More than a decade ago, there was a time when wearing a suit or tie was something only men did.
Today, that is no longer the case.
Women, too, are now wearing suits and ties to work, play, or to party, according to new research from The Hill.
Women are wearing suits to work and playing on their own turf, and a majority of them do so to work on the streets.
Women’s suits and tie were the most popular choice in workplaces in the past decade, according the survey, with more than three-quarters of respondents saying they wore a suit to work.
The study found that about half of women said they used a tie to wear their suits.
Men were more likely to wear suits and to be out in public, with almost half of men saying they were out at least once a week.
Men’s ties were more popular among friends and family members.
Women were more inclined to wear ties when there were people nearby.
“The new look has become fashionable, but it’s not a look we’ve always had,” said Lauren S. Sager, the chief executive officer of the Public Interest Advocacy Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for gender equality in the workplace.
The new trends may come as a surprise to women who grew up with a time where men were expected to be dressed more like women.
“We’re in a time now where we’ve seen women wearing suits, and we’re starting to see women dressing in suits,” said Nicole Pinto, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Michigan.
Pinto said that while men’s suits are a more “classic” look, the trend may be part of a larger trend toward the more formal look that’s becoming more common.
For example, a survey conducted by Sager and her colleagues last year found that the number of women who wear a formal dress shirt, tie, jacket, or pants has grown from 17 percent in 2000 to 30 percent in 2014.
And in 2015, more than a quarter of women and men surveyed said they wore suits to their workplace.
Pena said it’s possible that the rise of more formal dress may have a more visible effect on men.
Men who don’t feel comfortable being seen as “cool” or “masculine” could find themselves being judged by other men who don.
“If a man is a gentleman, they are going to want to make sure they are dressed for the office,” Pinto said.
Sager said that a number of factors could be behind the growing popularity of suits.
For example, men who wear suits at work are more likely than men who do not to wear them on their weekends, she said.
And men who work in large, high-profile companies, like Apple or Google, are more willing to wear formal attire.
Men have been wearing suits in public for years.
The majority of men who reported wearing suits at least occasionally in the last 10 years also said they did so on a weekday, the survey found.
Women also are more inclined than men to wear suit suits in a variety of settings, according, and it may be a reflection of how the public has changed.
“A lot of women still dress as if they are on the ’60s or ’70s,” Pena said.