I recently met with a young law consultant to check a capabilities for purchasing some land. Sure, it was Sunday and she was half my age, but I met her in a cafe she was wearing a simple tee shirt, and wearing a pair of baggy sweatpants and laceless Pumas. This was a little bit confusing – is this how my lawyer should dress? Just because she was holding a suitcase, it doesn’t mean one’s a professional.
So what’s the modern dress code, when you think about it? Does a woman need to wear a power pantsuit, a skirt with a fancy blazer or a suit jacket, or is it okay if you meet a lawyer wearing clean jeans? What’s the limits of “office appropriate” or “BizCazFri”? And we all know that these things apply for either a freelancer of a corporate drone.
First of all, no matter what’s the weather, don
’t wear flip-flops to work, unless maybe you’re a lifeguard. No matter whether they’re made of rich leather, or are brand names, no one wants to see your exposed feet making weird clappy sounds. If you really have to show your exposed feet during the summer, wear sandals.
Jeans for work are somewhat controversial – if you don’t have much contact with customers, maybe you can go with darker, more cut jeans, but in general jeans in the office are a pretty gray area. And leggings aren’t really considered pants – though they can work as tights in a pinch, matched with a mini skirt for extra modesty, especially in winter. Co-workers should not leer at you, and if they do it’s 100% their fault. Avoid wearing baggy sweatpants for work.
In a more formal setting, t-shirts are a no-no, especially with prints like leopard pattern or funny sentence. Even when hid under a jacket or a blazer, they reek of amateurishness. Wear a more formal buttoned up jacket or a blouse. And if you work from home, you should dress up – this is a mindset you should put yourself in.