Work Places Staying Casual

Oct 12, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Those who were pleased with Target’s decision to require more formal attire in the workplace and were hoping it was the beginning of a trend are likely to be disappointed with the findings of a new study from Retail Forward.

According to the firm’s ShopperScape survey of primary shoppers in 4,000 U.S. households, only 10 percent of respondents said they are seeing a move to more formal attire in their workplace outside the home.

The Chicago Tribune reports suit sales will be little changed from last year. Citing Retail Forward’s numbers, those who made purchases last year bought an average of 2.6 suits. Those same individuals are expected to purchase 2.2 suits this year.

Moderator’s Comments: Do you agree with the notion that casual dress leads to casual work habits?

Having put up RetailWire for almost three years now wearing jeans on “dress up” days, it’s safe to assume where we come down on this issue.
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