The rise of the gig economy has put the traditional idea of the office in a constant state of evolution. As co-working spaces become mainstream, the regular nine-to-five is being redefined for a new generation – and with it, the “corporate dress code”. Add to that, the modern demise of dress codes in general, (think: athleisure, sequins for day and sneakers with just about everything) and suddenly the daily grind is a sartorial minefield. The sheer number of workplace dress codes available is indicative of serious and widespread confusion.
In the United States, following Hillary Clinton during the last election campaign was made easier by Googling “pantsuit” as opposed to “presidential candidate”. Then, last year, a female journalist was denied entry into the US Speaker’s Lobby for revealing her shoulders. And in London, a female employee was sent home from her job at consultancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers for refusing to wear high heels.
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