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Re: Spinoff: Dress code violations

  • khugs15khugs15 The Heart of Dixie member
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    I work at an automotive plant where we make polymer parts for Mercedes/BMW/Nissan/ect, so we have a really strict dress code which involves a "no rivet" policy, so we don't scratch the parts.

    I'm a salaried employee so we have a "uniform" that just includes one of our company polo shirts and dress pants with our safety shoes.

    Some of the girls that work on the production line wear leggings or really tight yoga pants & get in trouble pretty often. Our HR coordinators call them "cheek splitters".
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  • My workplace has almost no dress code. I usually wear jeans and a shirt that is at least nicer than a t-shirt- button down, polo, blouse, something like that, but I could (and people do) wear jeans and t-shirts every day. Sometimes management will dress up a bit if we have customers in, but the rest of the engineers don't really care.

    We can also dye our hair whatever color we want- I had purple hair once and everyone loved it! Even the customers.

    We aren't allowed to wear shorts, tank tops, or open-toed shoes though, at least us engineers aren't, for safety reasons.
  • Oh man. When I first started at this company there was a lady in a very high position (who no longer works here) who was the absolute queen of crossing the line. 

    Before I knew that this was her trademark, I walked into a meeting with her and she was sitting sideways to the door. She had a sarong on-- like I'm pretty sure it was an actual beach cover-up-- as a skirt, and the slit went all the way to her vaj. Her entire bare thigh was hanging out, and I'm pretty sure her underwear was too, but I looked away before she could catch the stunned look on my face. 

    She wore crap like that all the time; super tight, super revealing stuff, really high slits, sheer things, plenty of side boob. She was a very curvy lady and was constantly spilling out of her outfits. I would always hear people whispering/giggling/gasping about it but she was so high-up in the company that no one dare say a word to her. It was kind of great in a weird way. 

    Annoying girl who doesn't know how to shut the fuck up about her personal life for 2 seconds (she's two desks down from me so I have to hear her all day) wears black sweatpants all the time. And sweatshirts. 

    Crazy Jessica also wears ratty old sweatshirts with gym shoes and whatnot. 

    It bugs me because it's like Ok, I get that we're a pretty laid-back company, but you're still at work. Come on. 
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  • wandajune6wandajune6 Chicago-ish member
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    We joke about dress codes. Our only rule is not to embarrass yourself. That means no t-shirts or jeans with holes in our shared space.

    I'm in suits regularly for client meetings. My clients tend to have much tighter dress codes though I'm noticing a surprising number of older guys wearing Crocs with their suits.
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  • NowIamMrsKleinNowIamMrsKlein Cold Canadian North (British Columbia) member
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    My current job is pretty laid back, with a 'look presentable' memo. I wear jeans every day.

    I probably put in the most effort in regarding dress as I sit at the front desk so I feel like I should look more put together as I am the first person people see. 

    At my previous job it was a business casual atmosphere, every friday being casual friday. Which in my (and 99% of my workers) definition was getting to wear jeans. But I had one co-worker who would abuse casual Friday to no end. One day she showed up wearing tear away track pants (that she had owned for probably 15 years) and an XXL sweater (she was 5 feet tall and maybe 90lbs) that hung down past her knees, was bright purple and had a giant Eeyore on it.


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  • I was intereviwed for a job at a call center located in a warehouse. Because of the security, someone had to come and meet me at the gate and escort me back and the girl who showed up was in a pink track suit. Like, sweat pants and matching zip up hoodie. She was the only one I saw because everyone was seated at their desks but I see her sweats and am like "Oh, great, so it's casual" in my head. 

    I get the job and show up in the first day in jeans. And as I'm leaving at the end of my first day my manager pulls me aside and explains they don't allow jeans, it's business casual and I am both mortified and confused as fuck. Ever since then I've always asked about dress codes prior to showing up to my first day at a new job.

    (Couple years later we all fought to be allowed to wear jeans to work. That girl had left by then but she was one of our main arguments -- "you let her wear sweat suits for years but we can't wear jeans and a nice blouse?" We won and jeans were allowed.)
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  • levioosalevioosa Southern California member
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    levioosa said:

    My current job (for the next five days, anyways) pretty must doesn't have a dress code. My coworkers have worn track suits before, which I think is a little too casual, and shorts. I did get told my hair color wasn't appropriate once though (it was purple and blonde). I've never heard of anyone getting reprimanded for what's worn at our office. I mean, our HR guy wears sketches shape ups with sweat pants, a button up shirt and a tie with velour suit jacket so.....

    I want a picture of this man.
    I think I have a picture on my laptop at home. I'm pretty sure he's also wearing a scarf with that ensemble in the picture too.  Apparently there was also a time when he would wear short shorts.  I am so glad I missed that phase. 


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  • thisismynickname2thisismynickname2 City By The Lake member
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    We're casual, and the handbook has definite do's and don'ts. What stinks is that people will get a talking-to if they're in violation outright, but it's that gray area that pisses me off. 
    For example, leggings with a tunic? Could be nice if the tunic is hitting lower thigh. But girls come in with the tunic barely covering the butt cheeks and that's just too revealing. 

    There's this gray area of too-revealing, and a gray area of too sloppy. It saddens me to see the sloppy people because I know they just don't care. I wish What Not To Wear could do a group intervention in my office. 
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  • I work in recruiting in a corporate environment and a girl today is wearing a VS Pink hoodie.  Some people will wear jeans on Friday, but at least have a dressed up shirt on.

    Another coworker used his sprained ankle as an excuse to wear sweatpants (with a dress shirt).

    A peer of mine once had a candidate show up to an interview in a tube top.  Yikes.
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  • hellosweetie1015hellosweetie1015 Where the skies are so blue member
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    I have a dress code. I don't mind it, because it's fairly lax - I wear "sleeveless blouses" regularly, and my tattoos are okay being shown occasionally. I wear a hawaiian print dress once every two weeks or so; it's a tank dress and when I get hot in the front room with all my amazing windows, I'm totally fine taking the cardigan I keep over it off.

    I'm the only employee though, and I'm tempted to renegotiate (when I work up the nerve to ask for a raise) to allow for the option of nice dark-wash jeans every day. All of my work shirts look just as good with jeans. I feel better in jeans. I feel like I look better in jeans. I work happier in jeans. And my boss is generally a cool cat so I'm hoping I can figure that out.
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  • ashley8918ashley8918 Chicago Suburbs member
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    My tube top has sparked such intrigue hahaha!

    I admit, I am the queen of borderline work inappropriateness. I would in a pretty corporate environment and I regularly wear leggings as pants (HATERS GON HATE) with tunic-type shirts, Sleeveless shirts, Flip flops (But, like, nice embellished leather ones, not rubber), and *GASP* yoga pants.

    None fucks.

    Oh, and my tattoos and piercings almost always show, but there is no rule against that because we don't suck. Our dress code isn't super strict either.
  • hicocohicoco Chicago member
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    We are pretty casual; when I started, I was told jeans on Fridays but EVERYONE wore jeans every single day so I started doing it too. Our boss knows this, sees it and doesn't seem to care. We just got a new boss (between us and our big boss) and she asked about the jeans and we said, it's pretty casual here, no one has a problem with it, etc. Well, she must have asked someone else because she then sent an email out saying from now on it will be jeans only on Fridays since that is the official corporate policy. She's been gone for a few weeks at training so everyone's still been wearing jeans and I hope I don't forget next week when she's back!
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  • AlisonM23 said:

    I work in recruiting in a corporate environment and a girl today is wearing a VS Pink hoodie.  Some people will wear jeans on Friday, but at least have a dressed up shirt on.


    Another coworker used his sprained ankle as an excuse to wear sweatpants (with a dress shirt).

    A peer of mine once had a candidate show up to an interview in a tube top.  Yikes.
    I used to be a receptionist at a fairly traditional corporation and a girl showed up in a black skirt suit, but wearing a bustier top. Her boob was hanging out of it. She did not get the job.
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  • I work in an industrial setting with no formal dress code beyond meeting safety standards (i.e. long pants, steel toed boots, etc), and I wear jeans and a polo basically everyday.  I kind of side eye some of the t-shirts a few of my coworkers wear (plain?  cool.  college frat shirt?  dude.) but the best is one of the hourly guys who wears an old t-shirt with a screen printed bow tie and name tag that says "hi my name is I'M SEXY AND I KNOW IT".
  • huskypuppy14huskypuppy14 Boston Suburbs member
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    We have no dress code. Probably like Magic's: don't show up naked. If you work in the lab though you're suppose to wear closed toed shoes and long pants/long skirts.

    Most people wear jeans and sweaters/shirts every day. I wear tank tops in the summer, and have a cardigan or jacket to put on if the AC is too cold.

    Our CEO wears jeans and sneakers every day. He even wears this when meeting with bankers.
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  • I work in the tech world so it's your typical corporate job. I am also at headquarters so all of our upper management, VPs etc are in the same office. Our department is pretty casual, you can wear jeans every day of the week if you want. When I started I was young and wanted to make a good impression so I wore slacks and nice tops every day to work. After about a month of that and a promotion I figured "f this" I am who I am and my work speaks for itself. I started wearing my more "out there" stuff and that was just me. I figured if I'm covered up appropriately who should care if my tights have some crazy pattern and my top doesn't quite match. I'm on a first name basis with all of our VPs and got another promotion, clearly it has not affected my work. Moral of the story is, there is a fine line between being yourself and dancing on the "dress appropriate" line, you just have to know how to work it. 

    I will say that if customers were going to be in town of there was an important meeting I'm in slacks, button down shirt etc. so that is most likely why my clothes have never been a problem, there is a time and place for everything. On the flip side of that, I went on a business trip with another young girl in the office meeting with customers, our supervisor told us no skirts (I was planning on one day being in a high waisted pencil skirt passed my knees). She later told me it was because the last time a customer was in town the other girl had worn a terribly short skirt with no tights.

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  • thisismynickname2thisismynickname2 City By The Lake member
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    annathy03 said:

    I work in an industrial setting with no formal dress code beyond meeting safety standards (i.e. long pants, steel toed boots, etc), and I wear jeans and a polo basically everyday.  I kind of side eye some of the t-shirts a few of my coworkers wear (plain?  cool.  college frat shirt?  dude.) but the best is one of the hourly guys who wears an old t-shirt with a screen printed bow tie and name tag that says "hi my name is I'M SEXY AND I KNOW IT".

    That's awesome!

    I get a little paranoid about what I wear because I don't want to be that chick crossing the line. Like, I wear skinny jeans daily but I always wear flats, because wearing heels with skinny jeans is more happy hour than work hour. At least to me. Women with great style can pull it off, but I don't feel like I have the best style, you know?
    I got new skinny black pants from WHBM (love!!) and we had a big meeting one day. With big meetings, people dress a lot nicer- business casual instead of regular casual. I put on my new pants with heels and a fancy cardigan and asked DH if it looked professional or not. I just couldn't gauge if it was too "look at my ass" or not for a business meeting. 

    So far, luckily, the only time I've ever violated a dress code was in high school and ended up in detention. Eye roll...
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    Not really work related unless you're a pro handler, but I just remembered an old favorite blog, Dog Show Fashion Police. Apparently it's no more, probably because they got a lot of YOU DON'T KNOW MY LIFE kinds of messages. Dog people... tend to struggle with fashion. Some samples:

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    Folks, you know you're going to bend over at some point. Do the bend over test. Also if you have a large dog you're going to have to run, so this is also a bad idea besides being fugly:

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    The sneakers-with-suit look is really common and a big peeve of mine, though I'm surprisingly not finding any examples of it. 
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  • I work for a high ranking officer who is retiring in a few weeks.  His wife is an attorney and is always dressed to the nines.  He "encourages" that kind of attire but he can't require it because there is no formal dress code.  He tried to put a policy out 3 years ago and the union ate that up for lunch.

    We can wear jeans on Fridays with him.  When I know he is going to be gone I wear jeans everyday.  Oh, like next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I always have nice shoes on and a nice shirt but I really love wearing my jeans.

    The incoming guy is really laid back and his current people seem to wear jeans quite a bit so that is what I will be doing.  Dark wash, no holes, not faded.  Can't wait.
  • chibiyuichibiyui The Boring Part of MD member
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    The store I worked at had a business casual dress code, unless you were stock or a dock worker.

    Pretty much no one followed it.

    I, especially once I got to furniture, stopped following parts as well. I always looked presentable and fairly professional (you know, for mattress sales) Shorter dresses always hit at least mid thigh and were only worn with thick tights/leggings (always boots with leggings) Nothing was too tight, etc. And i did it because who the fuck was going to write me up for a dress code violation when the girl in the department next to me was wearing a bandage skirt that barely covered her ass and a top that was all tits all the time. 

    My last few weeks though, I was a bitch and wore jeans.
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  • larrygagalarrygaga Czechoslovakia member
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    Almost everyone at my work wears scrubs, and I wear business casual. I have some skinny dress pants and I wear black canvas loafers with it. I don't fucking care, I have to walk the entire fucking day. I also wear long dangly crazy shiney necklaces. You aren't supposed to because dementia patients might grab onto them, but I figure if they grab onto my necklace they probably just want to look at it. I kind of built myself up to disappointing people if I don't wear one crazy piece of jewelry each day. I spend a lot of money at charming charlies, lol!

    We have this nurse who wears these ass length nasty weaves and her fingernails are like 4 inches long. I feel bad for whoever has their butt wiped by them. I think she gets talked to but we are so short on nurses we can almost never threaten to fire them, so she gets away with it. 
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  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado mod
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    I work from home.  I make my own policy.   I pretty much wear jeans and a nice cotton top everyday.   Sometimes I wear yoga pants, but no often.   Sometimes I wear zip up or hooded sweatshirts in the winter.  Mostly nice sweater.

    Shoes?   Winter is just nice thick socks. With slip-on by the door to take out the dogs.  Summer, light socks or barefoot.  Again slip-on or flops by the door.

    On the boat our uniform was blue board shorts (3 inch), white t-shirts.  Bikini top underneath.   Baseball at.  No shoes.  Well flops picking up the food and ice, but none on the boat. 

    Sunsets were tan shorts with blue polo tops.  No hats allowed.   Again no shoes. 

    I miss those days.

    DH is chef pants, chef jacket, colorful socks and black slip-on clogs.  Every single day.






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  • In the main lab the dress code is long pants and closed toe/closed heel shoes. Depending on the type of work you're doing you can get away with shorts or ballet flats in the summer. This one girl always wears short-shorts in the summer regardless of the type of work she's doing and doesn't understand why that isn't appropriate.

    In my "special" lab I have to be covered from the neck down. I usually wear jean and boots, but can get away with a dress and tights once I put my protective gear on. I can't wear any dangling jewelry and have to remove rings, bracelets and watches.

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  • levioosalevioosa Southern California member
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    For @southernbelle0915 and for everyone else who needed to see this, I found this picture from last year.  Sadly he isn't wearing the velour suit jacket, but he wears it pretty much every day, except for if he's seeing a client.  Then he switches it up with a tweed jacket.    


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  • labrolabro Hotlanta member
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    My office officially has business casual dress code with an emphasis on casual. I can wear jeans and sandals. My director used to bike to work and wore jeans and sneakers every day. My previous job had a dress code that ran on for 3 pages. There was a specific men's dress code and a women's dress code with items like no moomoos, no clam diggers (whatever the hell those are) and no sandals. Apparently up until about a year before I started working there women were required to wear skirt suits with hose every day and men had to wear a full suit (jacket, tie, everything). It pretty much sucked for everyone, especially in August with 100% humidity and 100 plus degree temperatures.

    Neither that job nor my current job are customer facing ever. I am and was in a cube all day.



  • louxnoellelouxnoelle #patriotsnation member
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    As a theatre instructor, leggings-as-pants get me through life, as long as they're of a nice enough quality. I can move and dance around while still being covered, which is half the battle. My boss has a weird thing about earring size, though? No dangly-chandelier type craziness which, c'mon, I'm a drama teacher. That's my shit.

    In response to these oddly specific rules, she always says, "They wouldn't be there had there not been prior incidents," in which case I always imagine various bloody acting-related earring incidents, traumatic for all involved.

    One of FI's dress code items is "no athletic shoes," and the other day he wore a new pair of black converse with a nice shirt and a blazer, and had almost all of his supervisors blatantly ask, "What's with the sneakers?" He came home so embarassed; he figured that since they weren't like Nikes they would be okay. I felt so bad. :(
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  • Cookie PusherCookie Pusher Looking over your shoulder member
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    My office is business casual, but we are expected to wear suits when we have any visitors (especially from our parent company). We can wear jeans on Fridays as long as we still look presentable. Our parent company works with government so the dress code is delineated in excruciating detail because previous employees have been completely inappropriate at times. I heard about a woman who once came into the office in shorts and a bikini top because it was the day of our company picnic. The problem with that was that the office was still doing business as usual until everyone was dismissed at lunch for the picnic.

    I used to work for a recruiting firm, and I saw some doozies. We had more than a few applicants come in for interviews with extremely low-cut tops, too-tight/too-short skirts, dirty/ripped clothes, flip flops, etc. I actually saw one woman's boob fall out of her shirt when she leaned over to sign some papers. What were these people thinking when they got dressed that morning?!
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  • JCbride2015JCbride2015 Dirty Jerz member
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    My job is business casual, heavy on the business.  Full suits are pretty common for partners and any time we have to see a client or go to court.

    I wear a sheath dress basically every single day.  I have about 10+ tailored dresses that I just rotate and change up my necklaces.  I leave black, gray, and navy blazers in my office which I can throw on if I have a meeting or need to be more covered.

    But sleeveless is totally acceptable, so I only wear the blazer if I'm actually cold or have an important meeting.  Bare legs are okay, so now that it's warm I don't wear hose.  Every once in a while we have a charity jeans day, so you can wear jeans if you donate money.  

    One of the women I interned with last summer had chronic dress code problems: sheerness, visible bra straps, tight, lots of zippers, neon colors, etc.  She was spoken to about it and continued wearing the same outfits.  She was not hired back.
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  • levioosa said:

    For @southernbelle0915 and for everyone else who needed to see this, I found this picture from last year.  Sadly he isn't wearing the velour suit jacket, but he wears it pretty much every day, except for if he's seeing a client.  Then he switches it up with a tweed jacket.    

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