Wall Street’s new dress code sends clear message: Be what you want to be! 

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Published: March 12, 2019 6:36:36 PM

A Yale study in 2014 brought out some interesting findings citing how those dressed poorly compared to those wearing suits clinched less valuable deals in terms of average profit.

Wall Street, Wall Street dress code, Monday morning blues, Twitter , Yale T-shirts , branded denims , chinos, workplace dress, office wearThe responses to Wall Street’s Twitter poll were plenty, however, the win-win choice turned out to be hoodies and sneakers! Now if this surprises you, wait for the second big favourite – suits!

For many corporate professionals, Monday morning blues usually begin with the inevitable question, “What to wear?” Many corporate employees plan their work wear the beginning of the week based on the meetings and work related appointments they have, followed by a slight relaxation on dress code as they move towards the ‘Friday dressing’ bit. Recently, Wall Street had pinned a poll to its Twitter account that asked what its employees should wear since the organisation has relaxed its dress code.

The responses to Wall Street’s Twitter poll were plenty, however, the win-win choice turned out to be hoodies and sneakers! Now if this surprises you, wait for the second big favourite – suits!
Yes, you read it correctly. The indications from Wall Street’s poll sends out a clear signal – casual dressing is no longer taboo, formal dressing is no longer mandatory to walk the corridors of power and influence at the workplace. What you wear is increasingly an extension of your personality and you can choose how to
A Yale study in 2014 brought out some interesting findings citing how those dressed poorly compared to those wearing suits clinched less valuable deals in terms of average profit. The basis of the Yale study had relied on 128 men and they were made participants to mock negotiations of buying and selling. In real life, it can be argued that the variables may be completely different and unique to the nature of the enterprise and the transaction itself.

A more sensible approach would be to adopt a more out-of-the-box approach when it comes to dress codes rather than be swayed by studies and research.
Over the past few decades, companies in India have also been relaxing the rule on dress codes for their employees. Smart casual wear has slowly been picking up as a preferred trend, with employees opting to wear T-shirts and branded denims or chinos, rather than wear stiff, formal clothes at the workplace.
A non-conformist work culture is shaping up across diverse workplaces and daring to look different seems to be a win-win formula for employees and employers at the workplace. Simply put, be what you want to be and dress the way you like.

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