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Sample Dress Code Policy

Philosophy and Purpose:

It is management’s intent that work attire should complement an environment that reflects an efficient, orderly, and professionally operated organization. This policy is intended to define appropriate “business attire” during normal business operations and “casual business attire” on Fridays.

The Company recognizes the growing popularity of casual business dress and the positive effects of this shift to boost employee morale, improve quality, encourage more open communication and increased productivity, therefore, creating a more comfortable work environment. Therefore, casual business attire will be permitted on Fridays. The Company reserves the right to continue, extend, revise or revoke this policy at its discretion.

Enforcement of this guideline is the responsibility of Company management and supervisory personnel.

The key point to sustaining an appropriate causal business attire program is the use of common sense and good judgment, and applying a dress practice that the Company deems conducive to our business environment. If you question the appropriateness of the attire, it probably isn’t appropriate.

Requests for advice and assistance in administrating or interpreting this guideline should be directed to _________________.

Appropriate Business Attire

Business attire is to be worn Monday and through Friday. Appropriate business attire for employee include the following:


  • Blazers, suits, or sport coats
  • Dress slacks            
  • @Ties                
  • @Dress shirts with buttons and collars
  • @Dress shoes


  • Dresses
  • Skirts or skorts*
  • Dress slacks
  • Blouses
  • Dress shoes
  • Sweaters
  • Nylons or stocking

* Skorts are defined as non-tailored split skirts. They do not include walking shorts or Bermuda shorts.

Appropriate Casual Business Attire

Casual business attire may be worn on Friday of each week. Appropriate casual business
attire for employees including the following:


  • Sport coats or blazers
  • Slacks, Chinos or Dockers
  • Polo shirts with collars
  • Oxford button-down shirts
  • Sweaters and cardigans
  • Loafers and huaraches
  • Sweaters


  • Slacks
  • Stirrup pants
  • Walking shorts
  • Polo shirts
  • Culottes, skorts, or splint skirts
  • Loafers and huaraches
  • Sweaters

Unacceptable Attire

  • Plain or pocket T-shirts
  • Cutoffs
  • T-shirts with logos          
  • Athletic wear
  • Thongs of any kind          
  • Blue denim jeans
  • Spandex or Lycra such as biker shorts    
  • Tennis shoes
  • Tank tops, tube tops, halter tops with spaghetti straps          
  • Deck shoes
  • Underwear as outerwear
  • Beach wear            
  • Midriff length tops
  • Provocative attire          
  • Off-the-shoulder tops
  • Workout clothes or shoes        
  • Evening wear


Department managers and supervisors are responsible for monitoring and enforcing this policy. The policy will be administered according to the following action steps:

1.    If questionable attire is worn in the office, the respective department             supervisor/manager will hold a personal, private discussion with the employee to advise and counsel the employee regarding the inappropriateness of the attire.

2.    If an obvious policy violation occurs, the department supervisor/manager will hold a private discussion with the employee and ask the employee to go home and change his/her attire immediately.

3.    Repeated policy violations will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


All employees will be provided with a copy of this policy.

Review and Revision

The Company reserves the right to rescind and/or amend this, and all Company policies, at any time.

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