What to Wear to Work???
A Few Things to Consider:
1. What is the cultural climate of your
2. How does your supervisor dress?
3. What do well-respected employees wear?
4. Does your outfit look similar to what
others in your office are wearing?
5. Will you be working outside the office
today? If so, you may need to bring
clothing more suited to that activity.
There are 5 Levels of Dress
2. Business Casual
4. Business Professional
Casual dress clothing is usually untailored, with curved
lines, round shapes, soft fabrics, light/dark contrast,
unmatched, and collarless. This includes t-shirts,
walking-length shorts, jeans, and sneakers.
When is it appropriate? Some examples:
• 4-H Camp
• Clean up at county fairgrounds
• Agriculture field day or farm visit
T-shirts should be plain or promote
Extension (with the logo) or Extension
Jeans should be “nice” –
not faded, torn, or worn.
Flip-flops are never
appropriate while on
Business casual is the official dress code for Extension
offices. You may need to dress up if you have contact with
special clientele. Or bring a more casual change of
clothes if you will be participating in an outside activity.
Business casual clothing can be tailored or untailored, is
less structured than business clothing, uses soft fabrics,
light/dark contrast, is frequently collared. The look is
sometimes achieved by layering.
Business clothing is more tailored, more structured, uses
contrasting colors and soft or firm fabrics, is collared, and
uses ties and jackets or blazers.
Business professional clothing is tailored, structured, has
straight lines, is angular, has matching firm fabrics and
colors, and is fitted.
Dressy clothing is varies in style and description. Usually it
is fitted, made from high quality material, and is simplistic
• Clothing should be modest and
in good taste.
• Pay attention to what respected
• If you question whether what
you’re wearing is appropriate,
change your outfit.
• Your dress should reflect
positively on you and Extension.
Questions about Dress?
Ask your supervisor, District
Director, Program and Staff
Development or Human Resources.