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The Evolution of Office Dress Codes

The Evolution of Office Dress Codes

As office dress codes have evolved over the decades, HR professionals have taken the responsibility to regulate dress code practices with some social standards. During the evolution of workplace dress codes, HR professionals have been able to recognize a constant increase in workplace happiness and productivity due to more informal and comfortable dress codes. Here, we will take a look at the evolution of these dress codes from its inception, and how it has changed and what it meant to Fashion at the workplace.

Early Days

The Evolution of Office Dress Codes

Those days an elegant officewear was something like flannel suits mainly in greyish tones and high waisted pants. A plain white button-down shirt under the suit was considered the norm. Striped ties were in fashion and contrast styled ties and cufflinks were the go-to ones for office wear. The complete look was provided with oxford shoes, this was primarily how the office dress code was in the '50s.

Then bright colours made an entry in this scene, Eye-catching patterns and slim fitted clothes made a transition from the '50s to '60s. Thin and short ties accompanied these patterns and colours. The pop culture and the musicians brought bright colours and patterns into existence.

The '70s to '90s

The Evolution of Office Dress Codes

At the start of 1970, for Men, it was still the suits that were in place concerning the office dress codes. The main evolution or change came in the form of wide lapels in the suits. Kipper ties were ruling till the late 70's around the world and it was incorporated in the office code. The cherry on top for 70's fashion is surely the bell-bottom pants or trousers. It ruled not only the office wear, but it was extensively used in movies. The 1980s were more of a retro style, with striped suits, and the pants were worn with suspenders.

It was in the '90s only where casual days were allowed and introduced in Office. Suits were baggy and plus-sized, and people were getting into balancing formal and business casual here. So, business casual was the norm in most of the offices in this period.

21st Century

The Evolution of Office Dress Codes

Enter 2000, it was a huge boost for Fashion. There were many Fashion movements and a lot of designers entered the scene. There were many Fashion nuances, new styles contributing to Fashion. The appearances mattered in the Office space. So, slim fit tailored suits were common. The suits were paired with solid colour shirts, to have a very professional look. Sneakers with lighter design elements made it to the Office space.

The modern-day has seen many changes. The time taken to choose the clothes for work has increased. There is a concept of clothes you wear for an important meeting to casual wear that is allowed in offices. Most offices are ok with casuals that are not too bright and look odd. A separate wardrobe for office has become a trend, and people are experimenting more with accessories that are appropriate for work.

So, we have seen the evolution and these points. It is good to move in this direction as long as people can be productive and comfortable in what work they are doing. If comfortable clothes can make them fruitful and make them look confident, then the codes can be altered in any way.


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