Has Employers’ Belt-Tightening Led to Well-Heeled Workforce?

image_a33NPR aired a story claiming that employees are paying more attention to their wardrobe as a result of layoffs and belt-tightening.  Has workers’ attire become more conservative and just better looking lately?  And, if so, is the appearance improvement possibly a tactic being used to prevent termination?

If this idea is based in reality, doesn’t it imply that employees believe that dressing better is just plain better?  So why do they settle for less-than-better unless they think their jobs are on the hook?  Maybe the ones who don’t “dress better” (as in, “improved”), should be rewarded because they (a) always strive to “dress better” (i.e., look their best); or (b) have enough confidence in themselves, their fashion sense, and their employer.

There may be something to it.

See recent posts relating to workplace attire:

Firm Defines “Business Casual” (a/k/a the “Nobody Wants to See Your Chest Hair” Memo)

What Not to Wear to Work: More Style Rules for the Modern Worker

What Happens When You Fail to Follow Workplace Dress Codes in BigLaw