is turning its back on casual dressing in favour of more traditional office
attire, according to in the sixth annual Aziz Management Communications Index.
per cent of UK company directors consider a suit the most appropriate clothing
for the office, a notable increase on last year’s findings.
number of respondents who feel casual dress is the most suitable attire for the
workplace dropped from 56 per cent to 45 per cent.
more than half of UK directors allow staff to wear casual dress on certain
days, such as dress-down Friday.
proportion of employers that require staff to wear formal dress at all times
has increased to 29 per cent from 21 per cent last year.
one quarter of companies allow staff to dress casually all the time compared to
more than a third last year.
Aziz, chairman of the Aziz Corporation, said: "In today’s uncertain
economic climate many employees are finding that dressing well implies they are
more business-like, focused and professional.
no-one is leaving anything to chance – they are covering their backs and are not
giving employers any reason to find fault with them and this extends as far as
the dress code too."