When of­fice at­tire was uni­form in ALL sec­tors

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What be­gan as an ac­cept­able dress code in the royal court of any king­dom went on to be­come the of­fi­cial at­tire for peo­ple in­dulging in any kind of pro­fes­sion. As the need for man­u­fac­tur­ing of prod­ucts and pro­fes­sional ser­vices in­creased, this gave rise to the in­crease in the num­ber of pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions as well. This means that as hu­man­ity pro­gressed and the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion came into be­ing, the peo­ple ex­pected prod­ucts or even ser­vices of a high qual­ity. As we have of­ten heard, de­mands give rise to the sup­plies. This is what hap­pened in terms of pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions as well.

No or­ga­ni­za­tion can sur­vive with­out its work­force. This is what led to the in­crease in the work­ing class. As pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions started tak­ing shape, the re­cruit­ment process for this also be­gan. Re­cruit­ment was not the way it is cur­rently, it mainly was pick­ing up peo­ple you knew and trusted upon. Th­ese peo­ple would then be trained to do the job. At times, an ex­pert in the field was hired

to train the rest of the peo­ple. As th­ese peo­ple were new to the pro­fes­sional world, they pre­ferred stick­ing to the dress code which they have seen all their lives. This was the time when dis­cussing the of­fice dress code was not even an op­tion. If you stated that you are off to work, it was un­der­stood that you will be dressed in a busi­ness suit or a long dress ad­her­ing to the ac­cept­able color tones with­out any hint of ob­scen­ity. This changed with fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of pro­fes­sions.

As peo­ple gained more in­sight about var­i­ous pro­fes­sions, th­ese pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions were seg­re­gated on the ba­sis of their fields of ex­per­tise. As this hap­pened, the com­pa­nies be­came more flex­i­ble with the ac­cept­able work­place be­hav­ior. Also, they be­gan dress­ing ac­cord­ing to their re­spec­tive job roles. Upon know­ing more about each pro­fes­sion and what kind of du­ties it will con­sist of, the of­fice at­tire be­came such which por­trays the duty you ful­fill. The evo­lu­tion of of­fice at­tires re­moved the uni­for­mity and in­tro­duced a sep­a­rate iden­tity for ev­ery pro­fes­sion. This gave rise to the trend wherein one could guess what an in­di­vid­ual does on the ba­sis of the clothes he is wear­ing. By this time, the im­por­tance of phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance with the right level of com­fort had also been es­tab­lished.

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