Office attire has really changed. It’s hard to keep up with what’s appropriate. This article, How to dress your best in any work environment, from a casual office to the boardroom, offers several good tips on what to wear from baseline casual to boardroom professional.
It’s recommended that professionals observe their office culture and dress accordingly. Being noticed for your ideas and good work is better than being noticed for what you’re wearing.
Coco Chanel once famously said:
“Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress; dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.”
What we wear is a very important part of our image and in a work environment, we have to be careful about our choices.
With that in mind, here are five quick tips for office attire:
1. Generally speaking, if you’d wear it out to the clubs with friends, it’s probably not appropriate for the office.
2. Cleavage isn’t ever appropriate for work. The neckline of your top should never be more than 4” below your collarbone, and if you have to ask, then it’s too low cut for work. And when wearing a shirt or blouse at work, never unbutton more than two buttons.
3. At the office, a blouse without sleeves should cover your shoulders. “Spaghetti” straps are not appropriate.
4. Sheer fabrics and clingy styles are a no-no. Many of today’s dresses are unlined, so it is important to wear a slip to keep the fabric from clinging to the wrong places or exposing your figure. (Shop Loti slips—we’re having a 40% off sale)
5. If jeans are appropriate attire at your office, choose denim that is dark and appropriately fitted. (Nothing skin tight or distressed).
We hope this little list helps steer you in the right direction.