Dress Code Objective

The objective of Copiah-Jefferson Regional Library (CJRL) in establishing a business casual dress code is to allow our employees to work comfortably in the workplace while still projecting a professional image for CJRL’s patrons. Business casual dress is the standard for this dress code.

Certain days can be declared dress down days by the branch manager once every three weeks. On these days, solid colored jeans will be allowed.  All guidelines concerning the clothing condition are still applicable.  

Guide to Business Casual Dressing for Work

No dress code can cover all contingencies so employees must exert a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear to work. If you experience uncertainty about acceptable, professional business casual attire for work, please ask the Library Director.

Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, formal clubs or restaurants, exercise sessions, and sports contests may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work. Clothing that reveals cleavage, your back, your chest, your stomach or your underwear is not appropriate for a place of business, even in a business casual setting. Clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled. Torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable. Any clothing bearing words, terms, or pictures must be related to the library culture.

Slacks, Pants, and Suit Pants

Slacks that are similar to Dockers and other makers of cotton or synthetic material pants, wool pants, flannel pants, mid-calf dressy capris, and nice looking dress synthetic pants are acceptable. Inappropriate slacks or pants include jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, shorts, bib overalls, leggings worn as outerwear, wind suits (parachute type material), fleece suites, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants such as people wear for biking.

Skirts, Dresses, and Skirted Suits

Casual dresses and skirts, and skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable. Dress and skirt length should be at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public. Short, tight skirts that ride halfway up the thigh, mini-skirts, skorts, sun dresses, beach dresses, and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate for the library.

Shirts, Tops, Blouses, and Jackets

Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, and turtlenecks are acceptable attire for work. Most suit jackets or sport jackets are also acceptable attire for the office, if they violate none of the listed guidelines.

Inappropriate attire for work includes tank tops; midriff tops; shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans; halter-tops; tops with bare shoulders; sweatshirts, and t-shirts unless worn under another blouse, shirt, jacket, or dress.

Shoes and Footwear

Conservative athletic or walking shoes, loafers, clogs, sneakers, boots, flats, dress heels, and leather deck-type shoes are acceptable for work. Flashy athletic shoes, thongs, flip-flops, and slippers are not acceptable in the office.  All shoes must be in good condition.

Jewelry, Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne

Non-clothing adornment should be in good taste.  Body piercing should not interfere with job activities and should not be presented in such a manner as appear to be painful or in danger of causing pain.  Perfumes and makeup should be worn with restraint to prevent causing problems for patrons with related allergies.

Hats and Head Covering, Tattoos

Hats are not appropriate in the office. Head Covers that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed unless they interfere with the use of culturally normal body language communications between the staff member and the library patrons.  Excessive tattoos or tattoos generally interpreted to be demonic, promote criminal behavior, or similarly offensive should be covered.


If clothing fails to meet these standards, as determined by the Director, the employee will be asked not to wear the inappropriate item to work again. Disciplinary action will be applied if dress code violations continue.

Policy’s Procedural Implementation - rev. 06.2014

The last Friday of each calendar month is a ‘dress down’ day.  If the library will be closed on the last Friday of the calendar month, then the first preceding Friday that the library is open will be a ‘dress down’ day.

Other ‘dress down’ days may be provided by the branch manager when the need can be justified.  Examples include days for summer reading programs, maintenance days, problems with the a/c, etc.   ‘Dress down’ days must be indicated as such by the branch manager on the location’s internal calendar.

Shirts, Tops, Blouses, and Jackets

‘Casual shirts’ does not include T-shirts.  T-shirts are allowed if they carry a library theme.

Shoes and Footwear

‘Flashy’ is determined by 2 criteria:

  1. Are the shoes the brightest part of the overall outfit? (Example: Neon with a black suit.)
  2. Are the shoes the obviously dominant attraction in the overall outfit?