On Monday, the coffee chain announced its new dress code, which lets employees—dubbed “partners”—show off their style with brightly colored hair, ties, scarves and even fedoras.
Under the dress code, employees can wear shirts and pants (including shorts, jeans and skirts or dresses with tights) in a “range of subdued colors.”
Some of the things staff are now actively encouraged to wear include selvedge denim, saggy beanies and cuffed jeans. A neckerchief, worn any way in a fun colour. You are also allowed to wear visors and flatcaps. (It’s worth remembering that Starbucks is a predominantly indoor establishment.) It’s quite a step change given that, until recently, employees were limited to black or white shirts and khaki or black bottoms. They weren’t allowed to dye their hair weird colours, and they definitely weren’t allowed to wear fedoras. Happily, they can now do both, while continuing to call you – Jess – “Jeff”, despite having written it correctly the cup.