Could Every Day Be Casual Friday Soon?
It’s no secret that, when it comes to deciding what to wear to work, millennials’ work wardrobes look a little different than our parents’ generation. Many of us work in creative or tech industries, where jeans and t-shirts (or even workout wear) are the norm, OR we work from home, where PJs are totally acceptable attire. Most impressive? Millennials have even figured out how to wear their most scandalous outfits to the office. And it’s not just the startup scene — a new study by staffing company OfficeTeam shows that workplace dress codes across all industries are getting more and more casual every year.
In the study, researchers surveyed 300 senior managers and 350 American workers. They found that half of all managers surveyed said that their employees are dressing more casually than they did five years ago, while a third of workers said they prefer business casual and another third said they prefer casual or no dress code at all. That’s a pretty clear trend toward comfy chic.
Another study done in April by workspace provider Regus found that, of the 40,000 respondents in 100 countries, 74 percent said that a suit and tie dress code is a thing of the past, and think it’s way too formal for today’s professional culture. And 70 percent of those surveyed said jeans are totally okay in a work environment, BUT only 51 percent say it’s okay to pair them with a t-shirt. So smart casual — but not sloppy — seems to be a go.
But what does this shift toward casual clothing actually mean for the ways we work? One study suggests it might not be the best move. Back in 2015, researchers from Columbia University and California State University studied the effect clothing has on our cognitive processing. They actually found that dressing in more formal attire makes us feel more powerful, which can then make us better at our jobs. But, of course, that all depends on what industry you’re in. If you work in a super creative environment, wearing a full-on suit would probably make you feel less powerful and more like the odd one out.
Bottom line? “Employees should take their cues from company guidelines and what others in the office are wearing. Some industries, for example, are more formal than others,” says Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “A casual dress code doesn’t mean that anything goes. Staff should always look professional and project an image that reflects positively on the business.” In other words, take note of what your coworkers and managers are wearing and follow suit (or not)… literally.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)