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Is the future of the suit dead

More than a third (34%) no longer wear a suit for work unless they are meeting with clients or have an important conference to attend, according to a survey.

A survey of 1,000 professionals revealed that 48% believe the age of the suit is all but over with ‘smart-casual’ attire taking its place.

72% said they think it is possible to wear 'smart casual' and still look the part, opting for chinos or jeans, and a jacket and T-shirt combination.

However, many traditional firms in industries such as banking, insurance and the legal profession still require staff to dress formally.

Conversely, technology and media no longer have such rigid dress codes and 64% said what they wear had no bearing on their productivity at work.

James Dunworth, co-founder of ECigaretteDirect.co.uk said: “Ask most employers and they will tell you that the suit is dying fast in the business world. I don't think casual wear makes someone less productive or reduces the quality of their work.

“I have found you get the most out of a happy and respected workforce and if that means letting people wear jeans and a T-shirt to work, so be it.

“I can see the occasions where wearing a suit is appropriate such as in job interviews and meetings, but they are the exception. We have a very relaxed dress code. Our staff come to work in jeans and a t-shirt - it just suits the culture of the company.