Office dress code: Does it matter and what should you be allowed to wear to work? (From This Is Local London)
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Office dress code: Does it matter and what should you be allowed to wear to work?
11:02am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
DOES a workplace dress code still matter in this day and age, and what are the rules where you work?
A recent YouGov survey of office workers for clothing brand Original Penguin found some liberal attitudes to workwear.
Around a quarter of people said they could wear shorts, flip flops and vest tops to work.
Many people thought they should be able to wear these casual items in the office, with more than a third stating shorts should be acceptable attire.
This figure rose to more than half among 18 to 24-year-olds, with younger office workers being more relaxed about what they should be allowed to wear.
Martin Burton, e-commerce manager at Original Penguin, said: "Clothes are an integral part of the way we express ourselves, and with today's offices generally being a bit less formal than those of our forebears, it's perhaps not surprising that younger workers are more likely to expect to be able to wear what they want.”
Among the survey’s other findings was the greater freedom for women when getting dressed for work, with much higher percentages of women than men allowed to wear informal clothes such as flip-flops and shorts.
Do you think a workplace dress code is important? Should workers who deal with customers face-to-face still be expected to dress traditionally smartly? Are there strict rules on workwear where you’re employed? Add your comments below.
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