Fashion Tips: 13 Looks You Should Never Wear at Work
Mega-cleavage tops (or mega-butt-cleavage bottoms!)
We haven’t seen a scientific survey on this yet, but we’re pretty sure that 10 out of 10 of coworkers don’t want to see each other’s bods on full display. Avoid making your outfit an office fashion scandal and save skin-baring clothes for the beach or dance floor.
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We know it’s hard to resist showing love for your fave band or witty catchphrase, but there’s a time and a place for it. (Spoiler alert: Work’s not one of ‘em.)
Ripped, shredded or tattered anything
Fashion rule of thumb: If it looks like it got in a fight with your neighbor’s cat or like it was used for training by a ninja squad, you probably shouldn’t be wearing it to the office. (Unless, of course, your gig involves your being on a ninja squad, in which case, high-five, girl!)
Insanely short shorts or miniskirts
Barely there hemlines may be cute at a club or out and about on a sweltering day, but make sure your bottoms pass the “Can I bend down in this gracefully?” fashion prescreen before you head off to your big meeting. Eyebrow-raising styles like these will only be a distraction from your awesome work.
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Flip-flops, gardening shoes or snow boots
Unless you’re a nurse, lifeguard or ski instructor, proper footwear is capital-R required if you want to look sophisticated (and ready to take on that VIP project) at work.
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Here’s one of the rare occasions in which you shouldn’t take a fashion cue from celebs: You’re trying to get noticed at work, not hide your identity, right? Save the hat for the weekend ballgame instead!
Leggings…instead of pants
Ladies, a gentle fashion reminder: Just because leggings and pants are sort of in the same family doesn’t mean they’re interchangeable. Unless it’s a casual Friday and you’re sporting them under a skirt—or a looong tunic that covers your cute butt—just say no to bringing spandex into the office.
When you accessorize in the A.M., ask yourself this fashion question first: Can I hear myself walking toward the front door? If the answer’s yes, then your jangly bracelets or clinking necklaces aren’t work-friendly (especially if you have a noise-sensitive cubicle neighbor).
OK, you’ve got a presentation on the 16th floor and a business lunch on the fourth—but if you can’t walk without being on wobble-watch, how are you going to get there? Plus, these hard-to-saunter-in shoes can make you look less confident, which is probably not the image you want to project in front of the boss. When it comes to office-appropriate fashion, just say no to crazy high heels.
Pants that show VPL
For those of us who need a refresher, VPL = visual panty line. Part two of the definition that was left out of the dictionary? It’s also a seriously distracting work-fashion no-no.