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Dress Code for Incoming Employees
Definition of Professional Formal Attire:
As shown above, to project a professional, “business formal” image, clothing should be crisp, neat, pressed and never wrinkled. Torn, dirty, and unmatched clothing is unacceptable.
The standard dress code in a business formal environment is a full matching business suit, including a jacket and dress pants or a dress skirt. The darker the suit, the more formal!
In addition to matching pants and jackets, men should wear a button-up colored shirt, paired with a tie. Refrain from wearing bold and bright colors or patterns in dress shirts. White, beige or light blue are “safe” colors for shirts. Choose a tie with colors and tones that match your suit and dress shirt. Bold colors and patterns are also acceptable for ties. When wearing a three-piece suit, the vest color and material should match the jacket and slacks.
A dress pant or skirt with matching jacket is considered business formal for women. Depending on the season, jackets may be ¾ length or short sleeve. A mid-calf hem crop pant suit is also suitable. However, this style is not recommended in an interview setting. Skirts should always sit at or just above the knees. A colored blouse or dress-material top is recommended, and should either be tucked in or fall just below the waistline. Tops should never hang below the hem of your suit jacket, or be so short that they show your stomach. Always be cautious that dress shirts are not too revealing in any business setting. Pantyhose are not required. However, during the fall and winter seasons, darker pantyhose or tights are recommended when wearing skirts.
Depending on the color or tone of your suit, a black or brown belt should be worn. Colored or white belts are not recommended. Never wear white socks with a suit. Dress socks should always be worn, preferably, in a tone matching your suit and shoes. When in doubt, wear black dress socks. Optional accessories for men include cufflinks or a pocket-square. The material should match the tie. If desired, women may wear simple and tasteful jewelry; chunky and/or bright accessories are not recommended.
Shoes, boots, flats, open-toed and closed-toed shoes in a leather or dress material are appropriate and should be clean and polished.
Jewelry, Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne
These should be in good taste, with limited visible body piercing. Makeup should be used minimally to represent a natural look. Remember, some of your colleagues may be allergic to chemicals in perfumes and makeup. Therefore, out of consideration for others, wear these substances with restraint.
Religious and Health Accommodations
PIRC will make reasonable accommodations for religious preferences and health issues. The approval for these accommodations are based on the program and/or services the staff member provides.
Definition of Professional Casual Attire:
A business casual environment enhances the image and reputation of the Parent’s Information & Resources Center (PIRC), while allowing staff and consultants to dress comfortably and affordably. The photos above, helps to define what is meant by the “business casual.”
To project a professional, business-like image, clothing should be crisp, neat, pressed and never wrinkled. Torn, dirty or frayed clothing is unacceptable.
Casual colored shirts, polo shirts, buttoned shirts, sweaters, and turtlenecks are appropriate for men and women. Plain t-shirts or camisoles together with cardigans are appropriate. Many tops can easily be dressed up with blazers, cardigans or sport jackets. It is inappropriate to wear tank tops, midriff tops, sweatshirts, muscle shirts or tops that are excessively tight or revealing. Clothing with potentially offensive words, large logos, cartoons and slogans should be avoided.
Dress pants, Dockers, dressy capris and nice looking dress synthetic pants are acceptable. Inappropriate bottoms include jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, short shorts, shorts, leggings or spandex. Dresses and skirts that sit at, or below, the knee are acceptable. Mini-skirts, sun dresses, beach dresses, and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate.
Loafers, dress shoes, boots, flats, dress sandals, open-toed shoes, and closed-toed shoes are appropriate. Shoe heels should be 2 inches or less.
Jewelry, Makeup, Perfume and Cologne
These should be in good taste, with limited visible body piercing. Makeup should be used minimally to represent a natural look. Therefore, out of consideration for others, wear these substances with restraint.
Scrubs are appropriate business attire for employee’s who work in childcare, educational, mental and physical healthcare settings.
Uniforms expenses are the responsibility of the employee and may be tax deductible. Employees and consultants should keep a record of their purchases to use as a deduction on their annual tax return.
Religious and Health Accommodations
PIRC will make reasonable accommodations for religious preferences and health issues. The approval for these accommodations are based on the program and/or services the staff member provides