Of Course Hip Tech Startups Would Have ‘Formal Fridays’
1:30 pm, January 8th | by Meredith Lepore
For most companies, Casual Fridays are a big deal. They’re a chance to be more comfortable, relaxed, and express individual style. But at companies where you are allowed to do that every day, dressing formally is another opportunity to be creative. Suits and pencil skirts for the end of the week? That’s crazy talk! Nope, it’s just Formal Friday.
At cool tech companies with casual dress codes, “Formal Fridays” are the result of young people want to break free from the constraints of skinny jeans and Madewell blouses. According to The Wall Street Journal, this is the latest startup trend. Zynga has adopted the tradition and Facebook also has a design team that dresses for “Corporate Fridays.”
Skip Bronkie, a designer on the team for Facebook, told The WSJ, “Sometimes you just want to bring the heat for no particular reason at all, and Corporate Friday is your opportunity to suit up.” And he does make a good point. There is something about a suit or a pencil skirt, crisp blouse and a pair of heels that a hoodie and jeans just can’t match. Sure, it’s cool to dress like a college kid most days of the week, but there’s a reason we have a show called Suits and not Jeans and Flannel.