturing work environment, clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled. Torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable. All seams must be finished. Any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to other employees is unacceptable. This includes images that are political or religious in nature, are sexually provocative, use profanity or are insulting of other employees.

Clothing that has the Company logo is encouraged. Sports team, university, and fashion brand names on clothing are generally acceptable. Use common sense when wearing clothing that has words on it; people are easily offended by words.

Dress Down Day

Fridays have been formally designated by the Company as a dress down day. Certain other days may occasionally be declared as dress down days. On these days, jeans, sneakers and a more casual approach to dressing, although never potentially offensive to others, are allowed. All rules about the acceptability of clothing listed on the next page apply on dress down day.

Conclusion About the Casual Dress Code: Manufacturing

This is a general overview of acceptable work attire. Items that are not appropriate for work are listed, too. Neither list is all-inclusive and both lists are open to change. The lists tell you what is generally acceptable as work attire and what is generally not acceptable as work attire.

No dress code can cover all contingencies so employees must exercise a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear to work. If you experience uncertainty about acceptable, professional casual attire for work, please ask your supervisor or your Human Resources staff.


This sample policy is provided for guidance only. The provided information - policies, procedures, samples, examples, and guidelines - while authoritative, is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality. While I make every effort to provide and link accurate, legal, and complete information, I cannot guarantee it is correct. Please seek legal assistance, or assistance from State, Federal, or International governmental resources, to make certain your legal interpretation and decisions are correct.

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