Working in New York City was an experience in more ways than one, but I must say dressing up in business attire was expected and never questioned.  No one ever showed up at work without stockings, shiny heels and a suit or business dress. If you can imagine, white gloves and a hat was part of the office garb before my time.

What happen to “the code?” More important, what happen to the workplace? When Dan, my nerdy son, started working at Apple in the Bay area I was a little shocked to see him go to the office in cargo shorts and tee shirts.  He explained that there was no dress code; what they wore was not important, their creativity and productivity was the key. This from a company run by a guy who walked around the office barefoot.

Except for lawyers showing up in court or meeting clients in their office, School principals, Top Executives, Funeral Directors and Politicians, most people now wear more comfortable clothes. 

Things are not as strict as they were years ago but no matter where you work, you still represent the company that pays your salary.  If you work for yourself, wearing the appropriate clothes for the job is doubly important because you are your company.

When in doubt, business casual, classic casual, or smart casual are always a safe way to go.

Avoid wearing . . .

  • Anything see-through
  • Yoga pants and leggings
  • Anything too tight, too short or too baggy
  • Anything that shows off your back, cleavage or tummy
  • Visible underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Crocs
  • Workout clothes
  • Ripped jeans
  • Anything with emblazoned in sequins or sparkles
  • Flipflops

It sounds a little ridiculous that some of these items are on the list, but believe it or not some people have worn these to work.