Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Success in Black-and-White

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Success in Black-and-White

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BRITISH workers are powerdressing in black-and-white because they believe that monochrome business attire will make them look like leaders, according to a survey of how staff want to be perceived in the workplace.

Seven out of 10 employees are turning to smart black suits and crisp white shirts -- a look similar to that in Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs -- when they need to dress to impress, according to the survey of 5,000 employees by Travelodge.

Six in 10 women also opt for a trouser suit when they need to make the right impression at work, while fewer than two in 10 would wear a dress for an important business meeting.

The report also reveals that 45 per cent of women, compared with just 29 per cent of men, will dress smartly in order to feel more confident in the workplace.

UK psychologist Corrine Sweet says the findings show that employees are reacting to the economic climate: "This year has been one of the toughest in decades in the business environment. …

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