Unpacking Workplace Dress Codes

Aspect Personnel Blog  — Unpacking Workplace Dress Codes

​Gone are the days of suits, ties and heels in the office. So, what is the new office dress code? Here’s some ways to determine what you should be wearing to your workplace.

​Ask in your interview, or when you’re offered the job

No one wants to worry about if what they’re wearing on their first day is suitable. It’s a good idea to ask before you start what people wear. If they say business casual, ask them exactly what people wear. Jeans? Chinos? Are t-shirts okay or are collars a must? Don’t be afraid to get specific. Most employers will want you to feel comfortable. If you’re in doubt at all though, always dress up a bit more.


Look at what other people in the company wear

Pay special attention to what managers or business leaders wear. This’ll give you a guide on what’s acceptable around the office. Looking around the Aspect office most people wear jeans and an Aspect tee with some sort of sneaker, quite causal but still smart. However, if people around your office are wearing chinos, a shirt and smart shoes, jeans might not be welcomed with open arms.


Check the company’s official dress code

The company may have a policy around the dress code which you should see in your induction. It may say yes to jeans, but no rips. Dress for your day is becoming more common. On the days you’re meeting a client, maybe swap the jeans for some tailored pants.


Consider what you want your brand to be

​It’s not always about matching what others are wearing. Keep in mind how you want others to see you because how you dress can have a big impact on this. Perhaps you want to be seen as more professional. You’d be less likely to wear jeans and a t-shirt and might opt for a blazer and nice shoes.

​No one wants to be the odd the one out in the office and wear something that isn’t acceptable or miss the memo for casual Fridays. When in doubt, dress up. We should all follow Oscar Wilde’s very wise words, ‘You can never be overdressed or overeducated’. It definitely looks better to be overdressed than underdressed, especially if a surprise client meeting is sprung on you.