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Shirt and tie
Shirt and tie

In school, a great paper topic was always rooted from the epic debate: should schools have dress codes/uniforms or should students be able to wear what they want? Well proposing that same question in the workplace might set up another great debate. In recent times, the dress code has come down from business professional to business casual (in a lot of cases). Some jobs including sales positions, major executives, and financial firms still keep that traditional look in the office. However, for many other occupations, the code has been loosened a notch or two in order to permit wearing khakis and a polo. Finally, there are plenty of companies that provide a uniform for everyone to wear to provide a sense of unity and allow their employees to stand out from the rest.

It has been said that wearing what one is comfortable in can increase the level of calmness and allows focus and enhanced performance. It has also been said that one should always dress for the part that he/she wants not for the job he/she has. With these conflicting ideas, it is difficult to determine what’s more important. Having liberties in the workplace allows for employees to get creative with their styles while still keeping within the dress code. Having restrictions takes away those liberties, but provides convenience and a professional theme throughout the whole office, not just those who choose it.

No matter which argument is favorable, companies would not have become so powerful if they didn’t go their own way with dressing. It doesn’t matter what the code is as long as some sort of code is in place for employees to follow. Following the code gracefully shows the employer respect and helps build for a stronger company. So whether you are dressed for success or dressed to kill, it doesn’t hurt to have some guidelines to follow.