Recently, when talking to a friend, the subject of dress codes came up. She, and I to some degree, thought that people perform to a different level when they aren't dressed as a complete slob. When I was at Bechtel Engineering I had found the dress code for women from the 1940's that required them to wear gloves to work, not for cold weather! Everyday! I just couldn't imagine trying to type in gloves or do anything actually productive. They eased up by the time I got there in the 90's!
I know that there is advice, even for stay at home mom's, to get dressed in the morning. Don't slub around in sweats and a ripped t-shirt. That getting dressed helps you feel better about who you are, making you more productive, because we all know that self esteem in direct correlation to getting things done. That said, should there be a dress code in offices? As solo entrepreneurs should we be spending money on clothes that make the man or woman.
Truth be told I moved from San Francisco, partially, to escape some of the ridiculous costs of clothing. Suits aren't cheap, and I could never compete with single ladies who had no dependents and cash to blow on a new wardrobe each season. Thank goodness black is the color of choice for all in the Bay Area.
I firmly stand in jeans most days. I am comfortable, I can do anything that needs to be done, and I feel pretty productive. Granted, I change my shirt if there is even a dot of something and get rid of anything that has holes or tears (except that sweatshirt I've had for over 30 years that is so soft, but that doesn't go out of the house.)
The question remains, are we more productive when we are dressed better? Doing a simple search on Google will tell you the results are mixed. There are advocates that vote firmly no and those that think it does. Where do you fall into?