Nowadays, there is an increasing number of jobs that have started to embrace a casual dress code, where employees are not required to turn up at work in a suit and tie, or in a pencil skirt and heels. This is particularly the case in gaming industries, digital marketing agencies and software developer companies. In a way, this is good because it helps employees focus more on their work rather than their attire, and it also goes without saying that a pair of jeans and t-shirt is always more comfortable than sitting all day in a tight outfit.
However, there are still many jobs that will always require employees to dress up everyday, with some even having uniforms, and to be fair, it makes sense. I mean, can you imagine walking into a bank or getting on a plane with the staff dressed in casual jeans and a t-shirt? As uncomfortable as it might be, sometimes it is important that formal wear is enforced in certain workplaces and it is hard to imagine that this will change anytime in the future, if ever. Here are just some examples:
Lawyer or Attorney
Good taste and a little common sense go a long way here. There’s no arguing that lawyers and attorneys have to be at all times even when meeting clients in private. In no world, would you expect to see a female lawyer or attorney wearing tight, sheer and low-cut clothing of any style. And as for men, you definitely would not expect them to turn up in casual sweatshirts or t-shirts, and a pair of sneakers. In fact, even in this line of profession, men are often expected to wear a suit.
In the legal industry, image matters a lot, especially since it is one very important way of earning respect both from your clients and in court. The way you present yourself plays a big part in building a good reputation, and conveying a professional image of yourself will also help you gain people’s trust.
Live Casino Dealer
If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a casino then you know very well what the dress code looks like. Even the guests flaunt their best outfits, let alone the staff, particularly the casino dealers. But if that weren’t enough, dealers or croupiers working at live casinos are expected to look smart in front of the cameras at all times, which in retrospect, puts even more pressure on the dealer since they are essentially staring at the screen for hours sometimes, instead of engaging with people in the flesh.
A smart and polished appearance is a must to attract players and keep them energised. A dealer’s appearance is the first thing the players will study and criticize, and no amount of good customer service skills can change their perception if their dealer’s appearance is not up to standard.
Real Estate Agent
When your job requires you to meet up with people face-to-face and try to sell them something, looking smart and sharply-dressed is non-negotiable. With realty being one of the most profitable and competitive markets in the world, there is no denying that a good first impression always scores some extra points. Your appearance and attire is the first thing your clients will see, and often times it will be enough to make the decision on whether to continue working with you or not. If you turn up in a shabby-looking car and looking scruffy, chances are that you will not go down in their good books.
Whilst you might find certain realtors who sport jeans and a shirt, in most cases this is either due the type of weather that is home to a particular location. For instance, if you were a realtor in Hawaii, selling houses in shorts and dresses would be socially acceptable. But if we were talking about selling property in cities like New York, there is no arguing that a professional agent will cut no corners especially if the property in question is an expensive one.
News anchors should also put their best foot forward in appearance, especially since they are broadcasted around the world. In fact, there have been several fashion faux-pas in television history that are still being circulated to this very day. So, unless you want to become famous for the wrong reasons, like this one Australian broadcaster, being mindful of what to wear in front of the camera is a must. This means that for the women, there’s no spaghetti straps, strapless tops or tacky colours. And for the men, anything less than a suit and tie is considered unprofessional.