So, you landed a job at Starbucks®. Congrats! Now, what are you going to wear under that iconic green apron? According to the official Starbucks® Dress Code Lookbook, employees are invited to "bring your personal taste and handcrafted style to work" as long as your taste and style choices fit within the Starbucks® dress code.
Of course, you want to walk in the Starbucks® door with a clean, neat, professional appearance wearing clothing that's clean, hemmed, wrinkle-free and in good repair. Beyond that, you're encouraged to wear expressive clothing that may already be in your closet and fits within the Starbucks® dress code.
That said, many people prefer to wear durable, easy-care basics they buy and designate as their everyday workwear. They keep their personal favorites in the closet for time off and nights out. It's up to you to decide the right approach for you.
Options for Tops
The Starbucks® Lookbook encourages wearing shirts in a range of colors beyond solid black and white, although black and white are still OK. The extended color palette includes gray, navy, dark denim and brown as solids or as a base color for a subdued, small-print, low-contrast pattern. Small manufacturer’s logo on tops are okay on shirt pockets or sleeves! So you can rep Dickies without it drawing too much attention.
Don't wear t-shirts, hoodies and bright colored plaids, stripes or prints in colors outside the Lookbook palette. Tops can have a crewneck, boatneck or modest V-neck. Styles include button-down (short- or long-sleeve), Henley, 3/4 sleeve, long-sleeve and polo. Check out these durable and easy to maintain men’s shirts and women’s tops.
Shoes should be black, brown or gray. A small amount of accent color is also allowed. Because you're on your feet most of your shift, you'll want shoes that provide support, comfort and safety. For personal safety and to avoid injury, shoes should have a closed toe and a flat, closed heel with as much coverage of the top of the foot as possible. Slip-resistant soles are strongly encouraged to reduce the risk of falls and injuries. Classic black non-slip shoes for men and women are a staple in the closets of most who works in restaurants and elsewhere in the hospitality industry.
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