“When I worked in the City of London in the late ‘80s, the dress code was still very formal – dark suit, black shoes, etc. Some companies began adopting “dress-down Friday” policies, where employees could wear less formal clothes to work. Our American colleagues seemed to understand this best – they all turned up wearing an alternative “uniform” of khaki trousers, polo shirt, loafers etc. British colleagues – including me – really didn’t know what to wear! Some of us simply removed our ties; others turned up wearing shorts and T-shirts and were sent home to change! It seemed we (Brits) had no “alternative uniform” for work and we found “dress-down” policies stressful and unpleasant – the exact opposite of our US colleagues who really liked the idea!