Accountants earning professional fees normally dress professionally, wearing more formal clothing, such as a jacket and tie. Dress codes vary from business to business. Accountants are usually expected to at least wear business casual attire.
Whenever any professionals, including accountants, work with clients and charge professional fees, they command more respect when they are dressed in a professional manner. While it can be tempting to dress casually when making private visits, according to Accounting Today, it is still important to dress conservatively in any professional environment.
Some companies have a “dress-down” policy where it is permissible to wear less formal clothing. Even if a particular firm does not require a particular dress code, wearing a t-shirt and jeans almost always reflects poorly on someone working in a professional environment. Writers at ACCA Careers recommend trousers for men and skirts for women. A blouse or buttoned shirt is an effective choice as well for a more casual environment. The key is to balance looking casual without looking too casual.
It is a fact of life that in the working world people judge accountants and other professionals based on what they wear even if they do not admit to this. ACCA Careers warns that selecting the wrong attire for work can be damaging to a person’s career.