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What is the dress code to work in hospitality?


Imagine that you are going to open a bank account and you count with two options for different entities: at the first bank they serve you in bermuda, shirt and flip-flops, while in the second they do with jacket and tie. A level playing field (commissions, service charges…), Which of the two confiaríais to deposit your money?

Let's transfer this fictional example to one of the main sectors that require direct customer: the restaurants. Situating in the same starting point, the clothes or not to carry and based on established minimum hygiene, we entered the debate of how far is free the worker to show your style or what is the limit to body custom, tattoos or piercings.

This issue is increasingly controversial, especially in those premises where it is not specifically required uniform. Equally, It is increasing discussion whether it is what kind of piercings or tattoos, in which body parts can be displayed or what would be the maximum sizes of these add-ons that are allowed to consider a suitable candidate for the position or not.

Starbucks dress policy

Recently, the new has been in the news clothing policy of Starbucks. First, we must bear in mind that this chain establishments whose only part of the official uniform, the now famous green apron and, because, impositions come from what clothes waiters can wear under that apron.

In this line, HE “invites” employees to keep your personal touch although limited, among others, by neutral colors dress, the permissiveness of certain hat models including the classic backwards baseball cap, hoodies or wear hair dyed an overly bright color like pink or neon.

In sum, These companies claim that employees give a neat and professional image facing the public, requiring them to wear clean clothes, in good condition and wrinkle, but what, both, allow them to be themselves and perform as individuals through their external appearance.

Rights and duties of the wearer uniform

The truth is in our country guidelines are followed depending on the sector and employment: nobody is surprised that the security forces dressed in uniform and, in the same way, service companies often standardize their employees demanding certain decorum when they are on business hours and, so, wearing the brand that employs them.

The difficult thing is to elucidate how far can the company require its employees to follow certain standards and if these are resolved with the bonus that is usually assigned as a salary supplement.

It is also common in certain professions, those which give a service, a specific way of dressing is required. It is not strange to see a commercial go to work in a jacket and tie, as it happens in the world of consulting and offices, more when charges are higher.

In these cases, although not specified in the contract, the employee knows that this way of dressing goes with the job Y, so good fashion in recent years is allowing more outfits “relaxed”, it is no less true that when an important day arrives everyone dresses in a business suit. He casual day It is reserved for the last week, on Friday, day when it is admitted that stressed executives take off their ties and can go to the office in jeans and shirt.

The problem comes when clothing requirements for workers exceed what could be considered decent or when they become demeaning to the worker, forcing him to wear certain clothes or certain way.

This is common in the world of hospitality, in which, in many cases, waitresses are required to dress in short skirts or to display Generous necklines to attract customers, and this is something that You can see from the ads themselves where such positions are offered. There are few cases where offers are requested conditions that border on illegality, released by the media.

the recent Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan, that sang that “the times they Are a changing” Y, Fortunately, This change is also coming to the dress at work.

Increasingly qualities are valued and preparing workers, something that is above the “bundle” clothing that hides. In fact, they are no longer required to wear makeup, or they-fitting the best Italian shoes; now it encourages workers to go comfortable, because they are aware that, in this way, creativity and productivity is encouraged.

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Article by the editorial team of DiegoCoquillat.com. It has professionals both in the field of hospitality, gastronomy and tourism, and new technologies and innovation.



  1. A theme that must also be taken into account is the perfume that waiters put on, which is sometimes too strong. That hurts, In my opinion, to the smell of the plate, some wine, etc…

    • Jose Berenguer on

      Hi Vincent. Thank you for leaving your comment on this post.. The truth, is that you can't be more right. Although this content focuses a lot on the image of the worker, it is true that the perfume or smell of both the waiters, as the room itself is a very important component for the gastronomic experience. I can not agree more with your comment. Thanks for following us!

  2. Very good considerations about the work uniform in hospitality!
    Definitely, the proper use of our work clothes is essential not only to create a good image of the establishment (that is not little), but to provide comfort and safety to all workers. You have to take into account all the details and, as usual, we recommend customization.

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