WATCH NOW: Workers Update Their Wardrobes as They Prepare to Return to the Office, Ditching Lounge Wear for Casual and Work Wear | Economic news

About 58% of men and 39% of women plan to wear more comfortable work clothes in the office, according to a survey of 1,000 US consumers aged 18 to 45 conducted in May for Swedish bank Klarna. The survey also found that 19% planned to dress more than before the pandemic, with women being more likely than men – and 18-25-year-olds slightly more likely than other age groups – to get dressed. dress more for work when they leave. back to the office.

Dr Jane Radcliffe had not done his shopping for 15 months until May.

But Radcliffe recently “binge” when it comes to shopping. For example, she stopped by Frances Kahn, a women’s clothing store in the River Road Mall in Henrico, much more often than her pre-pandemic way of buying a few things once or twice a month.

Gold sandals, fun floral pants and a retro-looking dress are just some of the list of clothes Radcliffe has recently purchased that are stepping out of her usual comfort zone.

After more than a year where women didn’t have to wear suits, blazers and jackets to the office or other business meetings and events, they are shopping for new clothes, said Rusty Lester, president of Frances Kahn, who also has stores in Virginia Beach and Roanoke. .

“We have quite a few people buying new wardrobes that can’t stand their closets anymore, and some of the frustration, the emotion that has a lot to do with what we do and it still is.” , Lester said. “They want to go back and as things start to open up we see an increasing demand for jackets, dress clothes, professional looks, suits. People are starting to feel normal again. We have a long way to go. to go, but we return to a semblance of normalcy. “

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