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The New Business Attire

June 4, 2010

Growing up, if I played make believe, I pretended to go to work. Did you really think I would pretend to do anything else?  Of course, I would throw on a suit. Most of the time I pretended I was a lawyer.

I tell this short story because I always assumed when I entered the work world every male would wear a suit. However, that has changed. After observing the attire at all my past jobs, all my past internships, people on lunch breaks and people in the morning commute, I have noticed that business attire is now business casual and sometimes even just casual.

I personally alternate between business casual and casual because I am obsessed with ties. Ties to me are like shoes to women. Maybe I land on the casual option a bit more often because I love wearing jeans.

This liberal change in attire sparked a thought—your type of clothing does not determine productivity. Even though everyone is not dressed to meet the President, the work ethic does not change. I think I like the idea of feeling comfortable at work. I believe I produce more valuable work because I feel relaxed in my clothing—in turn, I feel comfortable in my surroundings.

I am so lucky I have been able to wear jeans at my internships. Of course, I keep my look hott and fresh and not a sloppy mess. I hope when I obtain a real job, I can continue on this path. If more places of work make working more enjoyable and comfortable for employees, I am sure productivity will rise.

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