Published On: Sat, Dec 18th, 2010

Swiss bank’s new dress code tell employee’s what color underwear they can wear to work

Swiss banking giant UBS has issued a strict dress code for employees, calling on them to wear “skin-coloured” lingerie and to ditch “fancy and coloured” artificial fingernails.

In a document of over 40 pages, UBS underlined details from head to toe, including permissible hairstyles, what cut of skirt and which type of socks to wear.

Women should not wear “flashy” jewelery or skirts that are “too tight behind”.

Underwear must not be “visible against clothing or spilling out of clothing”. Rather, they should be “skin-coloured under white shirts.”

Employees should ensure that natural roots are not showing if they have coloured their hair. “Three days of stubble is not permitted and a visit to the barber is recommended once every four weeks,” it added.
Employees are also urged to “avoid smelling of strong scent, garlic, onion and cigarette smoke”.

Men should wear a “straight-cut two button jacket and pants that make up part of a classic professional suit.” They should not wear ties that do not match the “morphology of the face” nor socks with cartoon motifs.

“The reputation of UBS makes up our most precious asset. Adopting an irreprochable behaviour implies having an impeccable presentation,” said the bank, which has been trying to rebuild its reputation since suffering record losses during the financial crisis.

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  1. Underpants for Work, one Swiss bank’s strict dress code | The Global Dispatch says:

    […] the extreme by issuing a large document to its employees which strips them down to their underwear. (Read story here) The document has stated that all undergarments should be flesh-colored and that women were not to […]

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