1960s dress codes in the 21st century
Knowing your love of quirkyness in local government I thought I’d send you the dress code we were asked to follow a couple of years ago. I still can’t work out if the person who put it together wasn’t really paying attention and simply copied it from a 1960s guide or whether she genuinely used these words. As you will be able to tell before too long it was quickly abandoned due to not enough staff owning two piece knit suits or a trouser press.
Remember, this was a dress code form the 2000s!
Work dress code
First impressions count. A professional consultant who doesn’t take the time to maintain a professional appearance presents the image of not being able to perform their work adequately. This professional dress code is set out here to provide xxxx Departmental staff with guidance on appropriate professional appearance and demeanour.
Looking and behaving as highly trained and well-groomed professional will improve your image and that of the Division and gain the respect of your customers and colleagues.
Formal Dress code guidelines
In a formal business environment, the standard form of dressing for me and women is a suit, a jacket and trousers or a skirt, or a dress paired with appropriate accessories. Clothing that reveals too much is also not acceptable for a place of business. In out work environment, clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled, torn dirty of frayed clothing. Any clothing that has words, terms or pictures that may be offensive to other employees is unacceptable.
Slacks, trousers and suits
Slacks that are similar to Dockers and other makes of cotton or synthetic material trousers, flannel trousers that match a suit jacket and a nice looking dresses (sic) are acceptable.
Inappropriate slacks or trousers include any that are too informal. This includes jeans, sweatpants and exercise trousers, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, shorts, overalls leggings, cut downs, cropped and any other spandex or other formfitting trousers such as people wear for exercise or biking.
Skirts, dresses and skirted suits
Dresses, skirts, skirts with jackets, dressy two piece knit suits or sets and skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable. Dress and skirt lengths should be at the length at which you can sit comfortably in public and should be consistent with smart appearance.
Shirts, tops, blouses and jackets
Shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops and turtlenecks are acceptable attire for work if they are consistent with smart appearance. Most suit jackets or sports coats are also acceptable attire for the office. Inappropriate attire for work includes tank tops, midriff tops, shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons or slogans, halter tops, tops with bare shoulders or plunging necklines, golf-type sweatshirts and t-shirts and not suitable business attire.
Shoes and Footwear
Conservative walking shoes, dress shoes, oxfords, boots, flats, dress heels, smart ladies sandals and backless shoes are acceptable for work. Not wearing socks is likely to be inappropriate.
Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, flip-flops, beachwear and other casual footwear are not acceptable in the office, where they are inconsistent with smart appearance.
Accessories and jewellery
Ties must be worn. Scarves, belts and jewellery should be consistent with smart appearance.
Make-up, perfume and cologne
A professional appearance is encouraged and excessive make-up is unprofessional
Hats and Head covering
Hats are inappropriate in the office; head coverings that are required for religious purposes or to honour cultural tradition are acceptable.
Dress down days
Certain days can be declared dress down days. On these days you might want to keep a jacket in your office for the days when a client unexpectedly appears on a dress down day.
If clothing fails to meet these standards, as determined by the employee’s Manager or head of xxxxx department the employee will be asked not to dress in that or similar fashion again. If the problem persists, the employee may be sent home to change clothes and will receive a verbal warning for the first offence.
There are bits of this that sort of make sense but the rest of it is madder than a barrel full of badgers. We love it!
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