Staff fear on being judged on what they wear to work

The research, commissioned by the Business is GREAT campaign, showed Welsh workers were most concerned about what their colleagues were wearing to work. Those in the East Midlands were the most relaxed.

Unsurprisingly wearing ripped jeans were seen as the worst offenders, closely followed by branded t-shirts and short skirts.

When asked which business leader was best dressed Lord Sugar came top of the list followed by Richard Branson, Kelly Hoppen, and Peter Jones. It seems Britain is a nation of traditionalists with over two thirds of workers wearing a suit, uniform or smart-casual attire to work with only one in ten of us feeling comfortable enough to wear what we feel like to work.

Geoff Quinn, Managing Director of TM Lewin, expert Jermyn Street shirtmaker, said: “The results of this research show we want our work clothes to demonstrate our work ethic. Over 30 per cent of those surveyed said they ‘dressed to impress’, choosing their business wardrobe to reflect their professional and hardworking nature

“British fashion is coveted across the globe, and this is something which we have experienced first-hand. Thanks to support from UK Trade & Investment, TM Lewin has been able to expand into international markets, opening more than 58 stores worldwide.

This research comes as London Fashion Week (LFW) is in full swing. One of the highest profile fashion events in the world, it puts British fashion firmly on the global stage; with an estimated revenue of over £100m fashion orders placed during LFW alone. The British fashion industry is estimated to support 797,000 jobs.

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