Nixing the nylons: Mayo Clinic will no longer require employees wear hosiery

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In the medical world, the Mayo Clinic is known to have a strict dress code for its thousands of employees. If they're not in surgical scrubs, they're in business attire.

This requirement – sometimes called "Mayo wear" – is done to make employees look professional and trustworthy, and it has been written about by various publications, including the Harvard Business School and The Atlantic.

But now that dress code will be changing – slightly – just in time for the hot summer months.

Hosiery has been required at all times to cover exposed legs and feet, the Mayo Clinic's Dress and Decorum Policy says. But starting Friday, the Mayo Clinic will no longer require that hosiery be worn in the summer months, KTTC says, so long as women are still dressed professionally.

This decision is welcomed for some women who have been campaigning for the change for years.

"You would not believe how excited people are," Danielle Teal, a senior web production specialist, told KTTC. "I mean, it's definitely a reference to the Braveheart 'Freedom!', you know? You want to yell it out, run around and throw your pantyhose out the window."

While some are happy to nix the nylons in their wardrobe, others told KTTC they'll continue to wear them either because they have pale legs or prefer people to wear hosiery while at work.

The Mayo Clinic released a statement to BringMeTheNews regarding the change:

"Our employees’ attire and behavior reflect the high standard of professionalism in the Mayo Clinic model of care. Dress & Decorum guidelines help Mayo Clinic employees understand expectations concerning appearance and conduct, to ensure that our patients feel welcome, respected, comfortable and safe. While the policy is changing, employees are still expected to project a professional appearance and demeanor."

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For a look back at how doctors dressed, this past January, the Mayo Clinic did a "throwback Thursday" on its blog to 1972, when the clinic had a committee to go over appropriate attire for both men and women.

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