By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
Next time you're feeling bummed out about your office's no-open-toe-shoes policy, remind yourself that things could be a lot worse: Your company could regulate everything from how much perfume you wear to the color of your skivvies (really!)...
A new set of guidelines just released by the Swiss bank UBS is a whopping 43 pages, according to the Wall Street Journal, and gives Dos and Don'ts that seem pretty preposterous to your average fashion blogger. Aside from the obvious "no short skirts" type of thing, the rules dictate the following:
- Women should not wear new shoes
- Employee underwear should be skin-toned and "always made of superior quality textiles."
- Women may wear no more than seven jewels, men no more than three
- Men are encouraged to wear watches, since they suggest "reliability and great care for punctuality."
- Suits have to be charcoal grey, black, or dark blue, and dress coats must always be buttoned when employees stand, and open when sitting
- Perfume should only be applied directly after showering
The dress code is currently being tested in a few UBS offices in Switzerland, and the bank hopes to eventually roll them out to all of their Swiss branches if they have success with the "pilot" project.
I'm all for professionalism, and I hate the thought of cleavage in the office or overly-aggressive fragrances, but this borders on downright invasive! What do you gals think? How strict is the dress code where you work? Do they enforce it pretty heavily, or do you have some flexibility? If you work in finance, do you understand why this kind of code is necessary? Or do you think people who have gotten far enough to work at a prestigious bank ought to already know this kind of stuff? What do you make of UBS's new rules? Discuss!
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