A Ladbrokes study has shown that only 44% of Irish workers care about the clothes they wear on the job. This 44% apparently describes itself as not particularly “fashion conscious.” Given the fact that the same study showed 75% of the respondents believed looking good was positive for their self-image and 63% said their clothes helped with their confidence, this is rather surprising.
To be honest, I’m not sure I’m buying it. I’ve seen A Suit That Fits’ customers from Dublin, Cork and Belfast, and whether they’re about to go into the studio or they’re emerging from it, they’re among the most dapper people I’ve seen.
What can we take from this somewhat scandalous study? Obviously, Irish people know it will benefit them if they dress better, but perhaps not all of them are doing it. The fact is that not everyone needs to wear a suit. Only in the world of business is it important, for reasons I’ll explain.
Women’s office wear, according to Ladbrokes
In the study, Irish women responded that they liked to wear comfortable dresses to work, with only 18% of respondents opting for a trouser suit.
Well, all I can say is that you don’t necessarily need to wear a trouser suit to look good in the office. A worker in a skirt suit can look just as smart as someone in a trouser suit.
Not all workplaces require the “sartorial” look. Just because the majority of Irish don’t wear suits to work doesn’t mean they don’t look good.
Fashion-forward business suits
The fact is, a strong business wardrobe does improve one’s performance, but only if the field you work in requires a suit. Most of the Irish workers in the study seemed to understand this, judging by the 63% who said their garments gave them confidence at work.
Studies have shown that the clothes someone wears can actually alter the way they think and act, making them cognitively sharper.
Ever thought your suit improves your thinking? Professors at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago demonstrated this was the case in a 2012 study. They proved that when a doctor dons a white coat, he or she thinks faster. They called this phenomenon “enclothed cognition.”
This doesn’t mean that every worker in Ireland should suddenly don a suit and tie. But those in the world of business, almost certainly!