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Dress code or the written rule of clothing varies significantly in different society and in different cultures and it bears important social significance. The dress code expresses a message given by one´s clothing the way it is worn.

Try to fill in at least 5 markers into the sentence below:

Some of the greatest markers it signifies can be 1)_____, 2)_____, 3)_____, 4)_____, 5)_____, 6)_____ and _____ and so on.

Read the following paragraph

and find expressions that mean the following:

Suited for everyday wear or use; informal   1)__­­__
To displace and substitute for (another)    2)____
Clothing or array    3)____
A knitted cotton short-sleeved shirt with a collar 4)____and three-button opening at the neck
Obligatory     5)____

Talking about business environment, there can be identified several types of dress codes from street wear casual, business casual, smart casual towards business formal from which business casual is the most frequent one. But the definition of the business casual differs widely among companies.

Business casual has more or less supplanted formal attire wear which includes suits and neckties. Also, jeans are sometimes acceptable at work, for example in academic, research and office settings, where they are usually worn with a polo shirt or a dress shirt. On the other hand banking world still sticks to the formal dress code and formal clothes are frequently required. Generally, business casual can be defined as something between formal wear and casual wear.

Read the dress code for women and fill in the vocabulary from the box:

box: stockings, sweater set, skirt, dress, heels, trousers, top, flats, dress shirt, pantyhose

text: Women should wear a reasonably long 1)......... which is of knee-length or 2)................ combined with a 3)........... such as a 4).............., polo, or 5)................. An informal knee-long 6)................. is also a good alternative. If women work in a business formal environment, they should wear conservative colours such as black, navy, dark gray and earth tones. The choice of 7)............ or 8)............ is up to them but 9)............ or 10)............ are required so as not to expose bare legs.

Read the dress code for men and fill in the missing vocabulary:

vocabulary: shirt, trousers, belt, shoes, blazer, jacket, blazers, pants, suits, tie

text: Men can wear a collared 1)____, cotton khakis, blue, green, brown or black 2)____ with a 3)____ and modest 4)____. They can also put on a 5)____ or a business 6)____. If men work in a company where business formal is required they should wear business 7)____, however, 8)____ with business slacks or nice 9)____ are also accepted but a 10)____ is a must.

Among inappropriate clothes is definitely gym clothes, ripped or rumpled clothing, miniskirts, inappropriately revealing attire such as bare midriffs or flip-flops. Sometimes in certain companies it is not appropriate to wear open-toed shoes and shorts. You should also avoid offensive T-shirts or distracting jewellery. Head wear is not permitted as well unless it is for religious significance.

Decide whether these statements are true or false

TRUE/FALSE Men can wear shorts at work.
TRUE/FALSE Flip-flops are special kinds of shoes.
TRUE/FALSE Pants is the synonym for trousers.
TRUE/FALSE Women should not wear skirts longer than to their knees.

Employees should take into consideration that the right of the employer is that they may discipline inappropriate dress code of their employees. Employers can also establish an office or dress code policy that requires work uniforms to be worn at work as one of the conditions of employment and the employees may be required to pay for these.

Concerning clothing and dress code, a new type of discrimination appeared. It involves dress-code enforcement that ultimately punishes women or men for not being "feminine” or "masculine” enough based on gender stereotypes.

In some companies there can be also the policy of casual Fridays when employees can either wear what they wish or for example certain types of clothes such as jeans are allowed.

Always you should make sure that you learn the rules of the dress code in your company and that you understand them properly since there is not general policy what to and what not to wear at work and it also depends on the profession you do. On the other hand business casual is accepted in the majority of companies unless you have to wear uniforms but there are nuances in the rules so make sure that you wear what is accepted in your company.

Test your knowledge HERE

Correct answers

Try to fill... 1) gender, 2) income, 3) ocoupation, 4) social class, 5) political, 6) ethnic and religious affiliation or attitude

Read the following paragraph... 1) casual, 2) supplant, 3) attire, 4) polo shirt, 5) required

Read the dress code for women.... 1) skirt, 2) trousers, 3) top, 4) dress shirt, 5) sweater set, 6) dress, 7) heels, 8) flats, 9) pantyhose, 10) stockings 

Read the dress code for men... 1) shirt, 2) trousers, 3) belt, 4) shoes, 5) blazer, 6) jacket, 7) suits, 8) blazers, 9) pants, 10) tie

Decide whether... F, T, T, F

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