Modern Living: The Career Look

What do a lecturer for Weight Watchers, a saleslady for Hallmark Cards and a hostess at a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge have in common? They are all doing their jobs dressed in specially designed "career apparel" or "corporate clothing." These are the latest euphemisms for work uniforms that once were confined to the blue-collar set, and are now the vogue in a growing number of white-collar jobs, especially those held by women.

The trend toward chic corporate pantsuits, miniskirts and even hot pants was, until a few years ago, confined largely to airline and rent-a-car hostesses. Now, career apparel may even be...

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