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Implementing a Dress Code: Part 5 – Casual Attire

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This article is written to describe a Casual dress code.

Casual attire in the workplace is not as common as some other dress codes, but it is making its presence known in the business world. By coming into work in casual attire, you must ensure that your clothing is still neat, pressed, and appropriate for the type of work and environment you are in.

Dress Attire Consists of:

    • Dresswear:
      • Casual pants and slacks, some companies allow jeans as long as they are not tattered or torn, and well fitted
      • Collared polos or crew-neck sweaters and pullovers. The majority of colours and patterns are acceptable, as long as they’re not a novelty pattern
      • Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing
      • Skirts should remain at knee-length
    • Ties or other accessories:
      • Casual accessories, such as brightly coloured watches, scarves, and larger jewelry like rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are fine and may be of any quality
    • Shoes and Footwear:
      • Footwear can be more comfortable, just ensure they are clean and in great condition. Sneakers are usually acceptable
    • Leggings:
      • Under no circumstance should exercise leggings be worn (i.e. Lululemon)

Aesthetics:

    • Head Hair:
      • More casual and leeway when it comes to length, style, and colours. More adventurous styles and colours are typically fine
    • Facial Hair:
      • Must be well-groomed, cleaned, and natural in colour
    • Nails:
      • Must be well-groomed, well-kept and even in length, and buffed
      • Nails can be painted in brighter colours, or with any type of pattern. Avoid novelty characters or designs, or limit “louder” designs to one nail only

Pro Tip: Do not be shy about getting a regular professional manicure. This is quite common in the business world.

Now that you have a snapshot of what is typically considered Casual dress attire, you can begin your decision on which dress code works best for your business! Just remember when developing your dress code policy, ensure that it applies to everyone and it is equal for all.

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