Top 10 Jobs That Don’t Require Formal Attire

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Sometimes it’s just too uncomfortable to sit in formal attire ALL DAY LONG! You’re already sitting in a tiny, poorly lit cubicle and working at an annoying desk, so why should you be forced to dress to the nines all day every day?

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If you’re the kind of guy or girl who just can’t stand formal attire, here are some of the best jobs for you to consider:

1. Anything From Home

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If you work from home--as a freelance writer, programmer, web designer, graphic artist, photographer, etc.--you are the boss, and you get to decide what your dress code is. You can still wear nice clothes, but you don’t have to don the formal attire! 

Average Freelancer Salary: $52,000 per year

2. Software Engineer

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We’ve all seen the programmers and software engineers sitting at their desks, working in whatever outfit they decided to throw on that day. Unless you’re working in a huge company, working as a programmer almost always gives you freedom from the dress code.

Average Salary: $77,500 per year

3. Retail Stores

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If you work at Wal-Mart, Target, or any number of retail stores, you’ll find that the dress code is much more informal. You’ll still have to wear the obligatory polo with the company logo, but it’s much better than a suit and tie!

Average Salary: $24,000 per year

4. Gas Station Clerk

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It may not be the most exciting job, but it’s freedom from having to wear a suit and tie! You may not even have to wear a uniform.

Average Wage: $8.35/hour

5. Coffee Shop


Once again, your outfit will be nothing more than the company polo shirt, a pair of dark-colored (black is preferred, but you may have other color choices) pants, and an apron. This dress code is much more comfortable than anything you’d have to put on at a corporate job.

Average Wage: $8.83/hour

6. Fashion Designer

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The beauty of this job: you get to wear the clothes you design! If you want to wear formal attire, you can just grab it off the racks. If you want to go chic or trendy, the choice is yours!

Average Salary: $60,000 per year

7. Radio Personality

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Unlike TV hosts, those on the radio don’t usually need to dress in fancy clothes. Some radio stations do require that their hosts show up dressed nicely, but rarely in formal attire.

Average Salary: $40,000 per year

8. Photographer


The only time you need to put on fancy clothes is when you are shooting formal events--such as weddings, banquets, civic events, etc. The rest of the time, you can wear whatever you want. After all, you’re BEHIND the camera, and no one will care what you wear!

Average salary: $46,000 to $66,000 per year

9. Writer


If you’re a writer, chances are you’ll be able to wear less formal clothing. You may have to dress nice when attending an interview or traveling on assignment, but when typing away at your computer to actually write, you can wear less restrictive outfits.

Average Salary: $46,000 per year

10. Youth-Oriented Store

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Think Spencer’s, LIDS, Hot Topic, and any of the other stores trying to sell products to young people. You get to wear cool T-shirts, accessorize your wardrobe however you want, and be as cool and trendy as you want. After all, that’s what sells!

Average Salary: $8.26 per hour (LIDS)


If you hate to wear suits and just want to be comfortable at work, these are the jobs for you.