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Suits falling out of favour at work

Just one in 10 people now wear a suit to work, with a more relaxed dress code seen to be good for staff morale and productivity, according to a new study.

A survey among 1,000 adults found that around one in three only wore formal clothes to work when they had to attend a meeting.

Online bank first direct said its research found there had been a significant shift from the "suited and booted" stereotype of a British worker, with two out of five wearing jeans at least once a week and only one in five regularly wearing a tie.

Two out of three of those questioned said they believed dressing informally for work will become increasingly acceptable.

Brightly-coloured nails, quirky hairstyles and even displaying tattoos were said to be part of the new attitude to Britain's workplace uniform.

Paul Say, first direct's head of marketing, said: "The research shows that in terms of their appearance, British employees are becoming ever more liberated. A third of workers say a casual dress code would boost productivity and nearly two thirds feel it would ultimately make them happier.

"Although formal attire is appropriate in some industries, perhaps it's time to start encouraging self-expression and colour within the workplace."


From Belfast Telegraph