Our interns always ask us, “What’s the dress code?” Our dress code at the office is business casual – which according to Wikipedia is not that well defined! We are probably on the more casual side of business casual. Here are some guidelines:
What to wear:
- Khakis, trousers, skirts, polos, button-down shirts, blouses, sweaters
- Dark or colored denim trousers
- Shorts and sandals are OK in the summer – we prefer to turn the thermostat up and save money on A/C!
What NOT to wear:
- Ripped or faded jeans
- Very short skirts or shorts
- Leggings – leggings are not pants! Leggings should be treated as footless tights and always paired with dresses or tunics.
- Camisoles/spaghetti straps – camisoles are not blouses!
- Flip-flops or sad beat-up sneakers
Anyone working on hardware should wear closed-toe shoes and tie back long hair, as in any lab space.
A side comment: my husband is a tech executive in New York, and he wears what I call the “tech uniform” to work every day: dark jeans from Banana Republic, button-down shirt, brown dress shoes, and a navy blazer. Now, guys in tech get away with this, but probably not lawyers! As PSS is solidly in the tech regime, we definitely take a more casual approach to “business casual”!