Casual Dress for Real Estate Business, What are the Limits?
A lot has been said about how an agent should dress when working in the office or when meeting clients. Much of it depends on the client and the area the agent is doing business. Business casual seems to be the norm but therein lies the problem. Business casual to one is being overdressed or even under-dressed to another.
Even ten years ago agents in my area wore jackets when doing business with clients. Now it is rare to see a woman or a man wearing a jacket or a suit. If a female agent has a jacket on, it is usually a blue jean jacket or sweater or layered look.
The trend especially with the younger agents is super casual. I am talking yoga pants, short shorts, tunics with the bottom piece missing. Essentially anything they think is comfortable and trendy is okay.
Should we dress equal to our clients or a step above? Afterall, we are asking them to invest a huge amount of money into a purchase should we look the part. IMO, being dressed professionally tends to command more respect and authority as the expert in the field. Stepping it up is never wrong but stepping down could be.
Being comfortable and relaxed seems to be the thinking in all industries and as long as you are clean the rest doesn't matter. Right? Even banks allow casual dress in their offices as long as it isn't in a major corporate setting. I've heard agents say the client needs to take them as they are and if they don't like it they can find another agent. What's the big deal anyway, right?
As for casual, I am not talking about making a quick run to the office to do a few tasks. That is understood. I am talking about planning to meet clients at the office or at an open house in this super casual dress.
Should the broker set a dress code or are they too afraid of running agents off? Are the brokers the ones that have let business casual change in the real estate workplace?
When I am spending a big chunk of money, regardless of what I have on I want my representative to look the part of a professional that is representing me, my interests and my money. That is my expectation. Dress matters to me and business casual is not wearing short shorts or cutoff blue jeans.
Casual Dress in the Office, A New Definition of Business Casual
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