Today, we’re more likely to dress casually for work than ever before. With tons of hard-to-classify outfit options, how can one keep it classy and polished everyday?
Agh… if only it were that easy!
Classic casual, Smart casual… dress codes in some offices are so confusing! Are you dressed too formal? Too casual? For offices that don’t have outright dress codes, there are a certain work/fashion rules you should still follow, in order to make sure you don’t look out of place.
Divas, if you don’t want to kill your credibility in the office, here are all the work-outfit DON’Ts you need to know. Even with casual offices, keeping these rules in mind will make sure you look classy every day!
Fishnets are definite a no-go. If you want to wear clothing that is well-fitted for the legs, then try going for tights. Solid toned tights and non-sheer stockings are more appropriate since they add a professional touch to your outfit. If you decide to wear a skirt or a dress, they pair well with both! Depending on the job, opaque tights are acceptable as well. Fishnets, on the other hand, are super sexy for a night out with the girls but for work, a little too showy.
2. Extremely high heels
Trust us, you really don’t want to wear billion-inch stilettos to work. Or even heels that clank! You will never be able to walk without being on wobble-watch.
They will also make you look less confident, which is probably not the image you want in front of your boss. Try sticking to flats or go for some classy blocked-heel sandals. If you want to go for pencil heels, make sure they are not too high. You don’t wan’t to slip and fall! Talk about embarrassing.
3. Distracting Jewelry
Try taking a simple approach when it comes to jewelry and accessories. Big and heavily studded jewelry can be distracting to both colleagues and clients. If your workplace is more casual, then you can try a chic watch or a classy single chain necklace.
Also, jingly jewelry like clinking necklaces and bracelets can make you look immature and awkward. Imagine your office mates being able to hear you coming from miles away!
4. Low necks
Low necks are fashionable, but most likely not appropriate for your office. They say that the more skin you show, the less influence you have.
Some environments might allow low necks or bare shoulders, especially if you work in the fashion industry. However, wearing anything too skimpy or revealing is not appropriate for a professional work environment.
Always bear in mind that too much skin can give off the wrong impression!
Wanna impress or attract a co-worker you have a crush on? Go for a sexy tight, form-fitting pencil skirt instead.
5. Animal prints
Although animal prints never go out of style, at certain work places, they may be considered too flashy.
You need just the right amount of animal print if you really feel like making a statement at work. Dressing head to toe in leopard will never entirely lose its naughtiness. An animal skin coat will always elevate your look, but remember to not over-do it with matching accessories, a handbag or shoes of the same skin coat. That’s too much!
If you really love the animal prints, a flowing silk skirt that falls just below the knee paired with a solid colored top would look chic!
6. Clothing you slept in
Let’s be honest. Even a casual office environment will ever accept somebody showing up to work looking like they just rolled out of bed. Sloppy dressing is a major no-go. Even if it’s a jeans and t-shirt environment, you don’t want to come off as a college kid who’s sick of getting up to take classes. Always dress with class, in a clean, crisp and ironed shirt.
There are lots of ways you can save time in the morning, but never compromise on your clothes!
7. Flip flops
Open-toed shoes are super cute…. for the beach.
We know you want to go for comfortable footwear, especially when you have long working hours. However, flip flops are limited only for external usage and outside environments. No matter how convenient they may be, crocs or any other beach footwear is extremely unprofessional to wear to even a casual office.
What’s the biggest office wear disaster you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments below!