Accountants who are compensated for their services typically wear more formal attire, such as a jacket and tie. The required attire varies from business to business. Generally, accountants are expected to dress at least business casual attire.
When working with clients and charging professional rates, all professions, including accountants, attract more respect when dressed professionally. According to Accounting Today, while it may be tempting to dress informally when conducting private visits, it is still vital to dress modestly in any professional atmosphere.
Some companies have a “dress-down” policy in which less formal attire is permitted. Even though a company does not mandate a specific dress code, wearing a t-shirt and jeans in a professional workplace is almost always seen negatively. ACCA Careers writers recommend pants for men and skirts for women. For a more casual setting, a blouse or button-down shirt is also an appropriate option. The idea is to strike a balance between seeming casual and looking too casual.
Even if they deny it, accountants and other professionals are judged based on their attire in the professional sphere. ACCA Careers warns that inappropriate workplace attire can be detrimental to a person’s career.