Can an employer specific what colour clothes and footwear you wear to work
redshoes2017 · 20/03/2021 15:31
I work in an office of 4 women and 1 man. There is no official dress code for the company it's just a given that you wear in smart office attire. We are not a customer faced office we speak with customers by phone only - not sure if that makes a difference to my question........ The general manager has said that smart office wear means dark colours only - blue/black/grey/brown...... footwear has to be black or white only....... is this reasonable to specify the colour of clothing and footwear? Not sure if I'm out of touch as it's been a while since I've worked in an office or this is plain weird , I would be interested to hear what others think .
D1sh0ftheweekend4 · 20/03/2021 15:39
The company that I work for has a dress shoe, hair, finger, tattoo & cleanliness code/policy with examples of how to dress
examples of what not to wear
I've noticed that some employees, probably "the favoured ones" get away with more relaxed rules
I have seen some strange work wear in other offices that are embarrassing, like skimpy tops on young women with string straps & belly bare
Also strange coloured hair
redshoes2017 · 20/03/2021 15:40
Thanks for the replies . Like I said no official policy to say what to wear, I think it's just the current general managers personal preference on colours that's behind the dark colours rule 🤦♀️ The footwear colours of only black or white as well seems strange 🤷♀️
ProfessorSlocombe · 20/03/2021 15:41
Generally not great for women.
D1sh0ftheweekend4 · 20/03/2021 15:46
Finger - it says something like, nails should be cut short & kept routinely clean
I can't remember if it specifies anything about colour if nail polish is worn
This policy extends to employees who are not office based as well, but out & about in a wide variety of job roles
ExcusesAndAccusations · 20/03/2021 15:58
I’ve worked in some pretty formal workplaces, including one where I fell foul of the “no extremes of fashion” clause due to teal nail varnish. But I’ve never worked anywhere where the two dresses attached would have been unacceptable.
That said, it’s not hugely unreasonable or difficult to achieve, so while you could potentially make a case that it has a disproportionate effect on women I personally wouldn’t think it’s worth the trouble of fighting.
GiveTheGirlAGun · 20/03/2021 16:11
I worked in an office 10 years ago where they had a problem with black long sleeve knee length dress teamed with pink tights and black dm boots. Weirdos.
It upset the director apparently. There was a regulatory inspection and I was pulled to ask I find a pair of black trousers. "They sell them in primark and newlook." Fuck that.
redshoes2017 · 20/03/2021 16:19
I'm not looking to Kick up a fuss at work Its just a pain having to make sure I put dark colours on each morning so I don't fall foul of the dark colour rule 🤣🤦♀️ Thankfully the majority of my footwear is black ! Having not worked in an office for nearly 20
Years I didn't know if this colour rule was what most offices had now .
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