The business attire dress code guide part 1

The business attire dress code guide

The business attire dress code guide part 1

Even if it is an unspoken dress code, it can often be required in traditional white-collar environments. If you know the business attire dress code, you are always appropriately dressed for client meetings, network meetings, board meetings, or general office occasions. You can wear it if you have to attend the funeral or if you are in court.

History of a business attire dress code:

Until a few decades ago, the only appropriate garment for the office used to be a suit, meaning a matching pair of pants and jacket made from the same fabric in a dark color. This was a solid, sometimes faint stripes, there was always a conservative suit with a white or light blue dress shirt and some form of neckwear such as a tie. At the turn of the century, business attire was really only worn by the elite. In the very early days, a black coat was the proper business attire with black pants or cashmere striped pants and white shirts and dark neckwear. Later on, the morning coat became more popular and then that was followed by the lounge suit. In the 1920s, suits, as we know them today, became more popular and the morning coat became outdated and was really only worn by very old gentlemen who were just stuck with their tradition. At that point in time, business suit fabrics were still quite heavy and offices were usually cooler which is why you would see many men wear a waistcoat, it just helped to keep them warmer. In the 1950s the styles changed, lapel widths changed, the width of the tie changed, but other than that, the basic core principles of dark suit, white or light blue shirt, tie, and black leather dress shoes, remained the same. In the 1980s and 1990s, the power suit became popular.