Do you need to change the way you dress for work?

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Reiabuzz, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Reiabuzz

    Reiabuzz Banned Banned

    At the moment, I don’t. But I’m up for a job which I’ve just discovered requires ‘business casual’. My current job, well, on Monday I throw on the same jeans I was wearing on Sunday when I was watching the footy in the pub with my mates.

    Do you have to do this? And how much value in terms of salary, percentage wise, would you place on being able to be totally free in that sense? I’m thinking 20%.
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  2. S☼I

    S☼I those funny little plans that never work out right

    I don't mind dressing a bit smarter for work. I'm a TA in a primary school, and it's shoes, smartish trousers, shirt and jumper (no tie). Makes no odds to me. I wouldn't be cock-a-hoop about having to wear a tie, and I guess when it gets warmer we'll see if they're ok with polo shirts, but really I'm happy to be smart.
  3. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    No, cos I like wearing 'smart' clothes outside work too
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  4. S☼I

    S☼I those funny little plans that never work out right

    Ah, you see I'm trainers/joggers/jeans and hoodies/t shirts most of the time out of work, because I never go anywhere except the shops.
  5. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    I wear jeans a lot outside work, but I do often want to wear my work clothes out cos they're nicer.
    I wear joggers when I jog but don't like them the rest of the time - not great for pockets for a start.
  6. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    It's an extension of my leisure kit. Although I have been known to use the excuse of a job interview sometimes to buy new trainers that I want.
  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    When I worked for a well-known local authority I wore jeans and a shirt. There was a dress code that was smarter but my manager agreed with me that I'd dress accordingly if a senior manager ever asked. They never did.
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  8. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

    Yes. I get very dirty.
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  9. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    No, I could show up in jeans and tshirt. Generally I don’t because I like to look a bit smarter but there no requirement. I often wear smarter jeans and a shirt though.

    They’d probably be a bit :hmm: if I turned up in my pyjamas mind.
  10. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist R.I.P.



    Or branded polo shirt and hoodie for my other job :hmm:

    So yes, I do.
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  11. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Can wear what I want except blue jeans apparently. So I wear black ones. A fellow teacher has not worn anything other than shorts (and t-shirt, smartasses) throughout the winter. It’s a P.R.U. If we dressed up we’d probably get stabbed.
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  12. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    Casual at work, so jeans are OK. But I'll wear a shirt and tie if I'm interviewing, etc.
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  13. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I wear completely different clothes to work than I do elsewhere. A line skirt with elasticated waistband (for sitting all day) and a smart t-shirt. As I cycle, I leave the skirt at work and take a clean top in every day.

    Outside of work I am usually in jeans.
  14. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Quiet a few people where I'm working on Sheppey come in wearing full tracksuits and trainers like their football coaches or something. They won't be getting very far in their careers unless they learn to grow the fuck up.
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  15. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    Biggest difference is that my work clothes are cleavage-free and I don't wear things like just leggings and a jumper. Other than that, the lines are blurred. I wear quite dressy stuff by choice.
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  16. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    You don't have to wear a suit at mine but you're meant to look professional. I get away with black jeans instead of work trousers and I wear whatever shirt I fancy without a tie. Chelsea boots or a pair of brogues. It's not that different to what I'd wear normally apart from my usual DM's and I wear them to work on dress-down Fridays anyhow. I wear normal jeans then. No-one seems to mind.
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  17. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    Depends on the customer. I'm working in the city at the moment so I wear smart jeans, a shirt and black shoes. Some customers are more relaxed so it's jeans and a tshirt with trainers. If I'm at my companies office I wear jeans, tshirt and trainers. Sometimes, I'm working in dusty data centres so I get my dirty old jeans and crappy old tshirt for that. Occasionally, I'm on a building site so it's dickies trousers, steel toe capped boots and a t-shirt with high viz and a hard hat.

    So, the answer to the question is yes, sometimes.
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  18. Sea Star

    Sea Star have you ever explored your dark side?

    Yeah. That hasn't always been the case though.

    Used to work in a very informal environment, most doing electronic testing and design, so no one cares if you just wore jeans and tee shirts.

    Then I got a job where I had to go to meetings so I bought a suit, which I didn't have to wear every day, but still too much.

    Never understood ties!!!

    Plus I did quite a bit of site work, and nights, so I wore my worst clothes because I'd get covered in that black stuff that gets up your nose on the tube. Plus I'd be either too hot, too cold, sometimes too wet, so I had specialist work things (still do) and PPE.

    now I'm working in one of our head offices, so smart is kind of expected. I tend to dress down at home and dress a bit up for work. I definitely own a few dresses and a couple of skirts I'd never wear if I didn't have work to go to, but there is considerable overlap.
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  19. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    I can wear what I want in the smart casual style. Last job was trainers, tees and hoodies. New job I've upped my game (for my own satisfaction!), so shoes or rather nice blue dessert boots I've just got, shirt or polo shirt and a jacket, with jeans. Still not quite got the hang of dressing smarter so some days i feel what im wearing works and others less so!
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  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    One of the managers described me being 'dishevelled' :thumbs: Mostly wear jeans, trainers, tee-shirts and hoodies. It's a bit of a shock to work mates when I smarten up for going to court.
  21. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    I wear a uniform to work, so yes :)
  22. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    I work with teenagers who are from disadvantaged areas.
    Recently, I've found that the more casually I dress, the better they are at responding positively to instructiom. And I've had no issues with the more aggressive pupils since dressing much less formally....
    The other day I wore a branded tracksuit and runners. The response was quite revelation.
    It could be a complete coincidence so I'll try it out next week again on PE day.
    To be fair the code is very casual...I just used to dress in a neat pair of dark jeans and a blouse/top and cardigan.. Often wearing my DMs. Or I mightbwear a dress with my DMs... but the reactiom to the tracksuit was a revelation....:D
  23. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Not really. My standard work uniform is black top and black jeans. I've started wearing colours a bit. But I can generally wear what I want. I went in wearing jogging bottoms last year when I was poorly no one batted an eyelid. It's the most casual place I've worked in years. Some days I dress up but that's normally cos I feel like it.
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  24. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist R.I.P.

    Nuff respect you fucking ANARCHIST!11! :eek::thumbs::cool:
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  25. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    It's def one for the informal anarchist actions thread :D
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  26. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist R.I.P.

    WITHOUT A TIE :eek::eek:

    Nice one Voley :D:thumbs:
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  27. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    Always sensible for defendants to look their best in front of the judge. :thumbs:
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  28. Sea Star

    Sea Star have you ever explored your dark side?

    I got told off by my manager in the mid 90s for wearing band and political slogan tee shirts to work.
  29. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Things have got a lot more relaxed where I work over the years. It used to be suit and tie every day. Now it's only suits for client meetings, and even then not ties very often.
    Today was dark chinos, DM 2976's (chelsea boots, mono, plain welt - still can't get away with the yellow stitching normally) and a jacket.
    Fridays is proper dress down - jeans, tees - whatever people want, but "sort of within reason". Even I occasionally raise an eyebrow when someone comes in with a "Avenged Sevenfold" tshirt or something similar, and there are people or roll their jeans half way up their shins so everyone can see that they aren't wearing socks even though its cold outside, but hey ho.

    Except tomorrow I'm lumbered with a new client meeting at head office which means dressing up like a prick and going to London. On a Friday ffs.

    The dressing up like a plonker thing is dying. I have been to client meetings fully suited and booted, tie, double cuffs, and had clients laugh at us for dressing like twerps, but the powers that be still say that we are expected to dress in a certain way. I'm past caring. They pay me.

    So I do have to change the way I dress for work, even on dress down fridays (though I do wear my proper 1490s sometimes), but it is a lot more relaxed, which is progress.
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  30. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    I once got described as looking like I'd been pulled through a hedge backwards at my end of year review. And that was me wearing shirt and trousers every day!

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