I have discussed dress-code angst a couple of times on this blog. It is a recurring theme on work-based problem pages.
Well now there is this helpful Dress Code Guide to point you in the right direction. You simply enter in the type of occasion, or the dress-code specified on the invitation or those dreaded conference joining instructions, say whether you are male or female and if the climate is hot or cold, then Bob’s-yer-uncle, it tells you what to wear.
Interestingly, it also asks you whether you are in the USA and Canada or the UK and Commonwealth. It’s obviously an American site so I’ll forgive them for not knowing that Canada is also in the Commonwealth. It doesn’t include dress-codes in continental Europe, for which a different set of dress rules seem to apply. Perhaps that will be in the next release.
Having experimented with it, I can’t see much difference in the results for USA/Canada and UK/Commonwealth. For instance, if you enter ‘Business Casual – Corporate’ it tells you it is acceptable for men to wear loafers in both the USA and the UK. This is complete rubbish. If anyone from the US is reading this, take it from me – those loafers with tassels that American businessmen seem to love will be the cause of merciless piss-taking should you wear them in the UK. If you’re coming over here, leave the damned things at home.
I think the authors of Dress Code Guide need to do a bit more homework.