So, throw all of these lenses into the mix and what do you get?
“There’s a lot of turbulence right now in the world of work,” Hunter says. It’s a “workers’ market” right now, so employers really do have to listen to employees more than in the past, she adds. More than ever, employers value relationship-building and a sense of movement toward team goals.
“Clothes become absolutely secondary,” Hunter says.
In Hunter’s view, the only downside to the work attire transformation is when employees don’t dress appropriately for important clients or stakeholders who are on-site. “If someone important is on the scene, they need to be shown a higher level of respect,” Hunter says. Elevated dress standards are one way to show that.
In the end, does it really matter how we dress for work?
“No,” Hunter says. “What matters most at work is that I’m professional. And that rules out pajamas.”
In all seriousness, Hunter says it is amazing to be in her seat watching relaxed standards of dress take hold. “It’s really cool,” she says, “and it’s way overdue.”