In my 15-plus-year career, I’ve worked in the following environments:
• Conservative accounting and consulting firm
• Conservative health care system.
• Small, boutique PR firm
• Mid-size media company
• Small not-for-profit
• Small, private, family-owned business
Each environment had a distinct dress code.
For instance, I frequently wore jeans with holes on non-client-facing days at the PR firm. At the accounting firm, a dress shirt and tie were standard fare. Meanwhile, khakis and a sweater were par for the course at the health care system.
As a solo consultant, my dress code depends on the day’s agenda.
On days when I’m meeting with clients, it’s usually a jacket and jeans or dress pants (or a suit on some occasions). On those days when I don’t meet with clients, it can be as casual as shorts and my Homer Simpson slippers. (Oh, you think I’m kidding?)