The Fall Of The Business Suit – Cheddar Explains

by birtanpublished on September 2, 2020

In the early 1920s the modern business suit began appearing in offices as the century progressed Styles modified slightly but it largely remained formal it wasn't until the 1980s and 90s that office attire started to trend towards business casual now fast-forward to 2019

Fifty percent of reported companies allow for casual wear in the office which is up for the 32 percent reported in 2014 here at cheddar we have a casual dress code so it's up to employee discretion

On what to wear well normally I just wear what I would wear any other day jeans a t-shirt or a tank top I normally wear sweater jeans a good amount of athleisure I usually come to work with jeans and a knit top and sneakers

However some take this freedom a little too far though so how did we get from buttoning up suits to slipping on t-shirts it can actually be tied back to a series of events catalyzed by one single shirt

In Hawaii in the late 1940s the city of Honolulu was searching for a way to give relief to employees during the hot summer months as well as attract tourists so it launched a campaign called Aloha Week which encourage

Workers to wear aloha attire for an entire week each year in the 1960s one man took it a step further Wilson Cannon jr. the president of the Bank of Hawaii began coming to work in a loja shirt every Friday the Hawaiian

Fashion guild took notice and launched a campaign to promote the extended tradition by shipping aloha shirts to members of the government an order for the idea to gain traction was instated because of guilt of you know

Manufacturers and people who sold Hawaiian shirts on the islands and they wanted to sell more shirts what I think is interesting about it is that it kind of came from a sort of capitalist vantage point of wanting to sell

Products that didn't come from wanting to make workers happy or give people expression the effort was successful I know loja Fridays were officially introduced in 1966 the tradition even inspired

This popular song called Aloha Friday meanwhile the mainland slowly took notice of this new trend starting in Silicon Valley the Aloha shirt became popular on the west coast as tourists

And soldiers brought them back from Hawaii hewlett-packard had begun its own version of Aloha Friday's this tradition of informality originally began in the 1950s as a beer bust where HP employees could crack open a beer at the end of a

Friday shift over the years this ritual involved and what was called blue sky days workers were allowed to dressed casually at the end of the week the company also encouraged employees to use this time to be more innovative and

Craft new ideas at the same time there was a new population beginning to emerge within the workplace that's when women start to enter the workforce you can't have a uniformity of gray flannel suits anymore when all of a sudden women are

Walking around and it's considered taboo for a woman to be in a pantsuit what are women gonna wear how are they gonna blend in they automatically add a diversity their diversity of wardrobe diversity of clothing this diversity of

Wardrobe encouragement to break away from the norm and in the 1980s this meant khakis and a button-down by the early 1990s the trend of casual wear in the office had made its way to the East Coast but without any official

Guidelines it caused confusion amongst workers and some dress and appropriately Rick Miller who was working in public relations for Dockers said quote people were showing up in Hawaiian print shirts or sandals and shorts frankly there were

Concerns on the part of management the work might become too much fun the levi strauss company spotted this as an opportunity to launch a unique marketing campaign in 1992 the company sent out a brochure titled a guide to business

Casual wear to 25-thousand HR managers throughout the country it featured tips such as keep wrinkled stained or dirty clothing out of the workplace and casual does not mean sloppy you can dress casually and look

Professional the brochure pictured several different outfit ideas that included Dockers and Levi's jeans in order to promote their brand Levi's claims that this eventually evolved into was now known as casual

Fridays by 1995 a survey by Evans revealed that 9 out of 10 companies allowed for casual wear at least once a week it became increasingly evident that sporting a suit didn't necessarily mean success in

The workplace that means we just dress like we would at home but you're not at home no we did this casual Friday so yeah I know and you told me that already what are you doing casual Friday we're just coming into our work but we dress

Casually Steve Jobs wore turtlenecks and Mark Zuckerberg was down in sweaters in 2016 JP Morgan the largest US bank by assets implemented a business casual dress code for all employees workers no longer had to wear suits and pant suits

And could Don khakis and polos Goldman Sachs a well-known Wall Street firm followed suit in 2019 it looks like the trend of casual wear in the workplace is here to stay major companies such as Google and

Twitter offer a casual dress code option in the past both companies have been ranked on some of the best places to work list it's no surprise that employees appreciate flexibility within the office in fact 33% of employees said

They would turn down a drop off or quit if there was a conservative dress code required an additional 33 percent said they would rather have a casual dress code than 5,000 extra dollars in annual pay I think we're now at a point where

Clothing is more about identity than being appropriate in giving scenarios office dress codes at their core are about this idea of appropriate what is and what isn't appropriate it looks like the trend of casual wear

In the workplace is here to stay the traditional 95 schedule is also changing new research shows that one in five employees work remotely and more than half had the option in fact 43% of workers stated they would rather work

From home whether it's working from home summer fridays or unlimited vacation progressing towards a more casual office environment appears to be key in attracting talent so the next time you pick out a pair of

Jeans and t-shirt from your closet for work just remember your outfit choice was inspired by the simple tradition of the Hawaiian shirt what are your thoughts on an office dress code have these changes gone too far

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