Dress Code at the Office?

over 7 years ago from , Creative Director / Product Designer

I'm just curious, what do you wear to work?

In my experience, most design agencies I've worked at have been pretty casual. Some are even too casual, in my opinion. Others require "business casual" dress.

Where do you fall?


  • Carlos GavinaCarlos Gavina, over 7 years ago

    Boxer shorts.

    I work at home.

    24 points
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, over 7 years ago

    At my office, you can get pretty casual if you're a designer, developer or support. If you're some type of sales or biz dev, more dressy casual is expected.

    Since we're in Seattle, this is the standard dress code: Imgur

    12 points
  • Noe AraujoNoe Araujo, over 7 years ago

    Normcore LOL

    12 points
  • Joe BarberJoe Barber, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I'm not sure where I'd put this on the Casual <-> Formal Specturm..... bunnysuit

    9 points
  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

    My normal 'woodsman/biker/rockstar-living-in-the-city-but-can't-grow-a-beard-so-look-like-a-13-year-old-dressed-as-a-hipster-for-halloween' attire on most days, but kick it up a notch to 'I-know-what-I'm-talking-about' if we have client meetings.

    8 points
  • Eric HuEric Hu, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Previous job:

    Previous job

    Current job:

    Same but without internet snapback.

    4 points
  • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Not at Digital Telepathy. Come work with us!

    Image alt

    3 points
    • Shawn LeslieShawn Leslie, over 7 years ago

      Don't worry guys. I'm sitting near Cody and I can assure you he does have pants on.

      Back to the question at hand: I came from a shirt and tie career before becoming a full-time designer. A casual dress code is tremendously valuable, IMO. I think you just don't realize how much so until you've had to "dress up" for work. If I could sum up our dress code here at DT, it's "just dress like and be who you are."

      4 points
    • Chris CChris C, over 7 years ago

      Hahah at least tell me that the concrete is cool to the touch.

      And I wish!

      0 points
  • Luke JonesLuke Jones, over 7 years ago

    We’re treated like adults. Wear what you want, but don’t take the mick... I usually wear a nice t-shirt and jeans/chinos, with trainers, chelsea boots, desert boots, whatever... but other people wear hoodies.

    When I first started here, I asked the MD what to wear to a meeting and he said ‘you’re a designer, wear whatever you want’.

    3 points
  • Ricardo MagalhãesRicardo Magalhães, over 7 years ago

    Casual all the way. In fact, having to worry about a dress code is a big no-no for me when even applying for a company. It's either casual or no way José!

    3 points
  • Pablo StanleyPablo Stanley, over 7 years ago

    Business casual. Uniqlo + H&M + Top Man + Happy socks.

    3 points
  • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, over 7 years ago

    Our dress code is : Try not to look like a bum.

    2 points
  • Jeremy Wells, over 7 years ago

    I once heard of someone that was told to dress "creative" at the office. I thought that was hilarious. As if there was some sort of dress code for "creative people". If there is, then I apparently am unaware of it.

    2 points
    • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, over 7 years ago

      It's a funny thing. While I can't describe this expectation with the right words, it's along the lines of:

      You are a designer, you should dress well, but not the way we dress well.

      1 point
  • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, over 7 years ago

    Dressing gown. Sometimes with underwear on, summertime I'll often go without.

    2 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 7 years ago

    this thread got bro-y quick.

    1 point
  • Johnny LamJohnny Lam, over 7 years ago

    Dress code here at the University I work at is business casual. I usually wear polos, button-up t-shirts (long/short), dress pants and sometimes jeans. We also all participate in casual fridays.

    However, we aren't allowed to wear any type of shorts or sandals. I sometimes just wear plain t-shirts and get away with it.

    1 point
  • Chris PorterChris Porter, over 7 years ago

    Levi's, white/black tee, matching watch and matching tennis shoes or boots. Sometimes I have to wear a jacket because its 75-80 degrees outside in LA, but three degrees in the office.

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 7 years ago

    Generally it's designer denim, driving loafers or sneakers and an untucked dress shirt. BUT... when it's 90+ out (like today), my "I don't give a fk" side kicks in and I'll rock flip-flops and nice shorts with that untucked dress shirt. I'm such a rebel...

    0 points
  • Chad EngleChad Engle, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    We have 0 dress code at BoomTown. More or less, anything goes. We embrace people working out, being active etc. so people will have on gym clothes coming to or from the gym but, eventually shower and change back into something casual.

    Sometimes we have clients in-house and those meeting with the clients usually wear some for of business casual, other than that, it's a very relaxed atmosphere.

    T-shirts, shorts, flops are pretty normal. Here's an example of a few of us matching one day...


    0 points
  • Alvaro NistalAlvaro Nistal, over 7 years ago

    Is this going to become /r/malefashionadvice?

    0 points
  • Luke MurphyLuke Murphy, over 7 years ago

    My old agency started as business casual, but myself and a few others quickly veered that towards casual. To be honest, I think a lot of that came down to the fact that we all cared about what we looked like, so even if we were in tees, jeans and trainers, we were still presentable enough if a client came into the office. In fact, I once turned up to a meeting 'too smart' and my MD told me that our clients often expected us to dress down because we were 'creatives'.

    My favourite was turning up to my first day at Microsoft. I'd worked with them as clients for years, so knew they were quite laid back. I was in jeans and a tee, and the dude in a suit sitting next to me looked me up and down and asked our induction leader whether there was a dress code. Made me feel special :)

    0 points
  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, over 7 years ago

    Sneakers. Pants. Something.

    0 points
  • Charles LamCharles Lam, over 7 years ago

    Jorts and Tods.

    0 points
  • Owais FarooqiOwais Farooqi, over 7 years ago

    I wear 3 piece suit when I have meetings in office t-shirt and jeans.

    0 points
  • Elliott PayneElliott Payne, over 7 years ago

    I'm a year-round biker in Minnesota. When I first started at the agency, I would wear Levi's & button downs (typically more casual ones) on any normal day. If I was in client meetings it would be jeans and nice button down with a tie & sport coat.

    But biking wears Levi's out at an accelerated rate. Once I wore through all those jeans, I started replacing them with higher end bike specific stuff (rapha, outlier, etc.) which have been holding up much better. I feel like I'm a scrub, but I'm probably put together decent enough for no one to notice.

    0 points
  • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, over 7 years ago

    I'm curious what you would call "too casual". People wear pretty much whatever they want to work. I'm almost always in a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Comfortable workers are happy workers.

    0 points
  • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, over 7 years ago

    jeans and Ugmonk.com tshirts

    0 points
  • Chris CChris C, over 7 years ago

    Where I'm at it was wear whatever you like for a while and now it's all "put your order in for shirts to get embroidered with the logo - we're 'growing up' as a company'" ...I've yet to follow suit because the shirts they are getting embroidered are a lot worse as far as quality goes. I mean, I used to wear those same shirts years and years ago when I worked at PetSmart as a teen. No thanks, I'll stick with my Express, ASOS, and H&M shirts.

    0 points
  • Patrick SerranoPatrick Serrano, over 7 years ago

    Jeans and a button down nearly everyday, but I'm typically the most "dressed up" in my office.

    0 points
  • Robert PaigeRobert Paige, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Depending on my mood.


    0 points
  • Jessica PhanJessica Phan, over 7 years ago

    Working in the Silicon Valley, I honestly forgot the difference between casual, business casual and business.

    0 points
  • Bruno LazzaroBruno Lazzaro, over 7 years ago

    Pretty casual clothing.

    I normally wear streetwear (Nike, Adidas, jeans, 5-panels). On summer i usually wear jean shorts.

    As long you don't dress improperly or if you look dirty/like a bum it's ok. Unless you have a client meeting, then you need to step up the game.

    0 points
  • Nick MNick M, over 7 years ago

    Currently wearing a polo shirt, shorts, and flipflops. When it cools in the fall, it'll be back to buttondowns, jeans, and assorted sneakers.

    Left a gig earlier this year that was pushing the "slacks and a dress shirt" culture subtly down our throats. Ain't nobody got time for that.

    0 points
  • Casey BrittCasey Britt, over 7 years ago

    I'm currently wearing cut off jean shorts and a t-shirt. There is no dress code that I'm aware of here. There isn't really a need until someone comes in wearing something blatantly inappropriate.

    0 points
  • pjotr .pjotr ., over 7 years ago

    Pretty much whatever I want now that I work remotely. At my previous place it was anything but shorts because who wants to see some other dudes hairy legs? #amirite

    0 points
  • Kyle MitchellKyle Mitchell, over 7 years ago

    here at Hill Holliday, my typical wear is to jeans and a button down, but really anything goes as long as you aren't in Account. On days where I have to see the client, it doesn't really change. A VP told me once, just remember, we're the Ad Agency, we should look cooler than them.

    I'm down with that.

    0 points
  • James Caruso, over 7 years ago

    Human form optional.

    0 points
  • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 7 years ago

    For a while I was full into wearing suits every day (because it's a nice contrast against everyone being super informal at startups); that got old pretty quickly though. Pretty much a plain t-shirt & jeans/shorts every day =/

    0 points
  • Nick TassoneNick Tassone, over 7 years ago

    I usually wear some kind of pants or shorts and like a shirt with sleeves. Sometimes a hat, sometimes shoes with no socks.

    Usually a watch, sometimes a belt.

    0 points
  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 7 years ago

    Personally, I like to dress different. So in Silicon valley, thats dressing up business casual. haha

    0 points
  • affy .affy ., over 7 years ago

    anything is ok if i show up there. don't matter i am in my night dress or just wearing towel

    0 points
  • Todd BenningsTodd Bennings, over 7 years ago

    For me, it depends on what I have to do that day and how much time I have in the morning. On my most relaxed day, I'll show up with shorts + shirt + sneakers. On my most ambitious day, I'll wear jeans/chinos + button down + sneakers + blazer/cardigan (unless its hot).

    I love sneakers, so I'm usually catering to my favorite pair at the time.

    The biggest pet peeve with casual environments are flip flops and ill fitting clothes. Whatever you wear should be right for both you and the environment around you. It's not a big request for people to dress nicely at the place where you make money.

    0 points
  • Yotam Ben DrorYotam Ben Dror, over 7 years ago

    I love to dress to work!! sometimes i get a chance to view my blindfold cloth collection and wear one of them to work!! i fall a lot but people help me Cmd + Zing

    no matter what action you will take, if it will increase your creativity and when you do it, it doesn't harm anyone around you, it should be a subject for creative and career prosperity, and it's defiantly should be your boss' ambition. let's start from being yourself at the place you go to almost everyday in your near future.

    0 points
  • Ean MoodyEan Moody, over 7 years ago

    Casual but neat. Lots of T-shirts, jeans, polo shirts for the guys. Casual blouses and T-shirts and skirts or jeans for ladies. Hoodies and jackets are popular in the winter. Shorts and sundresses abound in the summer. Flip flops are acceptable.

    0 points
  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, over 7 years ago

    There is not code at these offices, but I wear depending on what I am doing that afternoon. Today dark blue jeans, and white t-shirt.

    0 points
  • Brennan Smith, over 7 years ago

    flops, t's and shorts. Summer is brutal here.

    0 points
  • Julie RobertsJulie Roberts, over 7 years ago

    "snappy casual" - usually.

    I'm in house with occasional video chatting with remote workers. Our office is shared with a firm that does a lot of client facing work, so while I don't dress as well as they do every day, it keeps the general atmosphere somewhat professional (and I dress up on video chat days primarily for self confidence). We technically have a dress code, but since most of us aren't client facing, it isn't strictly enforced.

    0 points
  • Benjamin Mikiten, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    My office is like a walking j crew catalog. People wear the same thing so often, we have a running 'twinsies' joke on the company blog.

    Our Unofficial Uniform:

    J Crew button down (preferably plaid)

    Levi's 511s

    Converse preferably Jack Purcells

    That said, the further away you are from client contact, the less dressed up people are. T-Shirts and flip-flops seem to be the bottom end of the spectrum, though one of our partners is known to walk around barefoot.

    0 points
  • Clarence JohnsonClarence Johnson, over 7 years ago

    The dress code at my job is pretty laid back. Most people wear jeans and either a t-shirt or button down. This mostly depends on what season it is and how the weather is outside.

    They only ask people to look presentable, and to not wear sweats or look like you just rolled out of bed 5 minutes ago which is understandable. Clients walk around the office all the time.

    0 points
  • Aaron Lee, over 7 years ago

    It all depends on the situation. If it's just me, my computer and the regular people at the office then I'll dress however I want to that day. I always dress a little nicer if I'm meeting with clients.

    0 points