We have a business casual dress policy. We want all of our employees to work comfortably in the workplace. Yet, we still need our employees to project a professional image for our customers, potential employees and other tenants in the building. Clothing that works well for the beach, yard, dance clubs, yoga, sports contests and the gym may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work. Because all casual clothing is not suitable for the office, hopefully the below guidelines will help you determine what is appropriate to wear to work.
Jeans and Slacks
Jeans and slacks are appropriate. Both should be clean without holes and not torn. Shorts are allowed but they must not be more than 2 inches above the knees. Sweatpants, exercise pants, short shorts and any spandex or other form-fitting pants such as people wear for biking are not acceptable.
Dresses and Skirts
Casual dresses and skirts that are the appropriate length are acceptable. Again, they must not be more than 2 inches above the knees. Spaghetti-strap dresses and low cut dresses are not acceptable.
Shirts, Tops, Blouses
Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf shirts are acceptable attire. Inappropriate attire for work includes tank tops, halter tops, midriff tops, low-cut tops and shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans. Sport team, university and fashion brand names on clothing are generally acceptable.
Hats are not appropriate in the office. This includes baseball caps and knit hats.
No dress code can cover all contingencies so employees must exert a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear to work. If you experience uncertainty about acceptable, professional business casual attire for work, please don't hesitate to stop HR and ask. We want all of our employees to be comfortable but still project a professional, business image.