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Our company has a vague dress code. It has no listing of inappropriate apparel, but only a statement that attire is supposed to be casual yet appropriate for business. I have been told twice that my clothing is not appropriate, but I thought it was okay. If there are certain items that the company does not want the employees to wear, why not spell them out in the dress code policy?

There are all sorts of dress codes that are in style today, and they range from general statements to laundry lists of inappropriate items. It is apparent that your company has opted for the more casual design, but this is not a random decision.

There are actually some advantages to your company’s approach. In the first place, when companies opt for a list of inappropriate items, some items may be inadvertently omitted, while other new items can hit the marketplace and workplace after the policy has been distributed. Naturally, it can be updated at any time by management, but this can be an administrative hassle. One way that companies work around this problem is to preface the listing by saying, “…including but not limited to the following items.”

Another reason for the general statement is that it treats employees as adults who do not need every unacceptable piece of clothing spelled out for them. At this point, if you want to get a clear idea of appropriate apparel for your company, one appropriate step is to look around.

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