Dressing down?

National shirtmaker TM Lewin has this week cited rising tie sales as the reason for its strong performance in the first half of this year, claiming that the recession has made workers start to dress smarter. The chain said that it had sold more than half a million ties in the first six months of 2009.

According to Geoff Quinn, the chief executive of TM Lewin, the economic downturn signalled an end to workplace casual attire. “People are dressing up more,” he said. “It’s now become a real focus to look more professional at work.”

At b on the quay we’ve always liked a smart shirt, but ties are a rarity around here. We’re also not sure if the recession really made us dress any smarter – but maybe we’re an isolated case.

This week’s poll asks: Do you think the recession has made people smarten up their look in the workplace?

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