Mov­ing on From the state Court to a Busi­ness House

The HR Digest - - Workplace Culture -

Right from the 17th cen­tury, the trend of busi­ness suits be­came ac­cept­able for the work­place. This was be­cause the col­ors were such that they wouldn’t draw much at­ten­tion and the fit­ting of the ap­parel was im­pec­ca­ble in or­der to give a pro­fes­sional fin­ish. Of­fice at­tire was ini­tially treated as a uni­form but later with the ad­vent of fash­ion, th­ese suits got a touch of in­di­vid­u­al­ity as well. Af­ter around 200 years of their ori­gin, the de­sign of th­ese busi­ness suits un­der­went a stream­line. The usual dull col­ors were ac­com­pa­nied with var­i­ous shades of the same color fam­ily along with cuts and drapes that sig­ni­fied the fash­ion trends of that par­tic­u­lar age. This was fol­lowed by the 20th cen­tury busi­ness suits which moved over to the nov­elty of get­ting such at­tire specif­i­cally de­signed.

When we term some­thing as a busi­ness suit, it of­ten projects the of­fice at­tire of a man. The main rea­son be­hind this is that ini­tially only men were a part of any given pro­fes­sion. The 19th cen­tury was the time when one could no­tice the in­volve­ment of women in im­por­tant mat­ters. De­spite al­low­ing women to work, traces of ortho­dox were still vis­i­ble. This can be made out from the kind of cloth­ing women wore to work. Th­ese in­tel­lec­tual women were ex­pected to be cov­ered from head to toe, lit­er­ally. Women would wear long dresses to work which would be­gin from the neck and end at the feet. But as the em­pow­er­ment of women was given im­por­tance, so was their free­dom to se­lect what they wanted to wear to work. This re­sulted in women wear­ing the same kind of busi­ness suits as men to erad­i­cate any signs of in­equal­ity in terms of gen­der at the work­place. This in it­self was sym­bol­iza­tion about how times were evolv­ing and peo­ple gave more im­por­tance to work and not who wore what as long as it came un­der the busi­ness at­tire cat­e­gory.

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