So what’s going on in 2013 office dress codes? At Yahoo, “It’s a smorgasbord,” said Myles Weinstein, product manager of mobile. “We get people in suits—the people in the M&A side will wear slacks and pressed shirts, and we get the engineers that wear sandals and shorts and T-shirts. It’s all over.”
You may remember heavily criticized, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer for requiring at-home employees to come back to the office? The upside of her position is that she is said to be a fashionable role model. “It’s exciting to have a female leader that you can all sort of look up to, and she is stylish,” said Jennifer Romolini, editor in chief of Yahoo Shine. “We’ve all upped our game.”
There are some businesses wherein it may not be appropriate at all to display one’s personal dress tastes. Franki Brandt-Pethtel, the Director of Operations for Bond Jewelers in the Tampa Bay Area, thinks maintaining a proper dress code shows respect for your employer, clients and yourself. “Would you purchase an expensive piece of fine jewelry from a woman with a green Mohawk and sleeve full of tats? My personal expression can wait until my day off,” she said. www.bonddiamonds.com/
It’s better, however, not to produce a dress code on What Not to Wear, but to frame it more positively. Branding is still important. “Our firm, although we honor a more relaxed working environment, is still a business, and people need to be aware of their dress choices and the tone they set for our internal as well as our external brand,'” says Mary Lou Andre, editor of DressingWell.com. “Most young people have never been told that they must dress a certain way, so you as a company leader must coach them. http://imagebycheeba.com/designing-a-personal-branding-statement/
“You may be memorable, but make sure you are memorable for the right reasons,” said Judah Kurtz, of BPI group, a human resources consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. “Be yourself, but don’t let your appearance or behaviors detract from your selling points: your intelligence, accomplishments, strengths and experience.” http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/14/living/workplace-dress-code
Question: If I were in charge of my company dress code, I would . . . .