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Sarah Halzack

Summer of Covid Marks the End of Office Clothes

Office attire may be on the outs as working-from-home habits take root, but the triumph of couch-friendly wear has its downside, too.

Fleece vests are a Midtown Uniform staple. Even they aren’t casual enough.

Fleece vests are a Midtown Uniform staple. Even they aren’t casual enough.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Professional attire has been evolving for decades into ever more casual modes. For men, suits gave way to blazers and slacks, then blazers and dark jeans, and then just jeans and a button-up. For women, pantyhose got dumped, skirt suits became a relic, and leggings somehow got reclassified in wardrobe taxonomies as pants

Now, thanks to this weird, extraordinary summer America is having, it’s finally happened: Office clothes are officially dead.