Apparently everyone’s office is just like The Devil Wears Prada. According to a new survey, women spend almost a fifth (up to 18%) of their salary on work clothes every year. Over two thirds of women report feeling under pressure to dress a certain way to get noticed at work. But the pressure isn’t just in their heads: over half of the women admitted that they judge their female colleagues based on what they wear to work, and over a third reported worrying about what people think if they wear the same clothes too often. We may work in offices, but we are all definitely still in high school.
The survey also found that one in four women say they have consciously changed the way they dress to compete with colleagues and 60% have bought new clothes to help them further their career. Joanna Williams, Head of Brother UK Marketing and Communications, who carried out the survey, said: ‘Whether we intend to or not, we are guilty on some level of subconsciously labelling people based on what they wear.”