Picture your typical CEO – what do you envision? The image that comes to mind for me is someone dressed in a black suit. Maybe all the executives I know are just letting their inner goth out, but I’ve seen a lot of black in corner offices. They’re the odd executives out, according to the survey.
Evidently most executives (63 percent) don’t wear suits, choosing instead to don their business casual before hopping into their SUVs with their brown-bag lunches. Even jeans or shorts (18 percent) ranked ahead of business suits (14 percent).
Navy blue is the new black
Colour choices were less surprising. Navy blue was the top choice (I wonder if respondents consider their jeans navy blue?) at 36 percent, with classic black coming in second at 26 percent. Broken down by gender, though, the results flip – more female execs wear black than navy.
Brown and grey were the next (distant) contenders for office attire but, funnily enough, forest green isn’t mentioned as a popular colour choice. Someone should have told my old boss that – he considered his green suit his “power” suit. (Yes, it was about as fashionable as you’re imagining, which is to say not very.)
Don’t think pink
The survey also found, to no one’s surprise, that pink and red are the least preferred choice (one percent or less). I dig men who can pull off a pink shirt, but I don’t expect to see many of them sitting around board room tables.
It could be reasoned that female CEOs don’t wear pink because it seems too girly and that’s the last thing they want to convey. I don’t see a lot of men wearing red, but I would have thought it would figure more prominently in women’s wardrobes. Maybe it’s too aggressive a colour.
Pink might start making an appearance on the leaders of the business world thanks to breast cancer and anti-bullying campaigns, but I still wouldn’t expect to see it as an everyday colour choice.
What about you – would you wear pink to work?