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Dress code

Dress code began to form in the 18th century in Europe. At first it was a list of requirements for the appearance of those present at official events, but it gained popularity and spread to many areas of life, including the business environment.


Each organization has its own rules of generally accepted behavior and clothing that is appropriate in one case or another. Corporate style distinguishes between formal and informal dress code. The first is mandatory for everyone who represents the company when communicating with the public. The second is allowed to employees who do not communicate with customers. The main purpose of the dress code is to create a businesslike working atmosphere.


Business ethics has developed a number of sub-styles: high business, formal business, regular business, “business casual”, Friday standard, dapper casual, sporty casual, yacht style, cocktail style, semi-business, “black tie”. For high receptions, there is a “white tie” style.


For women, formal style regulates the quantity and quality of clothing. Thus, she should have several trouser and skirt suits, which should be alternated. Skirts – only of medium length and not tapered. A white blouse is the best option for the top. Things must be of dark, calm colors. Discreet accessories are allowed. The shoes are dark, with a heel of no more than 8 centimeters with a closed sock. The presence of tights is necessary regardless of the season. Curls, loose hair, puffed up combes are taken out of the brackets of the formal style. Makeup is prescribed natural and manicure is French.

A formal or semi-formal style will be appropriate for a business event. Clothing should be strict and elegant. A classic suit of a pleasant color is suitable, on a blouse is acceptable jabot. Also welcomed a black dress just above the knee-length. Accessories – a pearl necklace and a clutch. Immediately say “no” to the deep cleavage, short skirts, tight clothing. A classic silhouette is the best solution for a formal style.


The formal dress code for men is more conservative than for women. As a rule, these are clothes for managers of different levels, including higher ones. A classic strict suit and boots are appropriate. It is prescribed that the suit must be sewn from the same fabric. If we talk about the usual business style, it allows a variety of fabrics, not to the detriment of quality. A sweater instead of a jacket is acceptable, and moccasins instead of shoes.