Amazon Dress Code: Employee & Warehouse Workers

Christina J Colclough

By Christina Colclough

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Amazon isn’t just any tech company; its fulfillment centers are far from an average run-of-the-mill warehouse. If you’re eyeing a job at one of these centers, you might be curious about the Amazon warehouse dress code–something that’s not always detailed in job descriptions.

Amazon Dress code

Below is what to wear (and what not to wear) in those places that many Amazon workers have shared with me. You’ll want to know these guidelines before your first day.

Do Amazon Warehouse Workers Have to Wear a Uniform?

Amazon Warehouse dress code

Let’s clear the air right away. There isn’t an Amazon workers’ uniform. Like many places, the idea here is to allow employees to feel comfortable and express their individuality while on the job.

But this doesn’t mean anything goes. There are still some rules you need to follow, which are quite different from what you might find in corporate office settings.

The rationale behind this policy is complex. Professionalism is certainly a factor, but there’s more to it than just that.

Amazon's Dress Code Policy

Remember that safety is a big deal when considering the nature of warehouse work. This is where you must work with conveyors and move packages around all the time. You’ll need clothing that makes you feel safe and comfortable in that environment.

It’s also about creating a welcoming space for everyone. And let’s not forget about protecting Amazon’s brand image. The company wants its warehouse employees to embody the company’s values in daily interactions genuinely.

Amazon’s Dress Code Policy 

Amazon warehouse workers are encouraged to wear what feels comfortable, like casual attire (jeans, hoodies, T-shirts, etc.). Safety is the priority, so avoid wearing loose clothing or accessories that can potentially get caught in machinery. Closed-toe shoes are required, and revealing tops are not allowed.

Amazon's Dress Code

General Principles

First off, the basics. 

Clothes should be neat, clean, and practical for the tasks at hand. We’re talking about apparel that’s relaxed enough for you to move freely during long shifts.

Safety is key, so avoid anything that could easily get tangled in machinery or equipment. And, of course, your outfit should let you do your job without any hitches. Don’t forget that your clothing choices shouldn’t disrespect or intimidate others in the workplace, so nothing discriminatory or overly distracting.

Tops

Going into details, there’s a bit more to keep in mind. Let’s start with tops since that seems to be where most confusion lies.

First, steer clear of anything with baggy sleeves, as these can get caught in equipment. T-shirts are fine, but let’s leave the booty shorts and short skirts for outside work hours.

Hoodies? Absolutely, but the strings shouldn’t be dangling. Trust me, Trust me, I’ve seen one too many close calls where someone gets snagged; just tuck them away. Feel free to wear seasonal or decorated shirts and blouses, which all add a bit of personality to your work attire.

However, some tops cross the line for Amazon. I’m talking about backless or strapless numbers, tiny camis, and sheer or see-through blouses. Your shoulders need to be covered with at least 2-inch straps, and midriffs are a no-go. For a more classic look, shirts with turtlenecks, sweaters, and collars are great  for warehouse employees.

Bottoms

Jeans are a popular choice here, so no wonder they’re approved. But yours should be fit and not baggy, which is a big no near those machines.

Leggings are totally fine, but pair them with a knee-length dress or skirt to keep the look work-appropriate. Shorts are also an option. Make sure they’re knee-length or longer for comfort and safety while moving around.

For the ladies thinking about skirts or dresses, go for it as long as they hit the knee. This way, you can stay comfy and move freely without any worries.

Shoes

Shoes are a big deal, too, because you’re on your feet a lot. Comfortable, supportive shoes are a common-sense choice.

Closed-toe shoes are mandatory for keeping your toes safe when handling packages or working near machinery. Depending on where you’re stationed, you might need steel-toe shoes. But sometimes, a good pair of running shoes will do the job. It’s best to check what your specific warehouse requires.

Hair and Nails

It’s pretty straightforward. Keep your hair tidy and out of the way and tie it if needed, including beards.

Amazon doesn’t have any specific rules for nails. But your nails should be short and clean anyway, without any sharp edges or long lengths that make working difficult. No one wants to injure themselves from broken nails while lifting boxes.

Accessories

You can wear hats at Amazon. Beanies, headscarves, hijabs, and hoodies (with the hood down) are all okay. In some parts of the warehouse, you might need to wear face masks or neck gaiters, depending on your work.

Jewelry and other accessories are where it gets a bit strict. You can’t wear long, dangling jewelry or loop earrings. It’s a safety thing and part of the warehouse’s anti-theft policy.

And remember, personal items like accessories and phones in the warehouse area are usually a no-go on the floor, except during breaks. The purpose is to keep everyone focused and safe while minimizing distractions and potential hazards.

Safety Equipment

You have to wear the right protective equipment when asked. It’s non-negotiable: steel-toed boots, long sleeves, reflective vests…you name it.

These aren’t required everywhere, but in certain tasks or areas, they’re as essential as your morning coffee. Amazon would give you and train you how to use your gear. Suit up properly, or you’ll get sent home.

Amazon Policy on Tattoos and Piercings

Tattoos

Most executives and HR professionals, like me, get that tattoos are a form of self-expression. You’re free to have visible tattoos at Amazon, too, as long as they aren’t offensive or inappropriate.

Some of my employees at UNIs Young Workers’ Lab have pretty big tattoos on their arms, and it has never been an issue. But if it’s something vulgar or hateful, they might ask you to cover it up, which is understandable.

Piercings

Piercings are pretty much fair game, too. Folks with nose, lip, and brow rings work there all the time, along with stretched ears and the like.

This is a perk of not dealing directly with customers, I guess. Just make sure any facial piercings don’t dangle too much to avoid accidents.

What to Wear to An Amazon Warehouse Interview

Prepare for An Interview

Don’t worry about the day-to-day dress code at Amazon when gearing up for a warehouse job interview there. There are no special rules. Just treat it as a normal interview.

In my experience, it’s best to come across as professional and polished from the start, regardless of the exact position. First impressions really stick with the hiring managers. So, even though the policy is more relaxing, take the extra step with typical business casual attire for your interview.

That said, no need to stress about looking overly formal. Candidates who show up in full suits and heels tend to feel out of place.

Stick to khakis or dress pants with a collared shirt or sweater. For women, a basic blouse or dress is perfect. Basically, look neat and tidy without going overboard.

If you don’t have business clothes handy, even dark jeans and a nice top or polo shirt work just fine. Comfortable closed-toed shoes you can walk and stand in easily are good choices, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Dress Code the Same at All Locations?

Pretty much, yes. They want consistency across locations.

There may be slight variations at certain warehouses. Safety regulations, nature of work, or regional norms could lead to small policy differences between sites. But the overall guidelines remain largely consistent.

Who Decides if an Item Follows or Violates the Amazon Fulfillment Center Dress Code?

Your supervisor makes the call on what crosses the line. It’s a good idea to clarify any questionable clothing with your manager ahead of time.

Are There Any Exceptions to The Dress Code?

There might be exceptions for medical or religious reasons. Talk to your supervisor if you need accommodation since exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis.

What Happens if Employees Don’t Follow the Dress Code for Warehouse Workers?

You may be asked to remove the problematic item if you can. Or you might get a point on Amazon’s penalty system. Too many points in a certain time frame can even get you terminated, so make sure to stick to the guidelines.

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Conclusion

Be prepared to follow Amazon’s workwear guidelines if you’re hoping to get a job at one of their warehouses.

It’s pretty reasonable, and you’ll still get to show off your sense of style. Just maybe leave the revealing crop tops or floor-length gowns at home. Show the hiring managers you’re willing to comply with the workplace rules, even regarding your wardrobe.


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Christina J Colclough

Christina J. Colclough

Dr Christina J. Colclough is an expert on The Future World of Work and the politics of digital technology advocating globally for the importance of the workers’ voice. She has extensive regional and global labour movement experience, is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach, and strategist advising progressive governments and worker organisations.

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