Behind our backs, Corporate America and clothing manufacturers (like dress-shirt makers) are conspiring to end the days of Dockers and flip-flops.
In 2005, 41% of U.S. companies allowed casual dress...down from 51% in 2001 according to a survey by the Society of Human Resource Management. In a separate survey by America's Research Group, 28% of Fortune 500 companies allowed casual dress in 1999...compared to under 10% today.
Sandals? Out! Logo t-shirts? Out! Jeans? Out! Spandex? Out! Midriff tops? Out! Sweat pants? Out! Bret Favre football jerseys? Way out!
Short Gap and Banana Republic! Buy Phillips Van Heusen!
There's a backlash going on towards the standards of dress that ran right past 'business casual'...and landed somewhere around 'extreme casual.' In today's highly competitive business world, corporations have decided that they can't afford to sacrifice their 'professional' image...which might be perceived as an endemic corporate weakness.
Apparently, corporate managers missed the days when they could tell their colleagues to "roll up their sleeves, and get to work."
Speaking of woven shirts, what are the colors for 2006? Brown tones and primary colors are passe. French blue is a staple, and light blue is very strong. However, the green phenomena is very BIG, especially the lighter shades. Think pistachio or Shasta green.
Tune in tomorrow for an exciting discussion about how you can experiment with todays exciting new fabrics...not.