Formal Friday-The New Casual Friday?
The idea of “casual Friday’s” at the workplace really told hold in the late 1990′s and evolved into a “casual everyday” at some companies, particularly those in the computer tech sector. This generational shift has led other workplaces to adopt more casual dress codes as well but now, according to the Wall Street Journal, there is a new trend at these more casual businesses called “Formal Friday”. Does this mean tux or evening gown formal?
Not necessarily. Just opting out on flip-flops, hoodies and t-shirts for a day and wearing more traditional business attire–suit, sport coat, dress, shoes etc–will do just fine. Will it catch one? Check out what one famous social media company is doing.
Even Facebook, whose chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, took the hoodie and T-shirt uniform to new heights, has a design team that often dresses up for what has come to be known as “Corporate Friday,” a team tradition that dates back to as early as 2005. “There may be a drop of irony to it as the prevailing dress code at Facebook is casual, but more than that I think it’s a nod to the culture of transcending corporate politics,” says Skip Bronkie, a designer on the team. “Sometimes,” he says, “you just want to bring the heat for no particular reason at all, and Corporate Friday is your opportunity to suit up.”
The whole concept of looking “sharp” has suffered in recent years. Maybe this is a first step back to a more traditional style.