Dress codes can be a tricky thing in offices where it isn’t immediately obvious what’s appropriate and what will get you a wee chat with the boss. Sure, if you’re a finance professional or a lawyer then it’s not a high wager bet that you’re going to be in a suit, or a variation of, but what of companies like ours? You know, those on-fleek trendy devils in digital agencies.
That got us thinking…we want to be professional, but not overly-formal, and casual without being mistaken for someone in the midst of a Netflix binge (onesie and popcorn crumbs for those wondering). Thus, we find ourselves in the ever descriptive “smart casual” category. And much like many people’s faces staring at those words on a party invitation and going “ahhh”(no Allianz jokes), we wanted to fill in our team on what we actually meant, without becoming dictators of fashion. Ultimately, we wanted a dress code that embodied who we are, so I thought to myself…it would be a crime not to rhyme right? Check it out;
The Definitive Guide to Dressing @ Reef Digital
Dressing at Reef is a simple task
But there’s a few requests that we must ask
Smart Casual is the code to which we adhere
So read below dear Reefer, there’s nothing to fear
A collared shirt for gents is sound
While a T-Shirt at meetings will render a frown
Clean and tidy shoes of dress,
is sure to colour us impressed
But battered sneakers, thongs and sandals
may have you looking a tad unhandled
For the ladies, it’s easy. Your choice is more vast
as someone deciding your clothing’s a thing of the past
we trust that your style and fashion’s on point
we only ask that no beachwear or thongs come into the joint
however dresses and skirts that are shorter in manner
may into the works throw a spanner
Hopefully now the message is clear
by keeping it classy, our clients we’ll endear
so onward dear Reefer, it’s time to display
all the things you learnt from this rhyme today.
Should you be seeking further clarity
please seek the words of the powers that be
for I’m a mere writer. not a purveyor of truth
I’m really only good at sounding like Dr. Seuss
It’s just a bit of fun, but we feel that’s really all that’s necessary, plus the promise of 20 lashes by cat-o-nine-tails for non-compliance acts as a reasonably strong deterrent. Just kidding… or am I?
We wanted to know, does your business have a dress code, either formally or informally? If so, post yours in the comments! Punishments for those who disobey also welcome.