What (Not) to Wear to Work

New college grads aren't the only ones puzzling over "business casual"

Illustration by Francisco Caceres for TIME

I draw the line at flip-flops. the prevailing dress code at my office and those of many white collar workers in the U.S. could be defined as business casual--if any of us knew what the heck that meant. My employee handbook offers no guidelines, so I'm left with my own interpretation: no nylons (like 39% of American women, I haven't worn a pair in more than a year), but then again, no flip-flops (because I respect my colleagues enough to shield them from my unsightly toes).

As 1.5 million new college graduates start streaming into the workforce this month, it's no...

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