If you’re working in a professional environment, you must have that sleek, polished, and reputable style that can be reflected in all your outfit choices. However, do you really know what counts as professional? Pantsuits, matronly orthopedic shoes, and shoulder pads aren’t fun that makes it harder to decode the unspoken rules of office fashion. So, keep on reading for the 6 office wardrobe crimes as well as how to avoid committing them.
- Looking overly casual with denim outfits.
Jeans are gaining ground as acceptable office-wear, but while they’re not technically dangerous in and of themselves, they can lead to more outrageous fashion crimes. Like fashion blogger Laura Dittrich, dress up your white jeans with a sharp blazer, and a structured bag to add some polish to your office looks. Save those ripped jeans, slouchy pants, and faded trousers for your casual weekends. Like fashion blogger Emily Jackson, look chic with a pair of dark skinny jeans teamed with a feminine blouse and nude heels.
- Wearing ill-fitting clothes.
Though we gain and lose weight, that’s not an excuse to wear ill-fitting clothes. Outfits that fit you two years ago may hang loose or squeeze the wrong places, but part of looking professional means not dressing like you stole your clothes from someone three sizes smaller than you are. Since a proper fit is important both for comfort and style, go for a good tailor that can make the necessary alterations cheaply and quickly. This way, your older clothes can look like they were made for you, making you look like you were made for the job.
- Showing too much skin or wearing sexy pieces at workplace.
Professional attire can be sexy, but sexy doesn’t necessarily mean professional. Just keep skirts on the knees or even 2 to 3 inches of the knee, and do your best to cover up when wearing shorter dresses. Though there’s something flirty about a little bit of lace or a bra strap peeking out, it doesn’t convey a professional image. However, as with anything when it comes to bare skin, it’s best to err on the side of caution and keep your legs, chest, and back discreetly covered. Though tights might sometimes work, professional women steer clear of fishnets and distractingly patterned tights.
- Not paying attention to wrinkles, stains and tears on your office outfits.
Looking after your appearance may not be explicitly stated in your job description, but it’s an expectation. If you got some coffee spills or stockings run, take care of them by having some handy clothes at your desk. However, wrinkles and missing buttons are totally unforgivable. Since our clothes take care of our reputation, we must also take care of them.
- Wearing inappropriate pieces at the workplace.
Workout wear and flip flops are definitely not for the office. Though you have the right to wear a comfortable outfit to work, you must be careful wearing casual pieces like tees, sweaters, and joggers. No matter how laidback your office is, don’t wear flip-flops. Like fashion blogger Emily Jackson, you may wear a black tee with your midi skirt, but keep it sleek and formal. Or, wear a shirtdress that looks polished, neat, and chic.
- Over-accessorizing and logo overkill.
An outfit without accessories tends to look boring, but your accessories that you’re going to wear to the office should be in line with the image you want to project. Sleek, discerning, sophisticated and elegant are all good places to start. So, save your funky, distracting, outrageous, and flashy accessories on your casual weekend. If you wish to wear some designer pieces, be careful of the logo overkill. Designer items are a status symbol and a mark of good taste, but flaunting it isn’t. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t show off. Just be subtle about it and stay professional. By taking these things into consideration, you’ll avoid office wardrobe crimes and look professional at your workplace.