Do you have a coworker whose style you try to emulate? Well, there is probably a good chance their name is Sarah. According to a survey of 2,000 Americans about fashion in the workplace from Trunk Club the top names for the best-dressed female coworkers tend to be Sarah, Mary, and Ashley. For men, it is usually John, Tom, and Tim.
As for the worst dressed coworkers for women they tend to be a Karen, Jill or Sue and for men, it is usually Mike, Bob or Steve. Poor Steve.
Twinning at work
The study also looked at industries where people are the most likely to twin with a coworker. You may recall twinning at work becoming a Twitter phenomenon. The survey found that the industries where twinning is most likely to occur are Broadcast, Legal and Real Estate.
When you work with the same people every day it is definitely easy to become inspired by their style, especially if they dress well. The survey found that 30% were influenced by another coworker’s style and 40% will befriend a coworker who has a similar style to them.
The new corporate uniform
This isn’t surprising considering that so many industries tend to develop uniforms. Wall Street Journal reporter Jacob Gallagher recently wrote about the pervasiveness of the fleece zip-up vest as the new go-to for corporate men. It is functional for freezing offices during the summer and then is seasonally appropriate for fall and an easy layer in the winter. Gallagher wrote, “It covers the sweating backs of nervous interns ordering supersize coffees at Starbucks. It’s worn by silver-haired executives in the elevator, heading up to their corner suites. It appears in myriad shades of gray and blue, on men of all shapes and sizes who earn all kinds of salaries. It has become as ubiquitous as the take-out salad in humdrum workplaces, and is slowly supplanting the suit and tie as essential office wear.”
It also isn’t bad to dress like someone higher up in your company. A recent study from Men’s Journal found that 68% of managers give extra points to people under them with similar sartorial tasted. “The standard’s usually set by the boss,” said study spokesman Ed Watson, “then the rest of the workplace follows.”
And if you’re wondering why you don’t have too many friends at work it could be because you dress sloppy as 20% will outright avoid a coworker with sloppy style.