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Dressing for work. Used to be a no-brainer for men and a minefield for women. Now, it’s not so simple.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks in San Francisco. His low-key wardrobe is not uncommon in the corner office suites of Silicon Valley. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks in San Francisco. His low-key wardrobe is not uncommon in the corner office suites of Silicon Valley. (Eric Risberg/AP)

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Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic at the New York Times. (@VVFriedman)

Christina Binkley, fashion and style columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Author of the book, "Winner Takes All." (@BinkleyOnStyle)

Rex Huppke, workplace columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His nationally syndicated column is called, "I Just Work Here." (@RexHuppke)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: The End of the Office Dress Code — "The slippery slope may have started as a gentle incline way back in the 1970s, and become a bit steeper during the Casual Friday movement of the 1990s and the success of the Facebook I.P.O. in 2012 with its hoodie-wearing billionaires. But today, we are speeding down it at breakneck pace, partly thanks to the hot-button conversation around gender equality, and fluidity."

The Wall Street Journal: The Case For Uniform Dressing — "Uniformity, of course, is what the business suit was meant to offer, and it worked for men for decades. But women’s versions of the business suit are far from ideal. A woman’s daily choices of suit cut, color, blouse and jewelry can be trying. Also, in many women’s offices, a suit is unnecessary or sends the wrong message by projecting too much formality."

The Atlantic: Casual Friday and the ‘End of the Office Dress Code’ — "We live in a time in which our moguls dress in hoodies and t-shirts, and in which more and more workers are telecommuting—working not just from home, but from PJs. It’s a time, too, when the lines between “work” and 'everything else' are increasingly—and sometimes frustratingly—fluid. And so: It’s also a time when many of us are trying to figure out, together, what “work clothes” actually means, and the extent to which the term might vary across professions."

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This program aired on June 2, 2016.

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