Work wear, corporate styles and and business fashions for chic + corporate women.
As someone who spends 40+ hours/week in an office in New York, I’ve seen my fair share of workwear ensembles throughout the years. While some manage to make their workwear fashion look effortless and chic, I often see too many people looking unpolished and unconfident in their workwear attire. Here are my top four faux paus, and things to avoid at work:
Not Dressing to Compliment Your Body Type - I can’t tell you how many men and women wear ill-fitting clothing in the workplace. Blouses and button-ups that are too tight, pants that drag on the ground, sweaters that are baggy and could also house a small kangaroo inside … believe me it’s out there.
Try This: Invest in clothing that offers a bit of stretch in the material, and visit a tailor to have clothing properly fitted. Source clothing that fits your frame (without being too tight) for whatever size you wear. You’ll feel better … promise.
Leaving Too Little to the Imagination - Less is more, especially if you are on the taller side. If you’re in a seated position interacting with clients who are standing when conversing with you (i.e. a receptionist or someone who works at a desk) no one should be able to see down your shirt when standing next to you. Hemlines should hit at an appropriate length (I always recommend knee length or close to it). Colleagues should not be able to see your bra lines/straps when walking behind you. Cleavage is no bueno.
Try This: Find a way to source chic, classic and timeless pieces that give you confidence and leave everything to the imagination. Take a solid and critical look at yourself in the mirror each morning. Anything that looks like it might be too tight, too revealing, too short, etc. probably is, and you should save it for another time.
Open Toed Shoes - This depends greatly on the type of business environment you work in, but I personally opt out of open toed shoes in the office. People have mixed feelings about feet, and pedicures only last so long.
Try This: Flip flops or beach sandals are better served on the sand. If you want to wear a strappy sandal for summer, opt for a shoe where your toes are still covered, like these from Sole Society. Just keep it classy.
Dressing for the Job You Have - As many companies move towards a more “business casual” environment, be warned that this old adage still remains true. Your workwear relays a message (both consciously and subconsciously) about how seriously you take your position, and how seriously you take yourself.
Try This: Observe what your boss is wearing, and what their superiors are wearing. Find clothing that is similar to their type of workwear while maintaining an age-appropriateness and some of your personal style (think accessories). And always opt for quality over quantity.
What are the fashion faux pas you’ve seen in the workplace? Do you have repeat offenders in your office?
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