- As workers return to their offices, will we be in suits or sweatpants?
- Many people are re-examining their pre-pandemic clothing style to determine if their closets still reflect who they are now.
- Workers are likely to choose less formality and more casual norms.
Workplace style in 2020 during the pandemic took a dramatic shift towards casual attire. With many offices sitting empty, office dress codes became largely unnecessary.
For many workers who have spent the past year working from home, suits and dress shoes have been gathering dust in exchange for comfy pants, slippers, and the occasional dress top for Zoom calls.
Now, as many companies look towards a possible return to the office as vaccine distribution ramps up worldwide, will this more casual trend claim a place in the office as well? Or, will the fashion pendulum swing to the opposite end of the spectrum as people seek to shed their sweatpants for more luxe choices?
Even in the early months of the pandemic, many articles speculated that this could be the end of the office dress code — and some suggest it should be.
The “Zoom Shirt”
Work style experts shifted to providing insight on appropriate work from home attire as opposed to coordinating separates for the office. Clothing trends, as pointed out in this June 2020 New York Times article, included terms like “Zoom shirt” and “Mullet Dressing”, which highlighted the…