UPS Dress Codes

The Road Less Traveled

Written By: Gary Wonning

UPS has always had a very strict dress code. They wanted everyone to look neat and professional. I agree, I don’t particularly want someone coming to my door that looks like a bum, besides being a little creepy, it’s not professional.

Of course, the brown uniform was required. We also had to have short haircuts, no hair could touch the collar, no facial hair, except a mustache, the facial hairs couldn’t fall below the mouth, brown or black shoes, and brown socks. We did fudge on the brown socks and went with white, much to the dismay of the company.

It is just too hot for brown socks in the summer.

In the early days, they required us to wear a plastic brown bow tie in the winter and what we called a bus driver hat.

When I first became a UPS driver, (Parcel Redistribution Specialist), baseball hats were becoming the norm, but they still wanted us to wear the bus driver hat (straight out of the 40s) and bow tie in the winter. That really didn’t bode well with anyone, we would put the tie on until after we left the building and then take it off until we returned in the evening.

The bow ties and silly hat soon faded off into the sunset; can you imagine us wearing those bow ties, bus driver hat,and sexy shorts? Yeah, me neither.


capiture of a ups driver making a delivery

A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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photo of UPS plaque

The plaque located on the exact spot where UPS first began operations



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