Dressing up the Workplace
There was a recent blog by a colleague on how much harder it is for women to find affordable work-appropriate clothing in today’s legal and business world. I completely agree. I think that back in the day (about seven years ago), when firms and businesses started the trend towards “business casual” clothing, it always was an easier transition for males. While women struggled to go from suits to less formal alternatives, men could simply put on khakis and a button-down shirt (essentially, what a man would possibly wear out to a nice dinner) and be all set. Some women I know even “rebelled” against the forced casual nature by continuing to wear suits most days. Most younger male lawyers, of course, embraced the new trend.
That said, perhaps it is time for more “equality.” Perhaps firms and businesses should go back towards a more formal environment in terms of attire, requiring suits for male and female lawyers alike. I actually find that I often do more work and seem more professional when wearing a suit than in more “relaxed” clothing.
It’s just a thought, and it’s likely that firms won’t go back to the “old” ways any time soon. But at the very least, it would be a lot easier to pick out what to wear in the morning.