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The global dress code is relaxing: Is it time for Hong Kong to follow suit?

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Hong Kong has traditionally had a fairly conservative business dress code.

According to global networking outfit InterNations: “In Hong Kong, businesspeople dress fairly conservatively, usually in black suits, shirts and ties. You should try to stick to your formal attire, even during business dinners. Dark, muted colours are usually the best choice for your clothing.”

But is it time for Hong Kong’s corporate dress code to undergo a makeover?

In recent times, there has been a trend for some of the world’s most identifiable brands to relax their dress code. In early March, Virgin Atlantic no longer required its female cabin crew to wear make-up and also gave them the option of wearing trousers rather than a skirt, as part of their uniform.

Later the same month, Goldman Sachs’ CEO David Solomon sent out a memo to the Wall Street investment bank’s 36,000-strong workforce notifying them the business suit was no longer mandatory attire in the firm’s offices, reflecting “the changing nature of workplaces generally in favour of a more casual environment”.

With a more fluid, flexible workforce and a dynamic pool of demanding Millennial talent, is it time for Hong Kong companies to relax their dress codes? Please take a few moments to fill out our short poll on Hong Kong’s office attire.

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