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How work attire and the retail industry shifted through the pandemic

By Robyn Tongol | |3 minute read
How Work Attire And The Retail Industry Shifted Through The Pandemic

In this episode of The HR Leader, Jack Campbell sits down with Jatin Vengurlekar, founder of Montagio Custom Tailoring, to discuss the significant shifts in workplace uniforms during the pandemic and the broader impacts on the retail industry. As companies navigate the gradual return-to-office life, many are re-evaluating dress codes, leaning towards a more relaxed approach to professional attire.


The pandemic has undeniably influenced workplace fashion, with many employees trading in suits and ties for more casual wear. Jatin notes that the transition to working from home led to a more relaxed fashion, a trend that persists even as employees return to the office. The evolution of attire reflects a broader change in corporate culture.

The conversation then turns to the retail sector, which faced its own set of challenges during the pandemic. Lockdowns and restrictions led to a significant downturn in business for retailers, with many relying on face-to-face interactions. The impact on staffing was profound, with many retail workers left without work. The industry at large saw an exodus of talent as workers sought more pandemic-resistant careers.

To combat these challenges, some retailers are focusing on company culture and benefits as a means of attracting and retaining staff. While these perks can be enticing, Jatin argues that wages remain the primary concern for most candidates. In an environment where living expenses continue to climb, potential employees seek roles that offer financial stability and growth.