UBS Dress Code Manual: Swiss Bank Gives Detailed Dress Code
So you want to be a banker? Well, you're going to have to dress the part. Fortunately, a dress code for UBS Bank has been made public and it explains in excruciating detail how one should dress for success.
The new UBS dress code was originally written for staff attending corporate events, but the Swiss banking giant is considering expanding the dress code to include all employees at the bank's 300 branches in Switzerland.
Here are just a few tips from the UBS dress code manual
-Your jacket should be buttoned while standing
-When sitting, the buttons should be undone.
-Store your suit on a large hanger with rounded shoulders to preserve the shape of the garment.
-Get a haircut every four weeks to maintain your hairstyle.
-Don't eat garlic and onions
-Don't wear short-sleeved shirts or cuff links
-Don't wear socks that are so short you might expose your leg while sitting. Also, don't wear socks that are opaque
-Don't use tie knots that don't match your face shape and/or body shape
-Women are encourage to wear flesh-coloured underwear and stockings
-Women's skirts should not be "too tight behind."
That's just the tip of the iceberg. The UBS dress code reportedly drones on for more than 40 pages.
Needless to say, some find the excruciating level of detail in the UBS dress code to be ridiculous. One would think that bankers should be a little more focused on fixing the world's economy rather than obsessing over the length of a bank teller's socks.
UBS argues, however, that the UBS dress code isn't meant to be taken all that seriously.
They are meant as recommendations and not as hard and fast rules," Fontannaz said. "It remains to be decided whether the guidelines will be extended to all 300 Swiss branches, depending on how they are received by staff in the five pilot branches."