Corporate dress codes

After I was offered my new job I asked what kind of dress code they have, if any. I was told “business casual”, which I guess means what, polo shirts and stuff?

One of my interviewers was wearing a really loud Hawaiian shirt and jeans, and they mentioned that he was wearing some sports team jersey earlier that morning1. My future boss said that they’re really pretty casual and I mentioned that I’m used to just wearing whatever t-shirts and jeans or BDUs to work. He nodded and said, “Yeah, you know, business casual”. So I’m getting mixed messages here. Do they expect me to wear clothes that would commonly be considered business casual, or are t-shirts and such ok and they just consider that to be business casual? I hate corporate dress codes. This is one of the reasons I wanted to work for a smaller company this time around.

So, given what I learned in the interview, I did the only sensible thing: I went to Goodwill and bought a Hawaiian shirt to wear for my first day tomorrow. At least it’s a pretty subdued one, in shades of blue and grey. Nothing too obnoxious. I don’t own any polo shirts anyway; it’s pretty much either dress shirts or t-shirts with me. Or sweaters, but it’s about 40 degrees too warm for that right now.

It’s not really an issue though. While I was there, I saw a girl in the parking lot wearing old jeans and a hoodie, so I’m sure I can probably wear pretty much whatever I want once I get settled in.

For the past three days we’ve been making frozen drinks to combat the afternoon heat. Today’s special was blended from rum, coconut liqueur, kahlua, and a frozen banana. We’ve decided that mixers just waste the time of everyone involved and we’re better off without them.

1. I hope that means he changed into the Hawaiian shirt specifically for my interview.


talaitha says:

they always say business casual though
once, someone told me to dress business fetish. NOW WTF IS THAT
but i bet you bdus & tees will be fine