Sample Memorandum On Business Casual Dress Policy


This sample policy is provided by the California Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Management of an Accounting Practice State Committee.
The committee does not endorse the policy but provides it as guidance to help members formulate their own.
Sample Memorandum On Business Casual Dress Policy
All Personnel
Business Casual Wear
The firm prides itself on the professional atmosphere it maintains and the positive image that employees present as
representatives of the firm. This image is affected by the manner of dress we use within our offices, in the offices of
our clients, and in public when we are representing the firm. We currently have a dress practice allowing more
casual clothes to be worn on Fridays during the non-busy seasons (casual Fridays). We are always searching for
new ways to make our firm a better place to work. Offering everyone the opportunity to dress in business casual
during the entire week wear offers a great way for employees to be more comfortable and to save money.
We need to continue to present a professional image toward clients and the public. It is important that employees
use their best judgment in dressing appropriately. Employees who prefer to dress more formally should feel free to
do so. Casual business wear encompasses many looks but it really means casual clothing that is appropriate for a
professional office environment. It is clothing that allows you to be comfortable at work yet always look neat and
professional. We ask that you consider each day’s activities when determining what to wear (i.e., will you be
meeting with a client in our office or at their office site; will you be attending a business luncheon, etc.).
Listed below is an overview of acceptable business casual wear, as well as a list of some of the more common items
that are not appropriate for our office environment. Obviously, this list is not intended to be all-inclusive. Rather,
these items should help set the general parameters for proper business casual wear and allow you to make
intelligent judgments about items that are not specifically addressed. A good rule of thumb is that if you are not sure
if something is acceptable, choose something else or inquire first. Also, it is generally better to be overdressed than
underdressed. The shareholder/manager of a firm client should be consulted if questions arise regarding the
appropriate attire at their office site.
Slacks/pants – Wool and cotton slacks are acceptable, provided they are clean and wrinkle free.
Inappropriate items include jeans, sweat pants, shorts, bib overalls, spandex and other form-fitting pants,
and pants that are excessively worn or faded. Loose fitting stirrup pants accompanied by a long top or
jacket are acceptable.
Shirts – Casual shirts with collars (for men), polo shirts, sweaters, and turtlenecks are acceptable. Avoid
tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, halter tops, shirts with large lettering or logos, and any tops with bare
shoulders unless worn under another blouse or jacket. Avoid clothes that are distracting and revealing.
Dresses/skirts – Casual dresses and skirts with modest hemlines are acceptable.
Dresses that are
sleeveless but do not leave the shoulders bare are acceptable. Mini-skirts and spaghetti strap dresses are
considered inappropriate.
Footwear – Items such as loafers, boots, flats, and leather casual shoes are acceptable. Athletic shoes,
sneakers, thongs, sandals, and slippers are considered unacceptable.
Personal Hygiene – Maintaining well-kept hair, good personal hygiene, and general neat grooming is
expected. Cologne and perfume should not be used in excess.
Accessories – Jewelry tends to work best when it is simple and classic. Also, shoes, belts, and socks in
complementing colors are necessary for completing a professional look.
Let’s all work together to make the flexibility of business casual wear a positive experience. If you have any
questions on the above information, please discuss with (Insert Name of Person Sending Memo) or your supervisor.


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