How Dress-Codes Define The Environment

You might have been asked to write an essay on the advantages and disadvantages of uniforms in middle school, and as you grew up and no longer continue to wear uniforms, the need for uniformity in outfits continues to exist in most aspects of our life. Once you start your professional life, you know that the socially acceptable outfit for interviews would be formal with ties. The acceptable attire for a lawyer is a suit. Accountants wear shirts and trousers. All offices require professional, business casual or casual formal, or uniforms as outfits. Office work would rarely allow you to show up in T-shirts or tank tops. So really, while everyone is allowed to pick their own outfits, they still have to face restrictions in terms of spoken or unspoken social expectations.

 

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Why do you think that is? It is because what you wear represents you and where you belong. Social workers like the police, firefighters, military personnel, doctors, and nurses will always be seen in a proper uniform that makes them stand out from the business attire that everyone else wears on a regular basis. They not only represent their departments, but also reflect that they are someone who will solve your issues. They are the people that you would need to contact when you are faced with an emergency. They will be ready to help you in whatever way is possible for them and will always be available for you. That is what their outfits represent.

 

For others, they have to dress up for work, even though they don’t wear uniforms, and that is because they want to represent their individual intention to work. When you change your clothes into professional attire, you also change your mind to think like you are at work as a professional. You are no longer thinking like an ordinary person. You are thinking about how you can benefit your firm or do your work more efficiently. Setting that mindset in people is what dress codes are all about.