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What’s your office dress code?

entertainment Updated: Jan 27, 2011 00:23 IST
Roma Arora

If your employer starts telling you what coloured bra to wear, don’t get alarmed. Your company may just be following suit with what multinationals abroad are doing — setting strict dress code for employees.

A few weeks back, Swiss bank UBS came up with a 43-pager look book that suggests everything, including what colour underwear its employees should wear. The book came under severe criticism and later had to be toned down.

A German court also ruled last week that employers have a ‘right’ to tell female staffers to compulsorily wear a bra. Closer home, employees say even though these are extreme instances, regulations on dress code are strictly followed here too. “During induction, we were told about the dress code. For men, hair gel/oil, bright socks, round neck sweaters (as it will hide the tie) are banned,” says Amit Ahuja, an associate business manager with ICICI Bank.

“Our dress code details what colours are acceptable. Scarves for females and ties for men are compulsory,” says Manisha Amol of Modicare. “Fancy or indecent dresses that reflect the company in low esteem, are not allowed,” says Umesh Dhal, vice president, HR, LG India.