Bay Street’s dressing up again

But more than half of workers surveyed want business casual
By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2002

Say goodbye to the chinos and golf shirts and hello to the power suit. The relaxed dotcom business casual look of the ’90s may be a thing of the past for some workplaces. The new fashion statement is “dress to impress.”

“The whole casual dress code came with the dotcoms and there is a turn back away from it now,” says Stewart Saxe, a lawyer with the Bay Street law firm Baker and Mackenzie. “I’m against business casual. What we are offering our clients is leading edge professionalism and (business casual) doesn’t look professional.”

Saxe’s firm reviews its dress code annually, and while a business casual look is allowed for summer, Saxe says most of his co-workers wear jackets, suits and ties. With the dotcom bust, many corporations are re-evaluating their dress code, he says.