“How do you stand out if everybody’s trendy? The only way is to be beyond the trend.”
There has been a rising trend of “business casual” work environments, and a change to what’s socially acceptable in the business world. Instead of dressing up in the “white colar uniform” on a daily basis, people are re-defining their look to tell the world that they have something unique to offer beyond the traditional business person. With the economic low, professionals are realizing that they have to make themselves stand out in new and unique ways. One of these ways, is through fashion.
It is now commonplace in many offices to wear jeans, if not sweatshirts (take, for example, Mark Zuckerburg’s well-known ensemble of a tee and hoodie with jeans), and the idea of a professional outfit is now not so black-and-white (or any other combination of neutrals, for that matter). Women wear shorter, less structured skirts and larger jewelry, while men who wear neckties are far less commonplace.
As we continue to blur the line between what is fashionable and what is office appropriate, it takes a unique professional to walk the line and really stand out from the crowd.
(Source: New York Times “Power of Apparel: A Look That Conveys a Message”)