Home > Uncategorized > Does Anyone Still Dress Up for Work?

Comments 0 Comments
Advertiser Disclosure


The days of power suits and nude hose may be over, but do people still dress up for work? A recent study may offer some clues.

In surveying more than 350 American workers aged 18 or older, along with more than 300 senior managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees, staffing firm OfficeTeam found that casual dress codes are more common than not. In fact, half of the senior managers interviewed said employees wear less formal clothing than they did just five years ago. On top of that, nearly one third (31%) of office workers said they’d prefer to work at a company with a business casual dress code while 27% favor a casual dress code or no dress code at all.

But not every manager approves of this trend. When asked for examples of common dress code violations, they expressed disdain for employees who show too much skin (32%), have visible tattoos or piercings (6%), sport extreme hair colors or hairstyles (3%), or fail to groom their facial hair (5%).

Dress for Success 

Despite casual dress codes becoming more the norm, John T. Molloy’s ’70s-era concept of “power-dressing,” or suiting up for the job you want instead of the job you have, still has some truth to it.

In a recent study conducted at Yale and covered by The Wall Street Journal, researchers found that wearing, say, a suit, can send a signal of success and confidence, both to the formal dresser and whoever he’s dealing with. In contrast, dressing casually can cause a person to “sweat the small stuff,” The Journal reported, as well as become stressed and therefore less forceful.

Whether you choose to dress formally or adhere to a business-casual dress code, you shouldn’t feel pressed to break the bank in order to look the part. Racking up debt to invest in a dressier wardrobe may feel worthwhile in the short term, but over time such behavior could damage your credit, leading employers to question your ability to manage money.

Of course, not all employers conduct credit checks, but when they do, they typically look for patterns of money mismanagement and unresolved debt, such as student loans. This is why it’s a good idea to know where your credit stands. You can check your free credit scores, updated each every 14 days, on Credit.com.

More Money-Saving Reads:

Image: Jacob Ammentorp Lund

Comments on articles and responses to those comments are not provided or commissioned by a bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by a bank advertiser. It is not a bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Please note that our comments are moderated, so it may take a little time before you see them on the page. Thanks for your patience.

Credit.com receives compensation for the financial products and services advertised on this site if our users apply for and sign up for any of them.

Hello, Reader!

Thanks for checking out Credit.com. We hope you find the site and the journalism we produce useful. We wanted to take some time to tell you a bit about ourselves.

Our People

The Credit.com editorial team is staffed by a team of editors and reporters, each with many years of financial reporting experience. We’ve worked for places like the New York Times, American Banker, Frontline, TheStreet.com, Business Insider, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC and many others. We also employ a few freelancers and more than 50 contributors (these are typically subject matter experts from the worlds of finance, academia, politics, business and elsewhere).

Our Reporting

We take great pains to ensure that the articles, video and graphics you see on Credit.com are thoroughly reported and fact-checked. Each story is read by two separate editors, and we adhere to the highest editorial standards. We’re not perfect, however, and if you see something that you think is wrong, please email us at editorial team [at] credit [dot] com,

The Credit.com editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

In addition to appearing on Credit.com, our articles are syndicated to dozens of other news sites. We have more than 100 partners, including MSN, ABC News, CBS News, Yahoo, Marketwatch, Scripps, Money Magazine and many others. This network operates similarly to the Associated Press or Reuters, except we focus almost exclusively on issues relating to personal finance. These are not advertorial or paid placements, rather we provide these articles to our partners in most cases for free. These relationships create more awareness of Credit.com in general and they result in more traffic to us as well.

Our Business Model

Credit.com’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, Credit.com maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, Credit.com will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

Visitors to Credit.com are also able to register for a free Credit.com account, which gives them access to a tool called The Credit Report Card. This tool provides users with two free credit scores and a breakdown of the information in their Experian credit report, updated twice monthly. Again, this tool is entirely free, and we mention that frequently in our articles, because we think that it’s a good thing for users to have access to data like this. Separate from its educational value, there is also a business angle to the Credit Report Card. Registered users can be matched with products and services for which they are most likely to qualify. In other words, if you register and you find that your credit is less than stellar, Credit.com won’t recommend a high-end platinum credit card that requires an excellent credit score You’d likely get rejected, and that’s no good for you or Credit.com. You’d be no closer to getting a product you need, there’d be a wasted inquiry on your credit report, and Credit.com wouldn’t get paid. These are essentially what are commonly referred to as "targeted ads" in the world of the Internet. Despite all of this, however, even if you never apply for any product, the Credit Report Card will remain free, and none of this will impact how the editorial team reports on credit and credit scores.

Your Stories

Lastly, much of what we do is informed by our own experiences as well as the experiences of our readers. We want to tell your stories if you’re interested in sharing them. Please email us at story ideas [at] credit [dot] com with ideas or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by.

- The Credit.com Editorial Team