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John / May 1, 2009 8:58 AM

Extremely casual office, jeans and t-shirt or polo. The managers will chat with anyone about anything. It's actually fun to come to work most of the time.

L / May 1, 2009 9:14 AM

Extrememly causal, jeans, sneakers...doesn't really matter out here in the 'burbs.

michi / May 1, 2009 9:25 AM

People at the top of the chain wear suits daily. I just try not to look too much like a musician.

annie / May 1, 2009 10:50 AM

Professional during the week and we do have casual Friday as long as we aren't meeting anyone from the "outside". Did anyone see The Office last night? Yep, sometimes people take liberties and I think, we're not at the beach folks, cover up. The scene with Meredith bending over, I've witnessed that in real life. bad news.

Carrie / May 1, 2009 11:37 AM

super casual. I wear jeans pretty much every day, flip flops in the summer. People wear t-shirts all the time. Some departments are trying to make people wear jeans only on Friday, which I think is dumb. If you're not meeting with a client and spend all day in a cube, you should at least be comfortable, ya know?

Anon / May 1, 2009 11:42 AM

Not too long ago, it used to be hose and heels at all times because we work with/for people for whom appearance means a great deal, now it's loosened up considerably.But still, we only wear jeans when the boss isn't in the office.

Call it maturity or guilt, but I've felt the need to set an example and "dress for the job I want." I'm writing this while wearing Levi's, of course.

paul / May 1, 2009 1:59 PM

Let's just say my main workplace is 'clothes optional' (sorry for the terrible visual).

The school where I am an instructor has no dress code - but our day classes are typically slightly less casual than the night and Saturday classes - shorts are fine.

I'm often doing instruction onsite - and it seems to vary from agency to agency, but I dress to look like I know what I'm talking about - and am always overdressed. I guess the Sportcoat went out with the bag cellphone.

I think it's great that designers and web people are free to dress like they're going to Neo (or is that yet another 80's fashion reference gone away?)

James / May 1, 2009 2:14 PM

People in my office dress like they care most of the time. I deal with clients almost daily and prefer to look better than them, rather than have them criticize me for being unprofessional, or something. We have casual Fridays, but I refuse to wear jeans or sneakers, or even really acknowledge it.

Aside from our clothing, my area's pretty casual. I've said terribly inappropriate things that friends, especially those whose dress codes are more relaxed, say would've earned them a swift reprimand. That's a trade-off I'll take anyday.

maardvark / May 1, 2009 4:49 PM

I work at home. I can work naked if I feel like it.

Rich / May 2, 2009 9:49 AM

How casual is my workplace?

My boss has this thing he does where he will hold his fists in front of him and point his thumbs at himself and say, "Who has thumbs and likes big tits? This guy!!"

Yes, my boss.

With that, it's no problem if my shirt is not tucked in or if I drop the F-bomb every now and's all about closing deals baby.

jaime / May 2, 2009 11:18 AM

i work with kids, so my dress code is whatever i don't mind destroying.

fluffy / May 3, 2009 6:37 PM

In the summer, it's business casual. I hate dress codes.

annie- I can't believe that happened in your office. yuck.

sb / May 3, 2009 11:05 PM

shanghai. chicago. new york. london. la.

we're pretty chill, mostly work from wherever at whatever time makes the most sense. that is, on the culture part. on the work part it's pretty intense.

Shelly / May 4, 2009 12:41 PM

Miserable. Gotta wear a suit every day. The other morning they bring in some new hotshot from the downtown office. Tells us they've added a little something to this month's sales contest. First price? F*cking Cadillac Eldorado. Second prize? Lousy f*cking set of f*cking steak knives. Third're fired. God, I hate this f*cking place.

flange / May 4, 2009 4:29 PM

occasionally quixotic. mostly odd. denim is largely banned save for cleaning days and those who support one charity.

a while back our hr department distributed a 37-page document that explained the dress code. the pages with photographic examples of what women should not wear are still treasured by many.

Jasmine / May 4, 2009 4:53 PM

It is now officially business casual (whereas it was unofficial and dependent on department, amt. of client/management interaction, etc.), as dictated by new parent company.

Which means no more jeans except on Fridays. So I have some shopping to do. I'd be annoyed except, well, I love to shop.

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