What Does Workplace Dress Code Look Like Post-COVID?

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After two-plus years spent working remotely in our loungewear, it seems no one really knows what to wear to the office anymore. As more and more companies put their return-to-office plans in place, searches for “business casual outfits” and “casual work outfits” have reached an all-time high. “Office wear” videos have also racked up more than 58.5 million views on TikTok, where influencers focused on workplace attire, like @maddison__lynn and @quepasoyaya, have hundreds of thousands of followers devouring their outfit ideas and tote reviews.

Understanding office dress codes has become a particular concern for Gen Z employees, many of whom are entering the workforce for the first time. With employers looking to hire nearly 32% more college graduates from the class of 2022 than the previous year, more new professionals than ever are embarking on their first jobs without much guidance on what to wear. Many of these Gen Z professionals, myself included, spent the last two years in internships or workplaces that were fully remote without opportunities to ask HR or see how more experienced coworkers dressed. 

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