Joggers, leggings, sweats? What to wear, what not to wear as you return to the office
July 21, 2021
No suit. No tie. No problem these days.
The casualization of office attire started before the pandemic, but COVID took it to a new level as many employees worked remotely.
Now as employees return to the workplace, business casual seems to be the predominant theme, but companies would be well-advised to remind employees of dress code expectations to avoid problems later on, experts say.
“My advice to employers is to be proactive,” says Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale. “Tell employees on a regular basis what you expect.”
During the summer, it’s okay to remind staff ‘we don’t want beachwear,’ she says. Many employers, including her own law firm, she says, have moved to business casual.
But even that could be open to interpretation if employers are not clear, says Moran, noting, “business casual has been redefined industry by industry.”
For example, business casual at a law firm isn’t ripped jeans and graphic T-shirts but could be dockers and golf shirt with a belt, she says.
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