Dress Codes at work.

United States
January 12, 2012 5:18pm CST
I just had a thought, if I Had to wear a dress to work, I would be unemployed! I haven't worn a dress in 10 years and I'm not going to start now! Thankfully the work I do is causal. In fact only an idiot would wear their " Sunday Best" Would you decline a job where you Had to wear something formal? come to think of it, I Would!
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@franne32 (695)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
It depends on the kind of job I applied for. I wouldn't want to look left out if I wear something not befitting of the job description.
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• United States
13 Jan 12
Agreed. That is why I never go for the posh jobs.
@LaDeBoheme (1992)
• United States
12 Jan 12
Nah, I doubt I would decline any job offered me, especially if it were just for a dress code. (Do dress codes actually exist anymore?!) I work outdoors, so a dress is definitely not practical for the work I do. But I do like to wear a dress/skirt on occasion -- a change of pace, something different, or just because I feel like being all frilly & girly.
• United States
12 Jan 12
Depends on just how badly I needed the job. Taking a stand on the dress code wont do you any good if you don't have any money in your pocket or food on your table. Besides I'm used to wearing skirts or dresses whenever I attend my bible meetings so it wouldn't be too bad for me to amend to the dress code.
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• United States
13 Jan 12
If I Have to uncomfortable to make money I prefer to be a hooker. At least Most of the time I;m Out of a dress. Actually I do not even apply for jobs where I Must wear a dress. i have been always ready to die instead of being uncomfortable , Nothing has changed!
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
13 Jan 12
A job is a job. If I will get a good pay, and the formality of this work require you to dress formal, I won't mind though. I like to dress casual, and make myself comfortable, but I have to comply with my work requirement too. So, I won't mind at this point.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
13 Jan 12
I wouldn't either..with all the new fabrics they have they stretch and breath so it's not so confining like they used to be...so I wouldn't mind at all.
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• United States
13 Jan 12
what I wear makes or doesn't make me feel comfortable. If I don't feel comfortable I will not do good work. I always said if I had to wear a uniform to school , I would have dropped out! Now I just don't apply for a job with a dress code. Why even try to fit me , a square peg, into a round hole!
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
13 Jan 12
I must admit that I have a few dresses in my closet but do not relish wearing them due to the need to wear heels and nylons. I am so used to wearing pants with comfortable black nearly flat shoes which look like non skid shoes as they are so nice to wear. I might take a job which required me to dress up but I would not really like to dress up on a daily basis... and would need a clothing allowance to purchase appropriate clothing and shoes to wear.
• United States
13 Jan 12
That is so true. It would have to be a clothing allowance because I have no money for a brand new wardrobe!
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
I haven't wear a dress too. It is only when I go to a wedding that I get to wear it. Just recently, I was attended to attend church that requires to wear dress. I don't feel good about it but when I got to wear it, I just feel happy. Maybe because it is my opportunity to dress up. LOL. So to answer your question, I wouldn't decline a job even if it requires me to wear formal. Besides, it is hard to find a job nowadays. I would like dressing up. :)
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
13 Jan 12
I don't mind dressing up....in fact I like it once in a while....the big drawback is the amount of money you have to spend to keep up a wardrobe with a job like that......
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• Philippines
13 Jan 12
If that would be the case, then I will be buying a lot of clothes. I don't have any formal attires, only casual ones. And I haven't experience in a job like that. I've had only casual attires before...and now, we are all required to be on our uniforms. I think it is best to be on uniforms so that you will not be thinking on what you will wear the next day. I used to think about that before and it's driving me nuts sometimes. But, if the opportunity will come out...to me, having that dress code, then I will surely grab that opportunity.
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• United States
14 Jan 12
It depends on the uniform. If it had pants , then I would be ok with it, but if it had a skirt, I would quit!
• Philippines
15 Jan 12
Ours is pants and I am very glad about it. It's just so hard to work with a skirt...I will surely have a hard time running or walking around as I do my work...^^
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• United States
16 Jan 12
@GreenMoo (11842)
13 Jan 12
Well that depends what the work was, and whether I felt the dress code was inappropriate for the type of work. If I was applying for a job as a gardener for instance, and they asked me to wear a dress, I'd definitely be questioning their motives! I can't remember the last time I wore a dress or skirt. I had lots of skirt suits when i was office based, but I still preferred my trouser suits. And when I first got together he once said how much he liked floaty summer dresses so i bought a few. I don't think I've ever worn them.
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• United States
13 Jan 12
If my fella said he preferred me in a dress, he wouldn't be my fella! By saying this means he doesn't want me, he wants whom he can make me into! Sorry I will not be made over. It would have been so over! I own only one dress and it is too large now. I lost weight! I love this dress , why? It is black denim. So it is posh enough to wear amd yet it is breathable! I wore it 10 years ago!I wore it to a play! These days if I were to go to the theater , i would wear pants!
@GreenMoo (11842)
13 Jan 12
He didn't say he *preferred me* in floaty summer dresses, he just said he liked them. It was me who decided to give them a go ..... but perhaps he meant on himself? Anyway, he's stuck with me despite my legs never seeing the light of day all these years. I guess dresses can't be that important to him.
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• United States
13 Jan 12
My guy doesn't care what I wear! That's another reason why he is my guy. If he said he like summer dresses, I would upload his favorite female star wearing a summer dress!
@ShyBear88 (17679)
• United States
15 Jan 12
It would depend on what kind formal wear. I've hadtwp different teaching jobs and both had different dress codes. One you had to wear office wear that means either dresses, skirts or dress slacks. I alread dress slacks unless I was in the mood for somethin more dressy then that. Tops I could get way with having something that button or a polo stuff I liked wearing. Then the other job was casual wear since it was a daycare.
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• United States
15 Jan 12
But it was worth it because you loved the kids.
@ShyBear88 (17679)
• United States
15 Jan 12
Yes and no. I love the kids but didnt care for the dress slacks because I have to keep adjusting the pant legs.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Jan 12
I don't have to be formal, but we do have uniforms that we have to wear. They supply them and it does keep me from messing up my own clothes. I heard once that they also require them because it represents unity in the company. We all have to wear the same stuff...even the president.
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@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
16 Jan 12
Main thing is you've a job where you feel well. Think that there are a lot of people needing to work.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
16 Jan 12
Oh..I am ok with my job for sure. I have been there for 13 years. We have always had the same uniform policy. It gets old wearing the same stuff everyday but I would rather do that than mess the clothes I have to buy up.
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
13 Jan 12
Hi behen I worked as a Teacher most of my professional times (when I used to go out to work). Now here, in India, you cannot think to wear casuals at this job - I think teachers should always be presentable and dressed better (may not be that 3piece suites with ties etc. but still should have a better dress sense). After that Teacher's job, I worked as a Software Professional and I could wear casuals though not the Bermuda or Shorts that I keep wearing these days. Again at times, I had to meet clients while presentations etc and such times were the most harrowing... Imagine me in a Tie Today, I dont care. I am working from home and even at times when I meet clients (local ones of course), I do not care anything about dress. I wear what I want. But that is a risk I can take today. Unfortunately, today in India, almost all colleges, schools and many offices too have started to implement dress codes just to bring harmony (at least in looks) among different employees. I have my personal doubts though - how well this resolves their purpose. Also, ladies have to suffer more at times on the context that their dress codes are more responsible for the crimes against them... Again, beyond my understanding.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
13 Jan 12
Ah, I almost forgot to answer to your question. As long as I dont have to pay the bills for those Office Forced Clothes, and feel comfy in those, I think I will have no issues... but if either of them is not met, I can always think to have another job... As you mentioned in your response @ #1 I am not into those posh corporate culture and will not be.
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• United States
13 Jan 12
Hi Bhai! I can imagine you in a tie. In fact when you hair was long , I could see you in a a dress shirt and tie with your hair in a ponytail! My Bhai is beautiful and can wear Anything and look good! Most Americans are causal these days. Once we Had to dress up to go to most restaurants. But these days most restaurants serve customers who wear jeans and t-shirts! And some companies have a semi causal dress code. I think it was the younger, internet based workers that changed them. the computer geeks would wear jeans to work. Some schools here have their students wear uniforms. am I glad I'm out of school?!I know if I were forced to wear a dress at school, I would have never graduated or ,Knowing my mom , she would have taken me out of that school. She hated dresses too! We buried her in pants!
@bagarad (12653)
• Paso Robles, California
19 Jan 12
It depends upon how hungry I am. If I had to dress up for a job, I'd have to earn enough to cover the clothes I'd have to buy, because I don't own any skirts or dresses that fit anymore. You get spoiled working for yourself, but you don't get rich. At least I don't.
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• United States
19 Jan 12
I rather die from starvation or by my own hand instead of Having to be uncomfortable as I was working.I have always been that way , since age 13. There is no job I would do where I Have to wear a dress!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
16 Jan 12
One of my very first jobs had a dress code requirement. It was in the cosmetic industry, and since we were all beautiful people, it was required that we wore our 'best' to work. I liked it back then. Coming from struggling in university with only tees and ragged jeans in the wardrobe, it was a big change for me. I felt really professional. Nowadays, I've grown to hate dress codes at work. I prefer something comfortable, specially with the work that I do.
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• United States
17 Jan 12
Back in the day I had to wear a long black skirt and a white blouse when I played in the orchestra but that was so long ago, G-d was a boy, lol! Now I Only own t-shirts and jeans and I wouldn't have it any other way.
@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
16 Jan 12
I think there are many kinds of jobs where the staff dress at different ways. I wouldn't refuse a job if I must dress formal -no way. Main thing is that you can earn and feel well with your job.
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• United States
16 Jan 12
That's the whole point. I would never feel well about the job if I was forced to wear a dress.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Jan 12
where i work is business casual. to wear my Sunday best, well, it wouldnt work because i am filing, bending, on my knees, etc. although i work in an office, i wear khakis, dress pants or maybe a skirt. if you had to wear stuff like that, it would be in an upscale store maybe but it would be expensive dressing like that i would think!
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• United States
14 Jan 12
At my work it is causal I am walking bending and my work place is dusty!
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
13 Jan 12
Oh Sarah, we face this thing at work.. We are supposed to wear formals from Monday to Wednesday... On Thursday and Friday, we can wear formal shirt and jeans... And on Saturday and Sunday we don't have any restrictions... From Monday to Friday, round-neck t shirts are totally prohibited and one who comes to office without formal shoes, isn't allowed to enter the premises... LOL... How we suffer!!!! Thank you!!!
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• United States
13 Jan 12
Yikes! I wouldn't last long! i have to be comfortable to work well. If I were forced into a formal ware, I wouldn't do my work well!
• Malaysia
13 Jan 12
If the company required to wear in formal attire, then you just have to corporate with it. But if the company does not required to wear formal, it depends on what type of job and where i'm working, and what kind of environment your working with. I prefer wearing formal attire at work, because i like to look professional, Of course casual wear is okay for me too, but for casual wear, i will waste a lot of time for clothes arranging and choose what to wear because we have many selection for casual wear. Clothes arranging are very important to me, because how you dress yourself can change your image and appearance and how people have the perception over you, man or women who dress in sexy always catch people's attention, don't you think so? Make sure the wearing doesn't affect you when you are working, working with comfortable is the most important :)
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• United States
13 Jan 12
Your last sentence is why I would not take the job! If I am not comfortable, how am I suppose to get any work done? If I can't work, Why did they hire me. I never care what others see when they see me. I live in t shirts and jeans! The job I have is causal! I will not even apply for any job that requires fancy clothes. Another brought this up, If I got the job , there would have to be a clothing allowance because I have no fancy clothes!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jan 12
hi sarabethruth in this time of bad economy in the US if I were younger and going to work I would take whatever job was offered and wear whatever I had to just so I could make a living and pay bills and put food on my table. I am elderly and retired as I have done my stint of work,now let others have at it. lol lol lol
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@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
18 Jan 12
It would be depend on the job and how much they paid me. When I was in college I took a class in Poise and Personality from a model who for her job as a spokesperson for commercials for a coffee company, always dressed to the nines. Even on campus, because she was supposed to reflect a certain image at all times due to the amount of money she earned, she always looked like she came off the pages of Vogue magazine. She was totally gorgeous even for a woman in her forties at the time. She tried hard back then to convince me to dress like she did (I thought I looked anorexic) and to get into modeling. No way I was interested, I was lucky to walk and chew gum. I did get out of her class with an attitude about dress codes and what I would and wouldn't do for a job. I know many businesses who supply part uniforms (pizza delivery companies for one). But if they required high heels, I wouldn't work for any of them. With back problems and bad feet, I won't wear anything that hurts me. Some people of the legal profession (men and women)still dress formally at all times in the public eye. It just doesn't fit me and my personality. UNLESS, they paid me a young fortune and then, I'd still have to say not if I have to wear high heels!! Thanks for the discussion!