More and more workplaces are moving toward casual dress codes

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The US workforce is adopting a more relaxed dress code, according to a new survey.

Only one in five workplaces in the US enforce a smart dress code, which has allowed for a rise in casual attire like jeans and other more comfortable wear.

The study, commissioned by global fashion platform Lyst, wanted to take a look at denim in the world today but also dived into workplace couture. The results found that more than 80% thought their workplace attire has become more casual overall in the last decade.


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“As work hours have increased and the ‘always on’ culture has come to prominence thanks to developments in tech and connectivity, the lines between our work lives and our home lives have blurred,” a Lyst spokesperson said in a press release. “Work is no longer siloed off from the rest of our lives, and therefore it is right that the rules around dress codes in the workplace have become more relaxed.”

Out of the 2,000 adults surveyed, 20% reported that their workplace was insistent on a smart dress code. Five percent said their work required a uniform.

America’s workplace has adopted a more comfortable fit in recent years. Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported the American men’s suit market has fallen 8% since 2015, while sports apparel has grown by 17% in the same span. Popular sportswear brands like Patagonia, Lululemon, and others are the main players behind the shift.

That pivot hasn’t ended at clothing, either. California recently became the first state to outlaw employers and schools from discrimination based on natural hairstyles. The law prohibits workplaces on enforcing a dress code or personal grooming policy, according to CNN.