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Starbucks' New Dress Code Allows Baristas To Feel More Like Themselves

Skirts, bowties and hot pink hair are all welcome now.

Your latte could soon come from under a fedora, or maybe even a bowtie.

Starbucks announced a big change to its dress code this week that lets employees dress for work pretty much as they would in their everyday lives.

Previously, baristas had to wear solid black or white shirts. The new dress code keeps the signature Starbucks green apron but allows for shirts in a range of darkish colors like gray, navy, dark denim and brown. Bright hair color is now welcome, as long as it’s at least semi-permanent (no hair chalk!), as are beanies and fedoras. Skirts and dresses with tights are also allowed in the new dress code.

The new rules are meant to let baristas “shine as individuals,” Starbucks said in a statement. They released some images of what your barista might sport in the near future:

This black apron isn&rsquo;t part of the new dress code, but rather a special apron reserved for <a href="https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-coffee-masters-share-passion-for-coffee" target="_blank">Coffee Masters</a>.
This black apron isn’t part of the new dress code, but rather a special apron reserved for Coffee Masters.
Dresses with tights are also welcome in the new Starbucks dress code.
Dresses with tights are also welcome in the new Starbucks dress code.

In 2014, Starbucks changed its dress code to allow employees to show their tattoos, as long as they are tasteful and not on the face or neck. This update takes the wardrobe freedom even further. It’s effective immediately in Starbucks stores nationwide.

Because if you’re going to mix a purple drink, then you’d better have purple hair to match. Cheers!

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