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UBS Issues Sartorial Guidelines to its Staff: Long Socks and No Hair Dye for Men, Buttoned Jackets and No Black Nail Polish for Women

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Swiss bank UBS has dispensed a 43-page memo to is retail banking staff filled with sartorial (and behavioral) Do's and Don'ts for maintaining a polished appearance. The Wall Street Journal excerpts part of the list:

Do's for women:
· Wear your jacket buttoned.
· When sitting, the buttons should be unfastened.
· Make sure to touch up hair regrowth regularly if you color your hair.

Do's for men:
· Store your suit on a large hanger with rounded shoulders to preserve the shape of the garment.
· Schedule barber appointments every four weeks to maintain your haircut shape.

Don'ts for everybody:
· Eating garlic and onions
· Smoking or spending time in smoke-filled places
· Wearing short-sleeved shirts or cuff links
· Wearing socks that are too short, showing your skin while sitting
· Allowing underwear to be seen
· Touching up perfume during or after lunch break
· Using tie knots that don't match your face shape and/or body shape

As for makeup, "Light makeup consisting of foundation, mascara and discreet lipstick... will enhance your personality," says the memo. Black nail polish and nail art are verboten as is stubble and hair dye on men.

Do you think this a late-breaking reaction to this summer's firing of a Citibank for, according to the NY Post, "being too hot"?
· Dress to impress, UBS tells staff [WSJ]