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Dress code in offices

Post by Asdracles » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 5:06 am

I know each office can be different, but due to high temperatures and humidity there, is it usual that people in offices work with suit and tie?

Please, tell me not, tell me not :D

Still thinking what to port and what to buy there :)

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Post by lost_canuck » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 8:45 am

at my husbands work they were dress trousers and a shirt, and some wear ties, and some dress more casual.

Best advice is, find light cotton, cool blends of smart trousers and shirts, go to work dress smartly to begin with and then go with what they are wearing.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 9:13 am

It's always good to have at least one lightweight good quality worsted business suit. But for day to day office wear, no. Unless you are a Japanese businessman (it seems it's a national costume almost) that is. There is the occasional business seminar where networking is possible and there is is advisable for impression and networking purposes. When in doubt it's always better to be in a situation where you can take off the jacket to dress down.
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Post by bunty » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 9:30 am

It depends on which type of industry you are working in.

In banking, mostly backoffice staff do not need to wear tie....unless there is a official meeting or some important visitors.....

in front office. they have to wear tie and maybe suit since they interact with clients most of the time.....

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Post by guruvishwanath » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:04 am

The norm has always been a tie. But many companies have a soft rule, that states that if you are meeting customers, prospects or attending events, seminars, then do dress up at least with a nice tie. :-)

Despite the large presence of expatriates from many places, you will find suits are NOT the norm. But keeping a couple of blazers handy helps if you are going to meet senior management people. Its always appreciated when you are presentable and also shows that you respect the position and person by being appropriately attired.

My office practises the above. If there are no meetings, then we are allowed to wear short sleeved polo shirts and trousers (no jeans during weekdays). They must be collared. It makes it easy to determine if someone is having a client visit. :-)

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Post by huggybear » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:07 am

i'm surprised you are asking us and not your employer what is expected.

but

we have jeans day on friday at my work place.

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Post by huggybear » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:10 am

oh yea and i'm in "banking" front office. we wear shirt / pants every day. no suit no tie.

but again i would ask your employer and not us what is required at your work place.

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Post by Asdracles » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 9:28 pm

Thanks to everybody for your replies.

To huggybear: I just would like to know the usual rules before talking about the matter with employer. That's all. I would like to know if the code he ask me is the usual or not before telling agree/disagree.

Hope you can understand.

Thanks again!

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Post by frostfrench » Thu, 08 Feb 2007 10:06 am

i will think it all depends on which industry. For the still traditional industries (banking/finance/accounting...) shirts and tie are still popular. Industries like advertising, media and design, just shirts are acceptable. As one said here, always have a blazer around, in case there's a formal meeting with senoir management or important clients. 8-)

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 08 Feb 2007 11:40 am

I think ties are quite rare, coats even more so in most MNC's. I've worked in a number of MNC offices and have not seen a tie on the vast majority of the staff. Top bosses tend to wear ties, I wear ties to exec level meetings, otherwise, short or long sleeve shirts.

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Re: Thanks

Post by Allibert » Fri, 09 Feb 2007 8:02 am

Asdracles wrote:Thanks to everybody for your replies.

That's all. I would like to know if the code he ask me is the usual or not before telling agree/disagree.
To be honest, I don;t think you'll have much say in the dress code. Basically, what the employer says goes

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Post by huggybear » Fri, 09 Feb 2007 9:08 am

i agree whole heartedly. ask your employer. if it seems strange to you then ask on here if it's strange. otherwise singapore is like every other place on the planet. Some people are casual and wear jeans to the office, some people are formal and wear suits and others are "business casual" which is nice slacks or pants and button down shirt.

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