Like it or not, people make a lot of subconscious observations about you, including ones about your posture, appearance, body language, and the way you dress. A relatively recent recent study measured how productive workers perceived a coworker as, and “45% of workers think someone wearing casual work clothes is more productive in their job than someone wearing a more prescribed workplace or business attire… but 55% of workers believe someone wearing a more prescribed workplace or business attire is more productive in their job than someone wearing casual work clothes”.3
Unfortunately it often doesn’t matter how productive you are at work if you’re not perceivedas being productive. One AYOP commenter, Eve, recently ran a productivity experiment with her husband, where he wore dressier clothes to work for a month. Two months later he’s getting more respect at his job and feels a lot more productive to boot. It’s incredible how much of a difference clothing can make in how people perceive you, and how you perceive yourself.
From the research I’ve done, it seems like the best clothes to wear to work are ones that are fancier than most people wear to work–which will allow you to be perceived as more productive–that aren’t too showy or dressy. Especially as more companies adopt a more casual dress code (90% of companies offer non-sales employees some variation of a casual dress code), this is something to be particularly mindful of.