JWU | Maintaining Youthful Ethics of Professional Dress Code


By Aubri Guinyard

Johnson & Wales Blogger

What comes to an your mind when when you think professional dress code?

That is the question that needs to be answered here at Johnson & Wales University. Known mainly for our World Class Culinary School , if you walked our campus you’d see an array of chef whites and white chef hats, but who are those kids dressed up in business attire? That’s where we come in. Johnson & Wales started in 1914 as a business school and we are proud of that fact.  With this being said there is a professional dress code that students must abide by. (Not your typical university)!

There are a diverse array of students in our population and of course conflict arises.  This conflict of dress code stems from the perception of what is considered professional to one student versus another.  Traditional business majors may have in mind that slacks and a blouse is well suited for the professional world, whereas some students at Johnson & Wales may deem this basic outfit as boring and having a lack of creative control.  Being young adults I believe that we may struggle at times with how to keep up with the trends and still maintain a youthful image while meeting our professional dress code policy.  This is where the concern lies for many students:  We become distracted by the trends and we forget what is considered professional.

Here is a brief outline of the dress code policy (for those who are unaware):

The following dress policy has been implemented for all students who wish to enter the Academic Center.

  • Business Casual Dress (minimally) is required:
  • Duringall class sessions or class related activities
  • During the hours of  7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • During officially sanctioned University professional events.
  • After 6 p.m. for student functions such as club meetings or activity attendance unless otherwise specified, if student’s sole purpose is to visit Health & Counseling Services

Business Casual examples for men:

  • Long dress pants (khakis are approved)
  • Dress shirts, shirts tucked in
  • Polo style shirts
  • Sweatshirts (JWU Only. No exceptions)
  • Dress shoes and socks
  • T-shirts worn under dress shirts shall be free of lettering, advertising or design
  • A university-issued nametag must be worn while in the Academic Center for class or University business.

Business Casual examples women:

  • Dress slacks, pantsuits, dresses or skirts (no more than two inches above the knees)
  • Blouses or sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • (JWU Only. No exceptions)
  • Dress shoes
  • A university-issued name tag must be worn while in the Academic Center for class or University business.

Examples of clothing that are NOT considered business casual:

  • Hats and other head coverings, including scarves unless for religious purposes
  • Sweatpants
  • Blue jeans or other denim based clothing
  • Sneakers or sandals, flip flops (anything that goes between the toes)
  • Provocative clothing
  • (NOT allowed in Academic Center at ANY time

Here are a few business casual outfits and trendy pieces that are sure to keep you up to date with the trends while still meeting the professional dress code. We hope to see you on your dress code game in the future!

What To Wear-Men's Clothing What To Wear-Women's Clothing

Now, here are examples of what NOT to wear:

Written by Aubriaunna Guinyard on the behalf of  Bizclt.

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