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Remote working has undoubtedly affected work attires, but even if some of us return to our offices, some work-from-home dress codes could be here to stay!
We have observed that formal dress codes have entirely modified amid pandemic. People were seen attending meetings in pyjamas, handling clients in sweat pants and whatnot. According to the market research group NPA’s poll, just 10% of individuals prefer to get dressed when working from home at the beginning of their day and change back to comfy pyjamas as soon as their working shifts are about to end.
As a matter of fact, most of us are now relying on what they called a “Zoom-shirt” (obviously you don’t need a fancy pant for video conferencing). To our surprise, “zoom-shirt” is also now added in the dictionary. The urban dictionary defines it as “a shirt or blouse that’s kept on the back of your desk chair to quickly be presentable for video conferences”.
Well, tough times call for better solutions, and we present you the “zoom-shirt.”
Linkedin started a poll and found that about 42% of homeworkers usually own one.
“It allows you to retain an image of professionalism on camera without having to get killed out in full office attire when you’re sitting at your kitchen table all days,” says director at Debrett’s, Rupert Wesson.
He continues, “Dressing in a formal manner helps you look and feel more polished. It conveys respect for others. A study actually found that employees were more productive when the casual dress was permitted. The ‘Zoom Shirt’ supports the idea.”
As much as the initiative looks appealing, other companies have also jumped on the bandwagon and established new dress code policies.
Founder of AmpliPhi, a social media strategy company, has a work attire that includes shorts, “more often than not”, a Zoom shirt and no shoes.
“It’s a long sleeve button up in medium blue and shows up well on camera,” he says. “I really enjoy these shirts and they dress up or down well. They are not cheap but definitely worth it.”
The current situation has changed people’s perception about dress codes, more particularly for formal dressing style. We are now inclined towards pared-down wardrobes and simplicity. It’s fair to say “Outfit of the day” is not relevant in the pandemic-stricken world.
“I think the pandemic has caused many consumers to rethink how they consume and get dressed each day,” says Ashley Rickett, Luxe manager from online consignment and thrift shop thredUP.
By the time everything goes back to normal and we’ll return to our offices, expect to see the biggest change in the fashion industry and the overall working norms.
In fact, we will soon see designers making a profit from this mayhem and selling the most expensive “zoom shirt” ever, and yes the branded “facemask” to go with it!