Dress codes and appearance at work – research paper

Independent research findings from a study of employee perceptions and experiences of dress codes and appearance management policies at work.


Dress codes and appearance at work: body supplements, body modification and aesthetic labour


This is an independent, evidence-based research paper produced by Dr Vandana Nath, Professor Stephen Bach and Dr Graeme Lockwood of King's College London.

The views in this paper are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect those of Acas or the Acas Council.

This paper is not intended as guidance from Acas about how to apply the law in relation to dress codes nor as an endorsement by Acas of practices to be adopted in the workplace.

Published 21 September 2016