is it necessary to wear formals in office to keep your status up?

August 3, 2008 1:27pm CST
hello friends i would like to ask you all if it is necessary to wear formal clothes everyday to office to maintain your status...some of us wear formal clothings to office while some are like myself don't.we meet and greet clients and they don't mind either way. i don't beleive that what you wear will have an impact on your work performance...what do you all think about this?
9 responses
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 08
Hi, it depends on your company dress code. Some companies allow smart-casuals, like pants and collar tshirts, but strictly no shorts, bermudas, flip-flops or sandals. However, they will require the staff to be formally dressed when meeting with clients or attending functions. And there are companies that have strict dress codes, full formal dress, to present a corporate image. So what does your company say about the dress code?
@lellyp (245)
• Indonesia
16 Jan 09
In my office, just AE, Manager Finance, and HR always wearing formal cloth. for another people just wearing jeans and casual cloth.Maybe cos AE,Manger finance and HR always meet guess or client and we just working and never meet guess. For us mouse important is working good, come to office never late, can finis work in the right time, never left office without permission everything will be ok for us and company.
@glay22 (512)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
though i hate wearing formal clothes coz they make me uncomfortable.. i think it is also important because you can impress your boss, it connotes a positive impact on your job and lastly, sometimes it is a way where you can gain others' respect but if your job goes more on skills then i dont think formal clothes would be appropriate
• India
19 Aug 08
as all responded to the discussion even i would say it depends in which field you are working and the company rules. i think every company should have like 4 days a week formal day and other 3 days should be casual day... that way everything is balanced.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
14 Aug 08
it depends on the office culture and atmosphere. don't get me wrong. i have seen in many government job, people do not bother about dress codes. in It sector mainly, when you are in consulting, the strict dress code is there.
@LimoChang (193)
• China
5 Aug 08
Depends on what kind of job you do.Something concerning creativity you can have some freedom on what you wear.If you are doing something formal,liking meeting clients,having meetings,attending conferences,then wear formals.As for you,you said your clients wouldn't mind either way,then i think it's ok to wear casuals as long as they feel that they are respected.No matter what kind of clothes you wear,obey the office rules and have outstanding performances,there is no doubt that your statue will be up.
@bowtieguy (5930)
• United States
4 Aug 08
It really depends on the environment you work in. For my job I would say it is very inportant for me to dress the way I do and for my employees to follow suit. Some jobs like landscaping or consrtuction or something it may not matter as much as it would a lawyer or doctor or something else. I have always said look good, feel good, and do good, and present yourself as you wish other to present thereself's to you. I don't know about everyone else but I do feel that I perform at my vest when I am looking my best. I know they have done studies beofre on this and have found no real quarilaries between them but this is still how I feel.
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
Count me in. I don't like wearing formal clothes as I'm very uncomfortable in it as most who doesn't like to wear them. Well, it really depends on where we work and if there is a special occasion when I need to put on formal. I work in a call center as well and we do have a requirement to wear at least business casual 2 days a week and the rest of the week would be casual. Well, it could definitely be for status as well. In some companies, supervisor level and up employees wear at least semi-formal attire weekly. Although they could wear casual, they opt to wear semi-formal at certain days of the week. But again, the more comfortable the employee is, I guess the better the performance will be.
@ramangill (1479)
• India
3 Aug 08
It really depends in which place you are working. i personally feel there must be no need of wearing any uniform or formal clothes. but yes still,,in 90% people's eyes ,you need to wear formals if you want keep your status up. but as my personal choice.. i hate clothes (formal, Non-formal) LOL bye take care peace.