Target relaxes corporate dress code, now allows jeans

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Target Corp. employees can now wear jeans -- to work!

That's because at the start of this week the company instituted a new "Dress for Your Day" policy that gives corporate workers the option to dress more casually (when appropriate).

"It's about giving team members choice and options for taking a look at their own day ahead of them and to determine what they should be wearing, whether that's jeans and a sweater, a blazer, or maybe a suit," company spokesperson Molly Synder told us, adding, with a smile, that the company's tried-and-true red-shirt-and-khaki-pants look remains "acceptable any day of the week."

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Target's dress code previously required employees to dress for business Monday through Thursday (no jeans allowed), with casual Fridays.

Asked what motivated the change, Synder said, "We recognize that to our team members being able to express themselves and make their own choices is important, and this is giving them the power to do that."

"The response has been really positive," she added.

Here's what Target's website says about the new dress code:
Target headquarters doesn't have a dress code per se--instead, we have a loose framework called "Dress for Your Day." What does "Dress for Your Day" mean? It's pretty simple. We ask that team members use good judgment when deciding what to wear to work, with just a few basic guidelines.

For example, a big day might call for something like a dress or a suit, or maybe even dressy jeans and a blazer. For a low-key day, jeans and a nice polo might be the answer. Target team members do a lot of volunteering, and on those days they show their Target pride by wearing a Target Volunteer t-shirt.
So if you see a lot more jeans in the skyway during the workday these days, now you know why.

:::: UPDATE ::::

A corporate memo obtained by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal contains a few more details about the new code.

From the Biz Journal:
Of course, there are still a few no-nos: heavily worn shoes, flip flops or Birkenstock-style sandals; clothing with potentially offensive words or graphics; shorts, overalls, sweats, workout clothes or jogging suits; and hats or caps (unless it's a medical necessity).

For women, halter tops and sheer or revealing clothing are still off-limits. Also banned are spaghetti-strap tops or dresses unless covered by a jacket or sweater, and leggings unless worn with an appropriate-length dress, skirt or top.
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43 comments
Lindsey Zeilstra
Lindsey Zeilstra

"...and leggings unless worn with an appropriate-length dress, skirt or top." Can this be a law?

Sam Gerrits
Sam Gerrits

What a load of crap what about the rest of us just coz we don't sit on our asses all day

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Execs should wear clown suits so they can be easily identified.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Of course. Now employees can buy their work clothes from Target instead of Macy's.

Nancy Goethel
Nancy Goethel

I think its a refreshing way to empower employees. Its not saying they won't ever have to wear a suit or dress its letting them choose their attire based on their day.

Dan Hoffman
Dan Hoffman

I'm really glad I left that place years ago. It sucked then and I'm sure that it sucks worse now.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

That won't help them beat Wal Mart but paying employees less an hour than Wal Mart, offering lesser health insurance than Wal Mart, and requiring employees to "sell" 9 credit cards a week might. Target is worse than Wal Mart but they created a better image so all the mindless fools can feel good about buying the same foreign junk at Target.

Lenny Grossman
Lenny Grossman

Target is a great Minnesota company, just because they had a security breach people want to bash them, this breach could and has happened at other companies. If you don't want to support a Minnesota company, go to Walmart Assholes!

Tracy Marcotte Shaffer
Tracy Marcotte Shaffer

This is referring to Target Corporate - Buying Offices in Downtown Minneapolis not the stores.

Marc Petersen
Marc Petersen

Target employees are all going to hell. In a handbasket. Do they sell handbaskets?

Royal Palmer
Royal Palmer

Hot news for sure! Lol. I'm still wearing khakis

Charlene Jaszewski
Charlene Jaszewski

If you don't meet with clients no one should give a shit what you wear.

Xochitl Mendoza Ramirez
Xochitl Mendoza Ramirez

What's funny to me is that spaghetti straps and any other reference to women having something so sensuous as shoulders really underlines the fact that we are highly sexual beings that must take strides to cover our bodies as the shoulder is known for its sexual overtones.

Melissa LeVasseur Lueth
Melissa LeVasseur Lueth

Ahhh ok Thank you for the clarification my son's friends dad said it was corporate in Broklyn Park he used to work there so I based it off that.

Trent Heiss
Trent Heiss

also depends where you live. i transfered through target from mpls to dallas. not only did they make me change clothes to look more proper, i also got a damn paycut lol. i used to wear shorts on overnights and it was colder in mpls. when i moved to dallas it was hot as hell and they freaked when i showed up in shorts. funny thing is that no one sees you on the overnight shift.

Joey LeMay
Joey LeMay

Corporate office is located downtown. They have satellite offices in Brooklyn Park and off 394.

Britny Swales
Britny Swales

is this supposed to make up for the 400+ employees they laid off?

Melissa LeVasseur Lueth
Melissa LeVasseur Lueth

Corporate office is located in Broolyn Park so not sure. I work next door to a Target but we can wear jeans at my job.

Annie Mae
Annie Mae

Melissa - I think this just applies to the folks who work at the Corporate offices. I'm pretty sure we will still get to see those lovely slacks at the stores.

TC4L
TC4L

I contracted there at the begining of my career.  The older people didn't seem happy.  They set up an interview for a full time position.  I didn't want it but wasn't thinking straight and went for it.  Then a couple days later with no interview said "nope, it's not going to happen."  Found that strange.  Then laid off the 18 contractors with no warning 3 months before the end of the contract.  I walked in one morning, badge didn't work, security actually had be walk in the cold to the other security office to pick up my belongings.  The bag was that of a chinese restaurant.  Smiley face that said thank you.  WTF.  That was suprisingly unprofessional for such a place.  Now work at a much better place as an employee.  Pay is way more than Target and the older crowd smiles.

hopelessdems
hopelessdems

The whole reason they instituted a dress code a few years back is because some many of their female employees dressed like they were going out on the town vs to work. Lots and lots of whorish outfits. Half the staff were showing off their tramp stamps and navel piercings. 

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