Office attire has changed drastically in the last couple of years, with many offices changing from suit and tie, to dress down Friday, to a daily casual dress code. However, with the many options of jeans, t shirts and hotpants comes great responsibility, and I wasn’t surprised to read that a lot of people prefer a uniform.
Being a previous dress code offender myself, I can see both sides to this.
On the one hand, it’s nice to know your boundaries, however recently there have been some questionable dress codes.
There was recently a case put forward to the government because certain work places were enforcing a “women must wear heels and makeup in the office” dress code.
Other dress codes that have hit the news include:
- No red bra’s
- Men having to have a haircut once a month
- Suggesting the best perfume to wear
- Men to invest in a steam iron
Quite frankly I love our dress code policy – Don’t wear anything that would upset your parents!
People who work for the recruitment industry feel most under pressure to impress through the clothes they wear. This finding emerged from a study by personalised clothing retailer Banana Moon of over 2,000 people in full or part-time employment about their workplace attire. The survey found that while half (53 per cent) of respondents no longer have a formal uniform at work, over a third (36 per cent) feel judged on what they wear and over a quarter (29 per cent) still struggle to find clothes that are suitable to wear in the office.