I have been on a steep learning curve since starting my new
job. It’s not the work. The work is fine. It’s nothing I can’t handle. But the
dress code. Now that’s a tough one to get my head around.
days, a dress or something nice for meetings. As was my last job. But my new job is a whole different story – there is a dress
code. Yup. An actual, in print, talked through by HR, dress code. And as I have
found out, it’s strictly enforced. I knew that I would have to start dressing like
a worker rather than dressing like me, but I had hoped some of the clothes I had
would still be suitable, unfortunately though it seems a whole new wardrobe
will be in order.
where my problems lie;
skirts should be kne e length or longer, and dresses must have a cap sleeve or a
collar. I am fine with the cap sleeve/collar thing but the knee length. If
you’ve met me before I don’t do knee length.
match your outfit. How subjective is this? What if I think they match but
someone else doesn’t. And say you’re wearing a dress, do you match them to your
tights or your dress?
Tops need to
have an appropriate neckline and be made from a suitable fabric that is not
revealing. I am not about to wear tops with plunging necklines but again, what
is appropriate to me might not be appropriate to you.
tailored shorts can be worn. Erm. Wtf? Who has knee length tailored shorts? I
did try and get away with mid thigh shorts and someone dobbed me into HR so I’ll
not be trying that again.
Hair should be a
natural colour. I am not planning a hair colour change, but I got told even a
bright red is out of the question.
needs to be a natural colour and not chipped. Nails must also be unbitten. A
natural coloured nail varnish. What is the point? And I am the worst person at
having none chipped nails. I can even chip a shellac, in my sleep.
tattoos or piercings. The tongue stud is out. For good (it healed up) and my nose
stud comes out daily. I am not looking forwards to covering my foot tat in the
No leggings (or
footless tights) or jersey material. Not even tshirts!
No blue denim. Any
other colour is ok apparently though.
There are also rules about strappy tops, party dresses (they are a no no), hoods and flip flops.
Does your company have a dress code? And can anyone help me figure out how to dress for work, not get in trouble and not be a massive frump!