WORK­PLACE CUL­TURE

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How of­fice at­tires have evolved over the years

Right from the time the con­cept of work­ing in a struc­tured space with a group of peo­ple who are work­ing to­wards achiev­ing the same goal as you are came into light, there came a dress code along with it. This ide­ol­ogy was in or­der to show that all those peo­ple are a part of the same team and also there must be cer­tain deco­rum when it comes to a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment. Of­fice at­tire is very of­ten linked to fash­ion trends in the given pe­riod. This is ob­vi­ously true as peo­ple tend to wear what is trend­ing at the given time but there is much more depth in this con­cept. The other as­pect is of­ten left un­no­ticed as peo­ple usu­ally fail to look at that side of the story.

If we board a time ma­chine and go back in time to see how of­fice at­tires did evolve over the years, we will also have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the fact that the scope of pro­fes­sions was ex­tremely lim­ited back then. Go­ing back to the Vic­to­rian era for ex­am­ple, peo­ple claimed to be self suf­fi­cient. They would grow their own crop, milk their own cows, and sew their own clothes. There­fore you can get an idea that there weren’t many pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions that were func­tion­ing. Dur­ing an aris­to­cratic rule, there were mainly two kinds of pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions; one was the state’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and the other was the army. When you are a part of the court of a par­tic­u­lar ruler, it is manda­tory to carry your­self with the same level of dig­nity. This is why it was es­sen­tial to dress well for the peo­ple in­volved in the ad­min­is­tra­tion. On the other hand, any kind of army has al­ways had a dress code for var­i­ous prac­ti­cal rea­sons. Th­ese two prac­tices mainly gave rise to the con­cept of par­tic­u­lar of­fice at­tire.

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