Whether or not the traditional corporate dress code is dead is up for debate. Certain industries like technology and creative professions have eschewed the “executive” look for decades. A pictorial representation of the shift explains the changes the best.
The pictures illustrate the stark contrast between styles. The business formal attire emphasizes sleek tailoring, a formal dress suit, tie, and jacket. However, the second picture demonstrates the mix and match of corporate casual. The shirt is business formal, but is dressed down with jeans, boots, and informal jacket. Business casual is a potpourri of the best practices of formal attire and preppy casual wear.
This evolution is the result of changes in the market. Jobs became more remote, requiring less face time with customers. Millennial talent is looking for a more relaxed job experience, including dress codes. Finally, society has become less formal overall, making overall codes and etiquette rules passe.
Unfortunately, many professionals don’t strategically cultivate their sartorial image. This can cost them customers, promotions, and jobs. This post is the first part of a “master class” in making over your professional image.