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A Sense of Style

Author: JLB

Published On: October 20, 2008

As a growing company, JLB has taken some time to discuss what we want our business to look like going forward. Part of this discussion involves what we look like when we come into the office. Should we don business suits? Or, be able to wear our favorite jeans and tees into work on a daily basis? At JLB we fall somewhere in between. Some research on the subject of dress codes turned up some interesting information about the history of dress in the workplace and what your clothes say, or don’t say, about your work.

The term “business casual” was coined in the 1970s when, as a response to the energy crisis, managers let their employees take off suit jackets and ties to be more comfortable in warmer office buildings. After the dot com boom in the late 1990s, business casual got a little more casual, with many companies allowing jeans or kakhis instead of suit pants. Some companies took on “casual Friday” policies allowing employees to dress down one day a week. Now, few industries expect true business dress from their employees on a daily basis.

With all the talk about what to wear, does it really make a difference in how you work? Studies show that most people feel that dressing more casually increased productivity. In companies where employees work on computers for much of the day, casual clothing allows them to be more relaxed and better able to concentrate on the work at hand. People who dress casually at work are often viewed as more artsy or creative by their clients and peers. While those in business suits are assumed to be sales people or consultants.

These days, dressing for success in the workplace is more of an attitude than a style. Even though we’re still figuring out our JLB style, there is no doubt that we are passionate about our work.

It’s remarkable working with the team that treats your business they would their own with drive, innovation, humility and a shared love of bringing great things to the wonderful Franklin & Nashville community.


RED DOG WINE & SPIRITS – Nashville Web Design


“In the search of looking high and low for a Ecommerce website design firm, we came across JLB. They are now like a part of our family and strive to do all they can to take our sales and growth to a whole new level. We recommend JLB to everyone we come across looking for a solution to their website needs.”


Chad, BOWADX – Franklin TN Web Design

“JLB has been the driving force  that has launched our company into the media spotlight, gaining us publicity through a broad cross-section of business related media including new apps and interactive activity for our clients. We are moving forward with our second web design with JLB and will continue to make them part of our team.”


John, The Perch – Brentwood TN Web Design

“I started with JLB when they first opened fifteen years ago, when they redesigned a website for me.  They are my go-to company for anything to do with web sites. These guys are professional, talented, creative and an energetic team. I will always go to JLB first for my web design work. Thanks JLB.”


Phyllis, Carneros Winery – Nashville TN Web Design

We were having problems with our online brand and digital marketing. JLB was great. Worked through it with us, created an amazing presence and business is great. The staff at JLB is fantastic too. Friendly and always there for you.


Life Line Repairs – Nashville TN Web Design

I and all of us at Sports & Entertainment Nashville TN have been thrilled with the website you guys did for us, and especially the professional service and communication you guys have shown.


Sports and Entertainment – Nashville Web Design

We interviewed several web design firms, but found that JLB’s talented team was the most creative, innovative, and professional. Choosing JLB has been a great decision! We are fortunate to have JLB be a part of the BMC Metalwork’s future as we continue to enhance our business.


Jimmy, BMC – Franklin TN Web Design

“There were a number of website design companies in Nashville that would have done an adequate job for our company. The difference was that JLB wanted to be our partner and has been for 11 years. STAR Physical Therapy has been blessed to have them as a teammate.”


Regg Swanson, STAR – Franklin TN Web Design