Starbucks baristas are showing their style with a new dress code

New dress code for Starbucks baristas
New dress code for Starbucks baristas

Starbucks baristas are now free to show off their personal style at work, under the coffee chain's new dress code released Monday.

Although the iconic green apron is still a part of the uniform, Starbucks employees have more leeway to choose what goes under it.

"Our Dress Code reflects the professionalism you bring to your craft, the commitment to making every moment right and the inclusive welcome at the heart of our brand," the company said in the Starbucks Dress Code Lookbook.

Employees can wear a variety of shirt colors that include gray, navy, dark denim and brown. Employees can also wear patterned tops in these colors. Starbucks' previous dress code only allowed for solid black and white shirts.

Starbucks has extended employees' options for bottoms, too. Shorts, skirts and dresses with tights have also joined Starbucks' dress code. Baristas have the choice to wear dark-wash jeans and hues, although light tones are not permitted.

Baristas can also make a statement with their hair color or wear hats such as beanies and fedoras to work. The key rule to follow for hair color is that the employee's dye must be permanent or semi-permanent to align with food safety standards. Sprays, glitters, chalks and other temporary products are not allowed.

Starbucks employees in at the 47th and Broadway location in New York City have been sporting the new dress code since September. Other select Reserve stores were also able to try out the changes before Starbucks' announcement.

"I believe these changes work well with our iconic green apron and also complement the passion partners bring to our coffee and their craft," Cosimo LaPorta, U.S. Retail Store Operations executive vice president, said in a statement. "We want partners to be as proud of their look as they are when they tie on their green apron."

Starbucks last relaxed the dress code in 2014, allowing baristas to display tattoos, as long as they didn't contain swear words or hateful messages or were on the face or throat. Shirts also were allowed to be untucked and nose studs were allowed.