If you’re wearing open toed shoes to work, you should know that nearly half of your colleagues might think you look unprofessional. And even more people disapprove of your super high heels.
A new survey by Randstad US asked workers for their opinions on office wear and dress codes, and found that, despite a general preference for workplaces to allow casual wear, some things are considered too casual.
The survey found that:
- 73% of workers don’t think ripped jeans are appropriate for work, even in a business casual setting.
- 56% feel the same about leggings (presumably as a substitute for pants, rather than under a skirt).
- 50% of respondents say that heels higher than three inches look “unprofessional.”
- 40% say the same about open-toed shoes of any kind.
- 30% of 25-35-year-olds have been asked to dress more professionally by HR or their manager.
- 28% say someone else’s clothing at work has made them feel “uncomfortable” because it was too revealing.
The survey also found that employers with a formal workwear policy might want to take another look at their rulebook. A full third of respondents – 33% – would quit or turn down a job that required them to follow a conservative dress code. On the other hand, most people prefer a dressed up job interview. Sixty five per cent said it’s important to wear a suit for the interview, regardless of how formal the company’s workplace actually is. Forty-two per cent even think it’s worth being 20 minutes late not to show up looking disheveled or underdressed.
Amusingly, half (50%) of respondents say they will wear business attire from the waist up and casual clothing from the waist down for a video interview.
How many offices have a casual dress code? Seventy-nine per cent of respondents said their current employers’ dress code policy is either business casual (26%), casual (33%) or non-existent/no dress code at all (20%).
More findings include:
- 74% of men surveyed own a suit, compared to 45% of women.
- 63% workers aged 18-35 say they like dressing up for work because it boosts their confidence and performance.
- A smaller number of workers (51%) aged 35-64 agree.
- 40% of millennials would rather spill coffee on themselves before a big meeting than show up wearing the same outfit as their boss.