- Walmart is testing a new dress code in some stores that allows employees to wear blue denim and shirts of any solid colour.
- Employees were previously barred from wearing blue denim, and shirt colours were restricted to blue or white.
- “I personally love the new dress code – especially that we can wear any colour,” Angel Hernandez, an employee of a Walmart store in Springdale, Arkansas, told Business Insider.
- The company faced backlash four years ago when it enforced a new dress code, but it later relaxed those restrictions.
Walmart is testing a new employee dress code designed to give workers more freedom over their clothing choices.
The updated clothing guidelines, which were implemented in several stores last week, allow employees to wear blue “jeggings” and blue jeans – which were previously forbidden for most Walmart workers – and shirts of any solid colour, according to a Walmart manual reviewed by Business Insider.
For these stores, until last week, solid white and solid blue were the only acceptable shirt colours in Walmart’s dress code.
“I personally love the new dress code – especially that we can wear any colour,” Angel Hernandez, an employee of a Walmart store in Springdale, Arkansas, told Business Insider.
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, said in an emailed statement that the company “won’t know next steps on this test until we’ve had a chance to learn what works and what could work better.”
Bloomberg’s Matthew Boyle first reported the dress-code changes.
Walmart employees have for years been asking for a more flexible dress code.
The company faced backlash four years ago when it enforced a new dress code requiring white or navy collared shirts with khaki or black pants, close-toed shoes, and an updated royal-blue Walmart-branded vest.
Walmart later loosened the requirements to allow employees to wear black or khaki-coloured denim, as well as enable those working in the back of the store and doing more physical labour, like unloading trucks, to wear blue jeans.
According to the Walmart manual, the dress code bans leggings, yoga pants, windsuits, sweatpants, scrubs, spandex pants, overalls, or long pant legs that drag on the floor.
Leather, prints, distressed materials, patches, white stitching, and bedazzled clothing are also all prohibited.
Facial tattoos are not permitted, but those elsewhere are allowed as long as they don’t contain obscene, racist, sexual, or other offensive words or imagery.
Overall, the company requires employees to wear clothes that fit properly and are free of holes, fraying, and stains.
“Good personal hygiene is expected when you report for work,” the manual says. “Your hair must be clean and well groomed. Beards and mustaches must be neat and trimmed.”
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