In the once-austere City of London, an era-defining change is under way. Bankers coming back to their desks are leaving their suits at home — and calling time on a decades-old taboo against brown shoes.

The City’s streets may be increasingly busy — sandwich sales in London are running at 88% of pre-Covid levels — but more and more returning workers don’t look quite like they did in March 2020. Instead, now comfortable with the informality of video-calling, they are sporting a smart-casual look and adopting a “dress for your day” attitude...

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