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I remember when I started work at the end of the 50s we were not allowed to wear trousers or thick tights. Can anyone remember this time and when the rules started to relax?

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Us blokes had to wear trousers, a white long sleeved shirt, a sober tie  and a jacket...at all times. On a hot summers day the word might come down from on high " You may loosen your ties" I think we started to have a more relaxed attitude in the late 1960s...when I remember wearing a "flower power Tie. The Office girls never wore trousers even then... skirts grew shorter and shorter... until a quiet word was had! Happy days!

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When I worked at BISRA, around 1970  I remember the Directors secretary (who sat in the next office to me) arriving for work in a trouser suit . Her boss told her trousers were not proper attire for secretaries & she must go back to skirts!

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I seem to recall that within the companies that I worked for that 'formal' business attire was the accepted norm well into the mid-1980s.

'Smart casual' was permitted on a Friday, but it had to be 'very smart casual' and jeans, trainers, tee-shirts, being tie-less, etc., were still prohibited even then.

On warm days, you still had to ask for permission to remove your jacket.

 

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By the mid 1980's my dress code was much more relaxed. I wore exactly what I chose...apart from business meetings when I always wore business attire so as not to shock the sensibilities of a potential client. Mind you, it was my own company and I was very much my own boss!

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