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Nathan Tamez
Nathan Tamez

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What do you wear to work?

The company I worked for before starting university have a casual/smart casual dress code; shorts, jeans, hoodies, and t-shirts. that sort of thing. which was good as that summer we were hit by a heatwave and the office had no air con. but when I went for the interview I did feel awkward as I was wearing a suit.
I was just wanted to ask the DEV community about there experiences with different companies dress codes.

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Matteo Joliveau

No dress code, I wear the same I always wear.
Black jeans, black T-shirt with some kind of snarky quote, movie graphic or just a cool design, black sweater and black Converse.

I'm starting to see a pattern here...

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Andre Vasconcelos

I'm currently wearing:

  • Black converse shoes
  • Black jeans
  • Dark gray Github shirt

I think we may be spotting a trend here

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Matteo Joliveau

Can we establish some kind of "developer alliance standard uniform"? 😂

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Nathan Tamez

I know, right. 😂

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velascarves6

As a Muslim, I love to wear an abaya. In Islamic culture, the abaya dress is regarded as one of the essential pieces of women's apparel. It is a lovely, beautiful Islamic outfit with the original essence of upholding Islam's dignity. Abaya is a loose-fitting robe worn over the body to conceal all the body except the face, hands, and feet. Women must wear this Islamic clothing when they leave their houses.

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Vincent Grovestine • Edited

The dress code at my workplace is basically "use your common sense"--aka just don't come to work naked (or smelly)!

T-shirt, jeans and sneakers comprise my day-to-day wear. I'll swap the t-shirt for a collared button-up shirt and sneakers for casual shoes if I have to meet with upper management or other important folk.

Generally, no one here bats an eye about what people choose to wear to work. Heck, I'm 40+ and the majority of my t-shirts are not just understated and plain, but full graphic tees from The Mountain and bygone Disney World vacations! :)

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Nathan Tamez

I think most tech companies understand that people perform better when comfortable. I should probably get some smart looking shoes if I want to work freelance, to be honest, currently wear vans. I was great reading your comment, thanks.

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Pandita

no dress code here! Right now it's summer sooo, I'm currently wearing a panda stamped t-shirt, light faded blue skinny jeans, opalite earrings with gold touches (they're my fave!) and and grey vans like shoes from steve madden that are super worn out cause they're mega comfy (which is what the sales lady told me, so I can recommend them).

When I'm cold I use a jacket that is a gift I received from the receptionists at my first internship :D

Coding comfy is really nice ~

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Nathan Tamez

I like being comfy when coding as well, but too comfy then I risk doing no work. Thanks for sharing

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Sumit Roy

There's no such dress code. Even the upper management wear t-shirt and jeans. It seems they are easily approachable since they are not looking too formal. That's very important for productivity I think.

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Michael Tharrington

I'm working from home so I do tend to lean toward the casual side, BUT, I definitely make a point to get out of my PJs and into some normal clothes everyday... even if my normal clothes include cotton shorts with a draw string, haha! 😀

It's good to get into the mindset of work versus non-work and I can see how clothes might help some folks get into that mode. But, I'm so happy we don't have a dress code. I mean I'd be pretty bummed if I had to wear a suit while working from home. Kidding... 😝

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Nathan Tamez

I agree its essential switch your mindset to work from non-work, allows for complete focus and concentration. I tend to get distracted if I study or work from home, so take full use of my university's 24/7 library. Haha. Thanks for the input.

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lbonanomi

Black carpenter jeans and black or gray "workwear" shirts.

I think this allows for a neater appearance than a tshirt without being in-your-face formal. The clothes are cheap, forgiving of wrinkles from sitting all day and don't show intraday stains so much.

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Nathan Tamez

I completely understand, a bit more of a professional look to industry outsiders.

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Aidan Walters-Williams

I'll quite often wear a button-up, jeans (usually skinny), and either trainers or boots. If I'm meeting with a client I'll usually throw on a business suit. Occasionally if it's hot I'll wear a t-shirt instead of the button-up.

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Gualtiero Frigerio

I've never been asked to wear a suite in my career, I wore them only during interviews. I've never worked for a bank or an insurance company though, sometimes if you consult for them you're asked to wear office attire.
I remember having to wear a lab coat back in the days when I worked for Nokia and Alcatel, I looked like a doctor :D

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Nathan Tamez

That’s cool, being the scientist part of computer science.

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Rey - MissCypher

Well, we've got no actual dress code aswell. When I started here I just got told to "keep my political view" to myself, so no merchandise of any political group. Besides that.. nothing. My best friend (also a colleague of mine) and I usually run around as we do outside of work. Black shoes, jeans and some Band-Merchandise (even some kinda special artworks like Rammstein, Slipknot or Chelsea Grin). We also have some co-workers, who wear actual suits, because they have to work with our companies' bosses sometimes, but most of us are just like I said before. Some non-politics shirt or hoodie, jeans or shorts and comfy shoes.

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Riccardo Bernardini

I am not really a programmer (I do research in DSP in university). Also in my place there is not a dress code, but I actually like to wear a tie and a jacket. The only exception is in deep summer when it is too hot for that.

I began wearing a tie more than 30 year ago, when i was 18 (really!) after watching "the blues brothers." I borrowed ties and jackets from my dad and... I liked as I looked.

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Nathan Tamez

Cool, Thanks for sharing. It doesn’t matter that your not a programmer.

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Attilio Urbani

Currently i work for a startup and we've no dress code. But i love to wear development, my current stack related, shirts and hoodies (js, nodejs, angular, ...) used to buy here redbubble.com.

In my past experiences i had to pay more attention to what i was wearing (more elegant pants, shoes, ..) because i worked as consultant and i had to work directly with customers too. I think wearing what you want it's another good point for startups :D

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Rémi Mercier

When I looked for my first dev job a few months ago, I wore mended gray jeans, a denim shirt (mended too) and a blue chinchilla with pink paint stains (my kids' fault 😁).

Mostly, nobody even bothered to look at my clothes twice. We were here to discuss my bringing value to the company. Not auditioning for a catwalk. And since I was still looking clean and dapper (yes, this is possible, even with a chinchilla), all went well.

Of course, I felt in a couple of interviews that my style wasn't really appreciated by people wearing this casual-yet-really-expensive look that you find in Paris (people are putting a LOT of effort in the effortless chic). But 🤷‍♂️ meh, I didn't care much for 'em.

I used to wear classy clothes for work for years! Double breast jackets, always new denims, tailor-made shirts... I felt at the time that it was bringing me a lot of control in my work environments. But in the end, this control was just an illusion.

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Amara Graham

I always overdress for interviews or specifically ask what the dress code is (both for interviewees and the office).

We do not have a dress code at IBM, but different offices across the globe (even just within the US) have different office vibes.

My rule has always been no athleisure, no mid section showing, no PJs, no shorts. I would relax the no athleisure and shorts rules for myself if there was no air conditioning because that sounds awful!!!

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Ajay Karwal

When I go into the office I tend to wear jeans, smartish trainer and something on top appropriate to the season. Try and dress relatively smart-casual with nothing too in your face in terms of logos/designs.

I work 3 days from home and on those days I try and do the same. It's important to treat working from home the same as going into the office. Get dressed, do your hair and be at your desk on time.

I do admit there are days where I just stay in my PJ's for the majority of the day. Those day's are normally not too productive.

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