Casual Dress Policy

Last Updated: April 22, 2019

Definition - What does Casual Dress Policy mean?

A dress policy denotes what is appropriate for a specific work environment; a casual dress policy emphasizes relaxed, informal, and comfortable clothing. A casual dress policy in the workplace outlines a standard for employees to follow, ensuring consistency in the presentation of employees. Dress code policy generally encompasses personal grooming and attire to ensure the workplace is represented professionally and consistently.

WorkplaceTesting explains Casual Dress Policy

Casual dress differs from formal wear, the latter generally mandating collared shirts and trousers. Casual attire should remain appropriate, not exposing the breasts, buttocks or stomach. Generally, casual attire should not have rips, frays or stains, in order to maintain a professional persona in the workplace.

Examples of casual attire include jeans, t-shirts, non-collared shirts, and in some work environments, leggings. However, other examples of acceptable casual attire depend on the specific work environment, such as open-toed shoes or ripped jeans. Casual attire is not loungewear and generally prioritizes functionality.

A dress code policy ensures a standard of appearance is maintained in the workplace and ensures employees maintain expectations in their role. Policy in this regard ensures staff are aware of and adhere to the expectations of the workplace, projecting a professional image in their workplace.

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