This is one of the most dreaded questions of the morning? Opinions are galore on office dressing. Is there a benchmark on office wear?
Just like there are no black and white in personalities, there is no demarcation of right and wrong here…just grey shades. A fine line exists though.
Before you know what to wear, please know what NOT to wear.
What not to wear on work
Certain garments and styles are simply unsuitable for the office environment. For example:
- They give you the non-serious look, unless, of course, you are a movie producer or director and are shooting outdoors.
- Body-hugging outfits. This applies for both men and women. Sure you got a sensuous figure or eight envious packs; but please, this is office and people come here to work. No distractions. There is a whole world outside office. You can use such clothes there.
- Wet hair is a no-no. It shows your ill-grooming attitude and lack of time management. You did not get time to dry and style your hair; how will you manage your office work? Well-styled, clean hair are a must. They can even out shadow a plain, average outfit.
- Please, no sneakers in the office! Get some sexy pumps or formal shoes. No stilettos too…and no flip-flops. Be serious…this is your workplace. Kitten heels are out of fashion. Either choose wedges or pumps or pencil heels, if you can carry the last ones confidently. You don’t want the “oops” moments in office when you stumble with your heels, do you? In case you are not the “heel person,” a sober pair of flat ballerinas or peep-toes can work.
- Shorts are a strict no at the workplace, unless you work in a high-profile fashion magazine or you are a model and your workplace is the ramp!
- Sheer clothing and hot pants are out of question for office. They snatch away the seriousness from you.
What to wear
- The darling of most corporate ladies is pencil skirt and a well-cut blazer with a button-down shirt beneath. It looks smart, irrespective of age. Cigarette pants are also in. Pair them with pumps and a well-fitted blazer to look hot without looking distractive.
- Office wear is not limited to pastels. Reds, blues, purples, and whites are terrific to break the boring formal norm.
- If you are fond of skirts, make sure they touch your knees or are just above your knees. Short skirts are a big NO.
- Button up your shirts. Office is not the right place to show cleavage.
- Who says you can only wear strictly formal shirts? Choose blouses in rich colors with some frills and laces to show your feminine side; but keep the frilly part minimal.
- Wear a single accessory that stands out. For example, a stunning watch or bracelet or a ring. Don’t wear everything at the same time.
- Avoid dangling earrings. Tops are best.
- If you love to wear your hair loose, make sure they are well-set and well-conditioned; no fly-away strands.
Always remember to wear your confidence and smile to work. Nothing beats this.