What New Yorkers Are Wearing To Work Today

New York City Streets

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Traditional office dress codes have been waning for some time. In 2008, The New York Times reported that the new trend for men was showing up to work in shorts. That same year, a poll of 200 senior managers revealed that fewer than a quarter of workers were required to wear a suit to the office. Even President Obama was ditching the conventional coat and tie in favour of short-sleeve shirts.  

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Now, according to Kim Zoller, owner and president of Image Dynamics, the trend is moving back in the other direction. People are starting to realise that too casual of an environment is not a good thing.

“Your dress is a reflection of who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish. When people are too casual,” she says, “they really hurt themselves.”

What exactly is business casual? According to Zoller, for men, it’s a pair of slacks, a nice golf shirt or a button-down, and no jacket (unless you want to be fancy). For women, it’s a pair of slacks or a skirt and a blouse.  

Of course, dress code depends more on the company and what they want their image or brand to be. The legal, banking and accounting industries tend to have stricter codes; whereas younger, tech-based companies tend to have a more relaxed dress code.  

With that in mind, we thought we’d check it out for ourselves and see what people in different industries are really wearing. So we took to the streets of New York City. 

Our adventure began around 7:30 a.m., departing the Business Insider headquarters for Union Square

We headed fearlessly into the market to find...

Technology editor, Bloomberg

Fashion Designer, Express

Employee at AXA Private Equity (he pointed out that he dresses more casually in the summertime)

Publicist, Type A Media

Director of Employee Relations, Barnes & Noble

Farmer, Tamarak Follow Farm

Garden Editor, Martha Stewart Living

CEO, Hogarth Worldwide (An advertising agency)

Photographer, igroup

Executive VP of Customer Management at an insurance firm

Farmer for a restaurant group in NYC

Then we headed over to 71 Irving, a trendy coffee shop where we thought we'd run into some more professionals

On our way there, we ran into this couple, who work in financial services at JP Morgan

And this asset manager

And met the director of awards for Institutional Investor

And a brand consultant for Co: Collective

Executive recruiter, Options Group

Freelance filmmaker (right in front of the New York Film Academy)

Then it was time to head back to work

Next time, we'll take on a different part of town

Now that you know what people are wearing to work these days ...

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