Office attire has gone through many evolutions in the past few decades, from mandated dress codes to the exceptional casual Fridays to wide-open, wear-what-you-will environments.
With all these wardrobe changes, you'd think it wouldn't matter anymore what a person wore to the office. But two articles in The Business Review (Albany) this week reveal that attire is of utmost importance:
The first argues that job candidates must conform to a conservative business style;
The second discusses the dress code dilemma companies face in a diverse apparel world, including whether to allow jeans, and how strict to make the guidelines among employees who have direct contact with customers.
What is the dress code in your company? How important is it to your overall business success?