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Business Casual Evolves to Business Comfort Among Hybrid Workers

The prolonged work-from-home period is shaping apparel choices — and business suits show no sign of returning. 

Stitch Fix says "business comfort" will be the dominant style as people return to the office. 

Stitch Fix says "business comfort" will be the dominant style as people return to the office. 

Source: Stitch Fix

With variants like omicron making it tough for companies to set return-to-office dates, new fashion trends are emerging among hybrid workers, according to the 2022 Stitch Fix Style Forecast. These include a prolonged move toward comfortable attire — and there are no signs of a comeback for the beleaguered business suit. 

Based on data gleaned from its orders, the apparel-subscription company says trends include the category of “business comfort,” featuring items such as stretchy blazers, knit and woven tops and elastic-waist bottoms. While demand for work outfits is rising, a majority of consumers are looking to balance style with comfort, according to Stitch Fix. Denim and dresses are making a comeback, while sales for larger sizes are also growing fast. 

The report found clients ditching the business suit in droves, with about half of millennials saying they’ll never wear one again.