Our basic concept for how players characters dress is based on how actual lobbyists dress in the European Parliament. Basically, if the security guys think you look normal when you come into the building, you’re good.
To help with this, we’ve compiled a moodboard of images that’ll give you an idea of what we’re going for. Check it out here.
You can also check out this blog post about how to dress if you work in the European Union.
The dress code for the Commission (and, from what I have seen so far, this applies to the other European Institutions) is described as smart casual. Which means you don’t have to dress up in a very formal way, but you’re also not supposed to come up with shorts and sneakers. Although I have seen people wearing jeans or leggings with short sweaters (and we all know leggings are not pants!) and of course no-one will say anything to them, but I personally do not find it work appropriate and would not appear here dressed that way. Usually women wear straight-legged pants or pencil skirts with a shirt and a cardigan or a blazer on top. Not too bright colors, everything in the tones of black, blue, brown, grey, cream, white and then maybe one piece or accessory a bit more colorful to top it up. Most women wear boots, flats or shoes, but some of them dare to come up in high-heels (a minority, though).
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Strasbourg is a maze of stairs and the Brussels ASP building is very stretched out so consider yourself warned on wearing high heels and pencil skirts in which you can only take small steps. I haven’t seen more than a handful of sneakers during my time but flats will do fine.