Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

Jeffrey Sanchez-BurksSweatpants? Jeans? Onesies that look like business suits? Work clothes aren’t what they used to be, according to a Sept. 19 article in Marketplace. Although some industries still want clothes to communicate expertise and tradition—think medical and finance—fewer businesses are using dress codes to signal the division between work and home, said ISR researcher Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. “One of the things you find is a trend of trying to blur this boundary more—part of it’s a generational shift, part of it’s a cultural shift.” In fact, a casual or unorthodox dress code can be one way for a business to show its verve and creativity. “By breaking people’s expectations you’re literally signaling a sense that something new is to be learned, you’re trying to accomplish something that’s not necessarily mainstream, you’re focusing on issues from a new perspective, you’re signaling a break from tradition,” Sanchez-Burks said.