It’s official. Dress down Friday is bad for business.

While you may have thought the worst consequence was the searing mental image of a colleague missing the appropriateness compass, in fact a recent survey suggests that giving employees free reign as to what they wear makes them up to 50 percent more likely to be rude, late and flirtatious.

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What not to wear on Dress Down Friday


Here are the stats:

  • One in ten workers cite dress down Friday as the most stressful time of the week
  • 15 per cent become so stressed by what to wear they call in sick.
  • One in four have been late due to indecision
  • One in five have returned home to change after leaving the house.
  • One in three people begin to plan their Friday outfit on Thursday lunchtime with one percent beginning the decision-making process as early as Monday evening.
  • A huge 43 per cent spend more time on hair, makeup and grooming on a Friday compared to any other day of the working week, which adds an average of fifteen minutes to an individual’s morning routine.
  • 50 per cent spend more money on their Friday fashion than they do for the remainder of the week
  • High heels over four inches, party dresses and mini skirts all seen as acceptable Friday attire.
  • 15 per cent of men claiming to have pulled a colleague aside to tell them about a Friday fashion faux pas.
  • One in five women admitting to whispering at the water cooler behind a colleague’s back.
  • 1/3 of employees have complained that it leads to a high degree of flirtatiousness among staff.

While you may not agree that dress down Friday is as devastating as these statistics imply, it does show that clothing can act as a sharp trigger for sense memory. If you wear casual clothes to work, your brain too will feel like its on holiday. The argument follows that a uniform with your branding will put you in the right, professional frame of mind to have a productive day!

What do you think of Dress Down Friday? Tell us your worst example of a Dress Down Friday Faux Pas!