Casual Friday fits perfectly in the current working climate where flexibility and ‘being yourself’ is important. But there is a new trend. I’m talking about Formal Friday. And is Formal Friday the new Casual Friday?
The name says it all: Formal Friday is all about formal clothing. And I don’t mean a nice looking buttoned shirt on top of a jeans. No, this day is all about very formal attire. Men wearing a suit, including tie and matching accessories. Ladies wearing a fancy dress and high heels.
The irony is that this trend was started by the technical companies in the U.S.. They also happened to be the ones that started the trend of wearing more casual clothes to work. Think of people like Mark Zuckerberg with his t-shirts and Steve Jobs with the infamous turtleneck.
Corporate Friday, a similar concept to Formal Friday, has also been applied within certain departments of Facebook for a while now.
It is a way to set yourself against the culture that is currently prevailing. And that’s of course what this technical sector is famous for: change and innovation. A Wall Street reporter made a funny video about the Formal Friday culture in Silicon Valley. You can find it below, it is certainly worth watching.
A vision of the future?
As formal clothing enthusiast, this could not make me any happier. Especially because the dress code started in such a joyful and unique way. Just by doing things in a different way for once. No long-time habits or strict rules. No, the companies that apply this dress code are all about creativity. Which clearly shows in the video above. Men like matching their silicon, brightly colored watches to their shirt or socks.
As this stimulates the creativity in the workplace, I find this an amazing initiative. It takes you out of the daily routine and makes you look at clothing and appearance differently. Yes, I’m all in favor of this new trend.
I’m curious to hear your opinion. Would you enjoy it if your workplace introduces Formal Friday?