As dress codes loosen up and temperatures rise, we’ve noticed women pushing their work attire to the limit. We started wondering: are tank tops fair game? And how can you tell if a skirt is too short? Every office environment has its own set of fashion rules, so we checked in with Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, the ladies behind the popular fashion site “Who What Wear” and the helpful new handbook, “What to Wear, Where” to get the scoop on general wardrobe guidelines for the work place. Here are their seven fashion don’ts for the office.
1. Nightclub shoes “We always say not to wear anything to the office that you’d wear to a nightclub–that includes extreme platforms or overly edgy shoes. Keep it timeless with a modest heel in classic shapes like a peep toe, pointy toe, or even a wedge, which can be easier to walk in. If you want to play with trends and your office environment calls for a more creative style, go for color or print, but just keep the shape conservative.”
2. Wrinkled or stained clothing “We believe that every working woman should own a steamer. It’s a game changer. No matter how late you are, make sure to take a moment and check your garments for wrinkles and stains. Nothing is worse than seeing a gorgeous, powerful woman in a shirt that looks like it was picked up off the floor or from the back of a drawer and put on her back.”
3. Excessive makeup and/or perfume Click here to read more on this story.