Research suggests that since the beginning of the lockdown, workwear has become increasingly casual.
While a minimal level of formality is maintained during video calls with clients, people are increasingly casual with colleagues. Some even report hosting virtual “Pyjama Days” as a team-building activity.
The decision to dress casually is not only a desire for comfort, but also reflects both how employees feel about themselves and how they want others to perceive them.
In the book “You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You,” psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner says clothes often reflect how you feel about yourself.
For harried employees juggling multiple personal and professional commitments, being seen in a hoodie and yoga pants illustrates the challenges they’re facing during the pandemic.
But this can be a double-edged sword. Activities like Pyjama Days could undermine perceptions of expertise, maturity and competence.