I attended a conference in a city where a dear friend lived, so whilst I was there, my friend stopped by to see me. That day, my friend and I dressed alike, he, in his striped shirt with a pair of blue jeans and I, in a similar ensemble. I remember introducing my friend to my dad who was also attending the conference, all formally dressed up in his straight-cut trousers, well-pressed shirt and a tie. The introduction went as usual until my dad made a comment about the younger generation and their love for jeans. I, knowing my dad pretty well, knew he was about to give us a lecture on fashion, so I asked him what he really thought about jeans. He said that anytime he saw a pair of jeans he would always associate it with lumberjacking, and how it reminded him of the time when jeans were a symbol of rebellion among teenagers. We had a good laugh after his comment, but many years have passed since that day and I have not forgotten what he said.
I remember when you could only look formal in a suit and a tie. People walked around under the heat of the sun layered up in 3-piece suits just to look the part. But fashion evolves, and in the corporate world, we see it quite evidently. Many organizations are breaking trends and the status quo to allow appropriate clothing that takes to account the weather, the nature of the job and the brand of the organization.
In the 1700s, jeans were originally worn by workers of all kinds, from those who worked out in the field to those in factories, and this was because the sturdy material could withstand the wears and the tears it was susceptible to because of the kind of environment they were exposed to. Nowadays, many people would reach first for their pair of jeans because it is comfortable and sturdy at the same time. Is the corporate world ready to embrace this evolution and allow jeans to join the members of its prestigious dressing closet?
The fashion of the corporate world must continue to evolve with comfort and practicality taking centre stage. Its evolution could also consider pertinent issues like sustainability and climate change. Imagine chefs in aprons made from recycled plastic waste. This makes sense because these aprons would be much easier to wipe clean than a cotton apron that would need to be thrown in the wash, thus protecting the environment by using less water and encouraging recycling.
Fashion does evolve, including that of the corporate world. So, if you’re thinking of spicing up your corporate workwear, consider checking out our catalogue of fashion forward options by clicking HERE. Don’t get left behind.
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