Insurance is a fairly conservative industry and as such the dress code tends to be fairly formal.
Whilst some companies have uniforms or corporate branded items, most do not so there is more opportunity for individual style (or fails).
Men should generally wear trousers and a collared shirt as a minimum with dress shoes - when seeing clients a suit and tie is the best and safest option - you can always take the tie off discreetly to 'dress it down' if necessary, if the client is dressed more informally. For women, a skirt or slacks with a blouse for normal business days, a suit for seeing clients.
Many organizations now have casual Fridays or monthly casual days, which can be a minefield when it comes to selecting appropriate items from your wardrobe (particularly in summer!). Remember, what you wear to the beach, to the club or to bed should never be worn to the office. Some of the things to avoid are -
- Ripped or torn jeans (even designer rips)
- Thongs/Jandals (Remember ladies, jewels on your thongs/jandals do not make them sandals)
- Overly revealing clothing (your co-workers don't need to know if your tattoos are spelt correctly)
- T shirts with "vulgar" or inappropriate pictures or text - if you have to question it, you shouldn't be wearing it
- Socks and Sandals (because it just looks awful)
It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the dress code of your organization. Most organizations have a fairly detailed dress code policy with some fairly standard do's and don't's.
Just remember - you only get one chance to make a first impression!