It’s official. Looking good at work can get you places. Or at least it might stop your work colleagues gossiping about your outfit choice. According to new research, looking smart is still a top priority for today’s modern professional. In a recent poll, carried out by One Poll on behalf of the UK government initiative ‘Business is GREAT Britain’, the British office workers questioned admitted they felt a pressure to dress smart from nine to five, for fear of being judged on their performance.
44% of those polled also admitted that they often judged colleagues on their office attire, with ripped jeans, too short, short skirts and branded t-shirts headlining the checklist of serious sartorial faux pas.
Wales was revealed to be home to the highest number of office fashion critics – with 50% admitting to judging fellow workers on their choice of work wear. Among the least judgmental regions was the South West with only 38.7% taking colleagues at clothes value and the laid-back East Midlands, where only 27% of those polled said they would make any kind of sartorial judgement.
Top of the best-dressed business leader list was Lord Alan Sugar, followed by Richard Branson, Interior design entrepreneur Kelly Hoppen and Dragon’s Den investor, Peter Jones. The results suggest that Britain may well still be a nation of traditionalists, with over two thirds of workers still opting for tailoring – a suit or smart casual look for work and only one in ten of us brave enough to wear whatever we want.
What do you wear to work? Are you immaculately polished or do you prefer to keep it casual?
If sharp tailoring is your preferred look for work then make sure you check out our Guide to Men’s Tailoring, for all you need to know when purchasing a new suit.
About Business is GREAT
The Business is GREAT campaign aims to build confidence in small businesses across the country, and match their potential for success with the services that can help them grow, hire, lead and export.
To find out more about how you can grow your business today visit www.greatbusiness.gov.uk
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