with Susan Wagner
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I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway. (Plus: join The Working Closet’s Flickr pool!)
Categories: casual office
I work from home and my work wardrobe is pretty casual. But I am still hyper conscious of the way what I am wearing influences people’s impressions of my qualifications, if only because, more than once, I’ve been caught in a ball cap and worn out yoga pants when someone asked “What do you do?” and I’ve had to say, “Uh, I’m a fashion blogger . . . . ” Impressive.
In this age of casual offices and working-from-home, the rules for what constitutes appropriate work attire have gotten confusing. But there absolutely ARE still rules and you absolutely need to follow them, because like it or not, the way you present yourself tells clients quite a lot about how you will do your job. And so I bring you . . .
Five Things You Should Never EVER Wear to Work (and by “work” I mean “any setting in which you will be representing yourself as a professional with specific expertise in your field”).
1. Flip flops. I love flip flops, particularly for summer, but they are not appropriate for the office. Nicer flip flops–made of leather, say, or even those pretty ones with the ribbon straps–are fine for weekends or evenings, but never for work. And those rubbery ones from Target should not EVER be worn outside the house. EVER.
2. Visible underwear. I don’t mean visible panty lines (although that’s something to avoid as well); I mean high waisted underpants with a low-waisted trouser or skirt. If you opt for pants with a lower rise (which I am all in favor of, by the way) please PLEASE put on some panties that fit properly. The same goes for your bra–straps should stay under cover during the day, and NO ONE should see the pretty lace detail on the front.
3. Visible stomach. I don’t care how fantastic your stomach looks, unless you are a belly dancer, exposing it during the work day is not professional. By the same token, your shirt should still touch your waistband in the back when you sit down. This is where I find most women falling down. When you’re putting together an outfit, do everything you will be doing at work. Stand, sit, bend over, reach up. Be sure that your top and bottom meet in the middle all the time.
4. Shorts. Yes I know that longer “city” shorts are big this year and yes I know that you can buy shorts SUITS, but I’m putting my foot down here. Shorts are casual wear, no matter what you make them out of, and they are not appropriate for work (unless you are a park ranger or a camp counselor). For hot days, go with a skirt or dress or cropped pants, but do NOT wear shorts.
5. Jangly jewelry. Charm bracelets are lovely, but if yours is particularly noisy, or if it is going to clank against your laptop when you type, think twice about wearing it to work. The clink clink of your bling will distract potential clients from the brilliance of your mind.
Easy enough! Right?
Now that you’ve brushed up on what not to wear, let’s see what you ARE wearing. Upload your photos to The Working Closet Flickr pool and then tell us a little about your outfit. Where were you going, where did you get your suit, why do you love this particular look or piece or ensemble? I get most of my style inspiration from seeing what other women put on in the morning, how they mix and match pieces, and I’m dying to see what YOU ALL are wearing. I’ll be posting pictures of my work wardrobe, too, just to keep things fair.
And, as always, if you have a question you can e-mail me, at fridaystyle DOT susan AT gmail DOT com.
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