Guest Post From OF Mercer – Stylish Work Wear
Dressing for success means incorporating your personal style into your work wardrobe in a way that makes you feel confident and professional within the confines of your office dress code. But with such a range of office dress codes, doing so can be easier said than done. Whether your dress code is business formal, business casual, or somewhere in the middle, there are some basic principles you should always follow when shopping for new work clothes or just getting dressed in the morning. Here are our Top Five Rules Of The Road for office dressing, from head to toe:
Save those low blouses for date night, at the office you should always remain professional. The neckline of your top should never be more than 4” below your collarbone, and if you have to ask, then it’s too low cut for work.
Keep it Tailored
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To keep a professional look, clothes should be well-tailored through the body but never tight. Look for pieces with seam work – they will likely fit your body better and are easier to tailor if needed.
No Cold Shoulders
If you’re working in a more conservative environment, keep your shoulders covered with sleeves, a cardigan, or blazer (or at least have one handy on the back of your chair). If you’re wearing sleeveless, make sure the strap is wide and never shows your bra strap.
Not too Much Leg
Hemlines should never be more than 2” above your knee. Before you buy any dress or skirt, do the “sit down test” to make sure your hem doesn’t ride up too high.
For shoes, keep any platforms at less than ½” and heel height to a max of 4”. Test your shoes to make sure they don’t make any smacking noises (i.e., flip flops or ill-fitting slingbacks), and most importantly, that you can walk normally!
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