How to dress appropriately for the office

Are you the picture of professionalism in the office? Before you put anything on, it’s probably best to check out your company specific dress code. A good number of offices are business casual, but rules can vary.

Are you the picture of professionalism in the office? Before you put anything on, it’s probably best to check out your company specific dress code. A good number of offices are business casual, but rules can vary.

Office fashion don’ts

As a general rule, avoiding the following is probably best: sweat pants, sneakers, t-shirts, sloppy items like ripped jeans, revealing items like spaghetti straps, strapless tops, or tank tops, flip flops, cheap suits, or anything polyester.

Classically accepted office attire

Instead, stick to cleaned and pressed pants and button down shirts, skirts no shorter than just above-the-knee, v-neck sweaters, shoes that cover both your heel and toes, and camisoles; as long as they’re in good taste and worn under a jacket.

Jeans are somewhere on the middle ground; if you opt for them, make sure they’re straight legged, dark, and absent any “wear lines” or other markings. Many companies only allow jeans on casual Friday.

Stay polished and professional in the office. It’s also best to avoid wearing any strongly scented perfume or cologne, unless your office is in Paris.

 

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