What to Wear to Work -Best Office Dress Code Policies

Sep 30, 2019 Kayode Oseh

The ideology behind dress codes is something whose origin cannot be traced. From time past when human beings decided to embrace civilization and accept the concept of wearing clothes to cover nakedness, how to dress then became a puzzle. A puzzle that has not been fully resolved even in this our modern society. We all know that its nice to dress well and look good regardless of wherever we are going to. But how to go about our everyday dressing is something we still find difficult wrapping our heads around. We are currently living in a society governed by standards and protocols, a society where norms and values need to be followed if one is to fit into socially. 

Bellow are etiquette of dressing you need to know. They have been proved to meet up to standard when considering how to dress nice for work, business, board, and other professional meetings.

Business Formal


For Men:

.    A tailored one-, two-, but shouldn't exceed three-button suit in a solid, neutral color like black, gray, or navy.
.    Keep ties and other accessories cool in color and style.
   White, collared button-up shirts.
.    Shoes should be closed-toe oxfords in brown or black, not loafers.
.    Hair should be well-groomed. In general, short hair is most acceptable.

For Women:

   A well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown.
.    White button-ups with a collar.
.    Closed-toe heels in a neutral color such as black, grey, or brown.
   Tights, preferably in a dark color.
.    Conservative accessories – for instance, diamond studs rather than chandelier earrings.
   Well-groomed hair worn in a conservative cut, such as a bob or soft layers.
   Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
   Well-groomed, neutral nails that are either clear coated, or painted with a beige-toned polish. Don't let your nails look weird. You are not going for a party. 

Business Professional


For Men:

.    A one- or two-button suit. Suit colors should still be conservative, but you have more leeway with pattern – a conservative stripe or check, for instance.
   Pressed, lighter-colored dress pants worn with a sports jacket.
.    Conservative ties, but feel free to introduce colors and patterns. For example, you can feel free to wear a blue-striped, professional tie, but no novelty ties.
   High-end accessories, such as watches (preferably silver, gold, or white gold) and cuff links, if necessary.
   Shirts should be collared button-ups, but can be colored, as long as the color is fairly conservative. Blue, burgundy, or gray all work well.
.    Shoes should be conservatively colored oxfords or polished loafers in black or brown.
.    Hair and nails should be groomed, but check with HR on acceptable hairstyles.

For Women:

.    A suit or skirt, top, and jacket in a conservative neutral color, such as black, brown, or navy.
.    Collared button-up shirts that may be any solid color.
   Dark or nude-colored hosiery.
.    Closed-toe pumps in a neutral color such as black or brown.
   Larger, more noticeable jewelry – as long as it’s not distracting. Think along the lines of one statement necklace or a chunky watch. High quality is preferred.
.    Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
.    Well-groomed, neutral nails. May be clear coat or beige.
.    Hair should be neat and groomed, but check with HR on acceptable cuts and colors.

Business Casual


For Men:

.    Can wear colored, collared button-ups in any color. Conservative patterns such as checks or stripes are acceptable too, worn with or without a tie.
   Ties should still be conservative in pattern. Avoid novelty ties, and choose patterns like dots, stripes, or checks. Most colors are acceptable.
.    Pullovers and sweaters worn over collared shirt. Choose solid, striped, or another conservatively patterned sweater. Primary and jewel-toned colors are best.
.    Dressy slacks, such as black dress pants or pressed khakis in the summer, worn with or without a sports jacket.
   More casual accessories, such as a leather-band watch.
.    Shoes can be oxfords, loafers, or another comfortable yet dressy choice, in brown or black. Avoid sneakers.
.    May offer more leeway for hairstyles, allowing for longer hair (check with HR).
   Nails should be clean and short.

For Women:

.    Business separates, rather than a full suit – a skirt worn with a cardigan or jacket, for example.
   Colored shirts and blouses, rather than mandatory collared button-downs. Choose solid colors, or muted patterns like stripes or checks, and avoid low-cut shirts or bright patterns.
.    Slacks and khakis.
.    Larger jewelry, such as a stateme