Office dress codes can be a very gray area for employees vs. human resource departments. I have been revising and updating “appropriate and professional attire” for several companies. First, I talk with employees and management, to understand what dress goals they would like to accomplish, who their audience is, and why they feel it is important for change.
Employees tell me that they want to be comfortable, yet look professional. Getting away from the suit and tie look, or skirt suit with hosiery, seems to be a common theme.
There is no one dress code for the different types of employment, but one common standard is, proper grooming and etiquette. If you take care of your self, it shows that you respect yourself and those around you.
In this case, I have pulled together a few looks for men and women. These are not “casual” looks, but professional, updated, comfortable, and fashion forward.