An elegant man is always stylish, in every situation. How does that relate to particular professions? Continuing the series concerning the appropriate style for functions and positions, today we will deal with employees in various types of companies and corporations. We will check which rules apply, what is and what is not appropriate.
In the past, uniforms were “reserved” mainly for healthcare professionals working both in state and private medical facilities. “White Staff” were always wearing uniform clothes. Usually white or light pastel – blue, pink – with the company’s logo or a badge with the name of the hospital or outpatient clinic. When walking the corridors, it was obvious who was a guest and who was working there. Over time, however, this uniformization has increased, and has affected a whole range of customer service centres (mobile phones, cable TV networks, etc.), chain stores, large format stores, bars, restaurants and cafés. It has even reached public administration and post offices.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Dress code, imposing a code for a uniform, usually in the form of official branded shirts, sometimes also trousers or skirts, has a lot of advantages. First of all, of course, marketing and advertising. All employees wear the same clothes, proudly presenting their employer’s logo – that helps to remember the brand and leave positive feelings.
Official uniforms assist in maintaining a good style among all the employees. And due to the fact that this is about representative positions, where these people are the first contact with the company, their look is of key image significance.
Corporate clothes also help unify standards. Employers who set the preferred level of elegance for their staff, give a clear signal of expectations. And employees respect these rules, also in terms of those items of clothing that they can choose themselves. And here it is visible to the naked eye how the awareness of fashion and knowledge of its principles is growing.
Even in those places where a uniform means just a corporate shirt (usually in a trendy slim cut), men select excellent stylish trousers, mostly chinos with tight legs, good quality often leather shoes, and perfect accessories.
Uniformity vs style
Can we talk about a good classy style when standardizing the employee image to such a high extent? Of course, we can! An elegant man holding the position of a consultant in a customer service centre does not have to wear a top-notch suit with a pocket square. In this case, a white shirt with a logo is enough to appropriately represent the company. Well matched accessories combined with the imposed clothes are enough to earn customer confidence.
So, it is safe to say that the advantage of this global trend is beneficial for all. For employers who set these rules, for employees who follow them, and for recipients-customers who perceive the representatives of the companies and other facilities as trustworthy professionalism.