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Millennials Worry About Their Workplace Fashion Choices

Do you instinctively know what to wear to work? If not, welcome to the club because a new OfficeTeam survey reveals many employees are flummoxed by modern workplace fashion!

You dress at work like you're working from home


We don't understand the dress code at our workplace, we don't know if our outfit falls into the "workplace appropriate" category, and a lot of us would rather wear a uniform to make everything easier!

OfficeTeam surveyed 390 adult U.S. employees. Slightly more than four in 10 (41%) admit to sometimes feeling unsure whether their fast fashion outfit is appropriate for work. They don't know if they're making the right choice, but they wear it anyway. Then you look across the open office environment to see one of these colleagues in ripped jeans, a Hawaiian shirt and retro Doc Martins. Management doesn't say anything, so it must be okay?

Before you know it, your children are asking why there's a surf board in the closet, and you explain that it's something called "an ironing board". You used it back in the old days, before you wore meme t-shirts and relaxed wear jeans to work.

Casual Friday Creep
Why is my mind suddenly drifting to the HBO show, Silicon Valley? To me, it represents how the 21st Century employee dresses for work when every day is Casual Friday. When it comes to workplace fashion, are you an Erlich Bachman or a Donald 'Jared' Dunn? Are you a Richard Hendricks or a Dinesh Chugtai? Are you a Bertram Gilfoyle or a Gavin Belson? Are you a Monica Hall or a Laurie Bream or a Carla Walton?


The fashion conundrums created by Casual Friday creep must be getting to us, since 48% of those surveyed would prefer to wear a uniform to work. Just tell me what to wear, and I'm there. We like our casual wear for the comfort factor, but we also need periodic policy input from management so we don't go too far. Styles change, fashion evolves, employees wonder: can I wear this to work?


The most intriguing finding, in my opinion? More than half of Millennials surveyed (56%) think it would be cool to have a formal dress code at work! The Millennials, in fact, are most likely to feel unsure about their workplace fashion choices.

Managers need to update employees on what not to wear, since nearly one-fourth surveyed (23%) think their company doesn't provide enough detail about it. That's why your co-worker wore smelly old flip flops paired with footless fishnet tights to work today. Because nobody said no. At least it's a step up from yoga pants?

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