Definition of dress-down in US English:

dress-down

adjective

  • Relating to dress that is informal or less formal than would be expected.

    ‘his genius for casual, dress-down clothes’
    ‘at his company, ‘dress-down day’ lasts all week’
    • ‘In an exclusive interview, Fleisher, 37, said his open-collar, chino-wearing, dress-down days were over.’
    • ‘It was one of those unseasonably warm May days that prompts everyone to act like it's dress-down Friday.’
    • ‘The dress-down trend has been less than ideal, however, for makers of athletic shoes.’
    • ‘Seeing that he's an educated man, it must have been clear to him what was obvious to John Paul: Even in today's dress-down culture, the paraphernalia of office can be immensely powerful, but only if used with maturity and wisdom.’
    • ‘There is nothing better on a cold, fall/winter day, and turtlenecks are sophisticated and dressy enough to wear to the office for dress-down Fridays.’
    • ‘Apparently it was a dress-down day at her studio.’
    • ‘And Friday, for his company, like many companies was a dress-down day.’
    • ‘What started as an idea for an extra dress-down day has snowballed.’
    • ‘That would never have happened in the old days before dress-down Friday became a basic human right.’
    • ‘On dress-down Fridays half the tunnels' inhabitants are men wearing polo shirts tucked into chinos.’
    • ‘Forbes recently reported that the dress-down look is rapidly going out of fashion, with sales of high-end suits increasing by 30 per cent between 1999 and 2000.’
    • ‘They are all there to cope with everything from the smart-formal office to dress-down Friday.’
    • ‘The 28-year-old typically dresses in pants, button-down shirts, and sweaters for work, but says that many of her colleagues wrestle with their firm's current dress-down policy.’
    • ‘When Wall Street investment bankers and lawyers hold dress-down days at work, they dress like… golfers.’
    • ‘I asked if this was some special dress-down day and they all looked at me as if I were insane.’
    • ‘The very smartest establishments now dispense with proper dress codes in their dining rooms to accommodate dress-down golfers.’
    • ‘Add to that dress-down Fridays, fish-and-chips on Fridays and anything-goes on Fridays and it looks suspiciously like we're trying our best to work as close to a four-day week as possible.’
    • ‘This was what was really behind dress-down Friday and the turn against the tie and suit as appropriate attire for men.’
    • ‘It was generally the younger trendier folk, the ones who wander around in chocolate coloured trainers on dress-down Fridays, but this new faddish footwear had permeated my workplace without me noticing.’
    • ‘A number of fundraising events were organised by Trethowans prior to the challenge, including a dress-down day and an eBay-style auction.’