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Do you get that slight panic feeling every morning when deciding what to wear to work? You’re not alone. Pressure in the workplace to look good is at an all-time high.

Over half of female office workers feel pressured into buying new clothing solely for work to ‘keep up appearances’, a survey can reveal. Almost a quarter of women spend more than £50 a month on clothing just for work, equating to £600 each year, or £27,000 over the course of a career, which is above the average annual wage of a worker in the UK (£26,500).

The study, carried out by office stationary suppliers, Viking, expose the pressures that office workers across the UK feel when it comes to the clothing they wear for work, revealing that 1 in 10 workers are unhappy with their workplace attire. 

When asked why they felt the need to buy new clothing, the majority felt their fellow colleagues would judge them for not revamping their wardrobe.  

30% of women feared that other female colleagues would judge them, closely followed by 29% fearing the same thing from male counterparts.

Although those with a more formal dress code felt that women had it easier when it came to dressing in the workplace, women were more likely to be scrutinised than men in smart-casual, casual and uniformed workplaces.


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