Do boots work in business? In 1996, according to John T Molloy, the answer was no. From the book The New Women’s Dress for Success:
Boots do not work in business. Every couple of years the fashion industry brings them back and tells women they can wear boots to work. It is not so; even the most conservative boots do not work very well.
quoted from googlebooks.
I am going to suggest two reasons why that is (mostly) no longer true:
- Mr Molloy’s very well-researched book came out early in the “business casual” work environment revolution.
- Sarah Palin.
One of the reasons certain looks are not accepted is that they are not expected. Someone needs to get people used to seeing it; for example, seeing boots worn with a business look. Presently our eyes are quite accustomed to boots with pretty much everything. I still think knee-high boots, worn with a knee-length skirt, look most conventionally professional.
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