CVS Dress Code (Shorts, Jeans, Hoodies, Tattoos, Hair Dye + More)

Most retail chains in the U.S. have a fixed dress code for employees which helps customers in easily identify staff in-store for help and fosters a sense of unity among the employees as well.

So if you’re applying for a job or have recently been hired at CVS, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the U.S., you may be wondering – what is CVS’s dress code? Here is everything I’ve found out!

CVS Dress Code

The CVS employee dress code includes black or tan colored pants and a store-provided CVS shirt for cashiers and front-of-store employees. Pharmacy technicians wear hospital scrubs, whereas pharmacists wear business casual clothes under their lab coats. All employees must wear neutral-colored closed-toe shoes and a nametag.

If you want to learn more about what to wear to a job interview at CVS, whether employees can wear shorts and jeans, and what is CVS’s policy regarding face piercings and tattoos, keep on reading!

What Is The Uniform For CVS Employees?

Cashiers and front-of-store employees wear the standard CVS uniform of black or tan colored pants, closed-toe shoes, and a CVS tee shirt or polo shirt.

Although the colors of the shirts vary depending on availability, the most common colors are dark blue and red.

Additionally, employees working as pharmacy technicians wear hospital scrubs and closed-toe shoes, while pharmacists must wear business casual clothes underneath their lab coats.

Other than that, all employees must wear a name tag on their uniforms.

What Should I Wear To An Interview At CVS?

According to this breakdown on Indeed, most candidates wore formal attire to their interviews at CVS.

Making an excellent first impression is vital to securing the job, so you should wear formal clothes such as a suit for your interview.

Can CVS Employees Wear Shorts?

CVS employees are not allowed to wear shorts as most stores are sufficiently cooled through air conditioning, especially during the summer.

However, individual stores may make exceptions for adverse heat conditions that make it difficult for employees to work wearing formal pants.

Can CVS Employees Wear Jeans?

Although some CVS stores tend to allow jeans depending on the leniency of store managers, the CVS employee dress code does not permit employees to wear jeans (even black ones).

Following this policy, employees are only allowed to wear trousers made with a synthetic material such as cotton.

Can CVS Employees Wear Hoodies?

CVS employees at some stores have reported that they are allowed to wear fleece, jackets, and cardigans during the winter months when stores are colder.

Other than that, zip-up hoodies are also allowed in some stores during colder months, as long as the name tag is placed outside the hoodie.

You should ask your colleagues or store manager about your store’s policy regarding hoodies and jackets during the winter to find out whether these are allowed.

What Shoes Can CVS Employees Wear?

According to the CVS employee dress code, shoes worn by the staff must be closed-toed and of a neutral color. Employees also report being advised to wear non-slip and comfortable shoes.

Additionally, sneakers in neutral colors are allowed, whereas footwear such as sandals, flip-flops, and any other open-toed shoes are prohibited across all CVS stores.

Note that some employees report more relaxed rules for footwear in terms of color, depending on the leniency of the store manager.

Can CVS Employees Dye Their Hair In Different Colours?

Can CVS Employees Dye Their Hair Unnatural Colours?

CVS employees have reported different reactions to them getting their hair dyed in various unnatural colors.

It appears that previously, CVS only allowed natural hair colors for its employees, but in more updated versions of its employee handbook, this rule has been removed from the policy.

If you are not sure whether the store you work in follows the updated policy, you can always check with your colleagues or the store manager.

Can CVS Employees Have Visible Tattoos?

CVS does not have an official policy regarding visible tattoos, with most employees reporting leniency in their store managers’ attitude to tattoos.

So while some may require employees to cover up visible tattoos, other store managers allow visible tattoos as long as they are not offensive or rude in any way.

Can CVS Employees Have Ear Piercings?

CVS employees are advised to wear limited jewelry, with some store managers limiting this to a pair of studs in the ears or small hoops.

However, as with tattoos, CVS store managers appear to vary in their attitude to piercings.

Can CVS Employees Have Facial Piercings?

According to various sources, the CVS employee handbook states that staff members are not permitted to have facial piercings.

However, many employees report a more relaxed attitude at most stores towards this. Check-in with your store manager to clear up your confusion.

Can CVS Employees Wear Artificial Nails?

Currently, CVS has no rules that stop employees from wearing artificial nails (such as acrylic nails) or nail polish.

However, artificial nails are expected to be kept at a reasonable length so employees can perform tasks effectively.

To learn more about working at CVS, you can see our related posts on the CVS bereavement policy, CVS break policy, and why CVS and Walgreens are always together.


CVS employees wear solid-color pants in tan or black, a store-provided tee shirt or polo shirt, and closed-toe shoes.

Variation in uniform occurs in different job roles, with pharmacy technicians wearing hospital scrubs and pharmacists wearing business casual under their lab coats.

Rules on piercings, tattoos, facial hair, and cosmetics vary depending on each store manager.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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