What’s the Costco Dress Code? Here’s EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Updated November 20, 2023 by Kyle James
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Costco is by no means a fancy or super luxurious big box store. With that being said, Costco is still a store that requires its employees to be professional, this includes what employees wear to work. If you’re thinking about applying, or about to start your job, understanding the Costco dress code is important. The last thing you want to do is get in trouble for what you wear to work. Read on to learn everything you need to know about their current dress code.

What's the Costco Dress Code? Here's EVERYTHING You Need to Know

What Exactly is the Costco Dress Code?

Although Costco doesn’t really have a clear-cut dress code policy other than “clean, professional, and neat”, in general, Costco’s dress code is flexible.

Here’s a breakdown of what we could find about the Costco dress code online.

– You cannot wear anything with holes, rips, tears, or fringes.

– No tank tops or sleeveless shirts.

– No t-shirts, hoodies, or any shirt without a collar.

– No workout clothing.

– No shorts, scandals, or short skirts.

In general, employees generally wear some sort of collared shirt with slacks or jeans.

It’s also important to note that some dress codes may vary slightly based on the Costco management in your area.

Will Costco Make Me Wear a “Uniform”?


Costco does not have a specific “uniform” that employees must wear each shift.

Costco’s dress code policy is rather lenient in what you can wear given it’s professional and not inappropriate.

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Can I Wear Jeans?


You can indeed wear jeans to work as a Costco employee and the DON’T have to be Kirkland jeans.

Can I Wear a T-Shirt or Do I Need a Collar?

It appears that Costco prefers their employees to wear a collared shirt.

However, you may be able to get away with wearing a plain t-shirt depending on what Costco location you work at.

Can I Wear a Hat to Work?

Employees are only allowed to wear hats that have the Costco Wholesale logo on it.

Employees can also wear any religious head coverings, like a hijab or turban to work.

Can Parking Lot Attendants Wear Hats?


Costco parking lot attendants can wear hats as long as it’s a Costco Wholesale hat.

The hat also cannot be worn backward.

This one varies by location as I’ve seen lot attendant wear floppy hats (without a Costco logo) on hot summer days in my town.

Does Management at Costco Dress Differently?

If you are a manager at Costco, it doesn’t seem like you need to dress any differently than other warehouse employees.

However, if you’re a corporate Costco employee, you must wear more business casual clothing.

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Can I Wear Vans or Do I Need Nicer Shoes?


You can wear Vans or any other more comfortable shoe or sneaker.

You can also wear nicer shoes or dress shoes if you want, but this is not required.

What If My Nose or Lip is Pierced?

You can wear a nose or lip piercing most likely at most Costco locations.

However, dress code rules may vary by location.

If you work in the food section you’ll likely be expected to remove piercings while at work.

What If I Have a Big Tattoo on My Neck?

Visible tattoos, like having a big neck tattoo, and whether you are allowed to show your tattoo varies by location.

For the most part, as long as your tattoo is not disturbing or inappropriate in any way, your tattoo should not be an issue.

Can I Have Tattoos Showing on My Forearm?


Again, for the most part, showing tattoos on your forearm is fine; however, this MAY vary based on location.

While tattoos are becoming more mainstream these days, it’s important to remember that some Costco managers are stricter than others when it comes to body ink.

That being said, as long as your tattoos are not offensive or inappropriate in any way, you shouldn’t have any issues.

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Can I Have Mohawk or Crazy Haircut?

For the most part yes, you can have a mohawk or “crazy” haircut given it’s within the standards of being clean and professional.

Because Costco’s dress code policies range based on location, consider checking with your manager first if you’re considering doing a major haircut change that you think may go against their policy.

What Should I Wear to My Costco Interview?

Consider dressing business casual to your Costco interview.

This includes slacks and a polo shirt for men, and dress pants and a blouse for women.

Ask the Reader: Do you work at Costco and want to correct something in my article? Please do so I can set the record straight for everyone. Drop a comment below.

By Kyle James


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