A wardrobe fail doesn’t have be as spectacular as a popped zipper to affect how others view your work. Do you know that even loose threads can raise suspicions of loose ends on your report? So, keep on reading for the 5 office wardrobe malfunctions to avoid so you’ll always look polished and professional at work.
- Scuffed shoes or run-down heels
Keep in mind that shoes take care of your reputation so have time to take care of them. This is especially true if you’re wearing lighter colored pumps or even a pair of suede shoes that can be too noticeable when it gets dirty. If you have no time to bust out the shoe polish, simply give the leather a quick buffing with the microfiber cloth that you use for dusting. If you have shoes with run-down heels, bring them to a cobbler. Though you may disguise nicked areas with a permanent marker of the same color, it should be your last option.
- Beat-up bags
Wipe dull or scratched leather with a clear leather conditioner and check for frayed stitches, which tend to start on the handles. Generally, a more structured bag is more durable and look more polished over slouchy ones. Like fashion blogger Jessica Ricks, you may even think of a black bag or a designer one that can dress up your office outfits especially on Fridays.
- Loose threads
Buttons and buttonholes are notorious. Also, snip away stragglers at the hem. If you have a shirt, blouse, or even blazer with buttons, always check it before wearing so you’ll avoid unwanted sights in the office. As we’ve said, even loose threads can raise suspicions of loose ends on your report, so always keep your clothes neat to maintain that professional look.
- Sweaters or jackets with fuzz balls
Target the high-abrasion areas like underarms, cuffs, the sides of the torso, and wherever the strap of your handbag hits with an electric fabric shaver, which will work better than the manual options. “Place one hand underneath the sweater and de-pill with the other hand,” says Steve Boorstein, the founder of TheClothingDoctor.com. “That way, you won’t apply too much pressure and thin out the knit.” In a pinch, use a single-blade razor in a gentle way.
- Dingy White Shirts
Don’t try to get a second wearing out of anything white. “Any residue of perspiration, lotion, or perfume easily discolors the fabric if it sits too long, so launder immediately after wearing,” says Boorstein. To return a yellowed garment to its former glory, wash it in a sink in the hottest water that the fabric will allow using an ounce of oxygen bleach for every gallon of water. If this trick won’t fix the issue, toss it. By considering these things, you’ll keep your work style fashionable at the same time professional.