Men still wear neck ties as a symbol of seriousness about the business. Heck, some men even fret about their neck tie knot cleavage! (You do know about knot cleavage don’t you? The little wrinkle under the knot of the tie.)
But blue jeans have definitely come into the workplace…especially for off-site meetings.
Your dad would never think to wear jeans to work, back in his day they probably called them dungarees …but now they are commonplace. In fact, if you’re NOT wearing jeans, you may be out of place.
Here are the unspoken rules about wearing jeans to off-site business meetings:
Jean Rules for men:
- They must come up to your physiological waist – not slung down on your hips or up to your navel.
- No rips or tears. A bit distressed is acceptable, so is fraying at the cuffs…but no holes.
- Darker blue is better.
- You must wear a belt.
- The jeans must not be too loose. They don’t have to be tight…but they can’t be baggy.
- The jeans should be expensive looking but not flashy. No elaborate stitching.
- The jeans should be smooth without being pressed.
If you follow these rules, you’ll fit in…but break one of them and you may be the topic of conversation around the water cooler…wait…water cooler? What is it now…the espresso machine…twitter? Whatever it is…it won’t be about your upcoming promotion.
[Are there other rules where you work? Let me know, post a comment below.]