How Professional Workplace Attire Improves Productivity

Professional workplace attireWith many companies adopting a more relaxed work atmosphere, trying to create a positive work-life balance, work attire has become significantly more casual in recent years. So many offices, particularly of the more creative variety, embrace jeans, casual t-shirts, and sweaters at work. While a more casual atmosphere is more fitting for creative-types, that's not what we're here to talk about. It's when that trend bleeds over into less-creative and more-business-y offices that productivity may suffer. Keep reading to learn more about the impact of professional workplace attire.

Dress to Impress (and Be Productive)

Dr. Karen Pine, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and fashion psychologist, says that dressing casually could cause an employee to feel less focused and alert. She says, “When we put on an item of clothing it is common for the wearer to adopt the characteristics associated with that garment. A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it's 'professional work attire' or 'relaxing weekend wear', so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning." It's the reason why we feel fitter in our sports clothes, or more professional in work wear, she adds. Following this logic, wearing suits or similar professional workplace attire can help keep a worker focused and on task, increasing productivity significantly.


Another study, done by Vestex, gave the study group a white work coat to wear, and were told it was a lab coat. While wearing what they perceived to be a lab coat, they displayed heightended attention and focus. They were then given an identical coat, but were told it was a painter's coat. They weren't as attentive. This goes to further the point that workplace dress really can influence the way you're able to focus at work.


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