9 Style Rules Every Working Woman Should Follow

Every office is different, but we think these hard-and-fast fashion rules are applicable to almost any workplace setting. Go ahead and check out our handy wardrobe guide to ensure you’re not the reason HR is sending out that dress code refresher.

Rule 1: Your neckline should never be lower than 4 inches below your collarbone.

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Amlul

Rule 2: Sleeveless tops should extend to the edges of your shoulders. No spaghetti straps allowed!

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Candice Lake

Rule 3: When in doubt, wear pumps.

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Fash N Chips

Rule 4: Jeans necessitate more formal pairings, like a blazer and smart oxfords.

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An Unknown Quantity

Theory Gabe B 2 Blazer ($395) in Urban Stretch Wool
?Forever 21 Sleek Pointed Oxfords ($33) in Silver

Rule 5: Make sure all items are pressed and as wrinkle-free as possible.

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Tuula Vintage

Rule 6: Don’t go overboard with print mixing. A subtle stripe and floral is on point.

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What The Chung

Brooks Brothers Button-Down Striped French Cuff Shirt ($150)
?Prabal Gurung Pansy Print Skirt ($597)

Rule 7: If you wear a slightly sheer top, make sure to top it with a blazer. Wear a camisole underneath to be extra safe.

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Fashion Vibe

Topshop Georgia Collarless Blazer ($90)
?Acne Studios Copy Linen T-Shirt ($127)

 

Rule 8: The safest hemline is at the knee. Never go shorter than a few inches above the knee.

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A Love Is Blind

Theory Golda 2 Skirt ($200) in Urban Stretch Wool

Rule 9: If you want to wear a bold piece like printed pants, balance it with polished items, like a crisp white blouse.

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Candice Lake

Marc by Marc Jacobs Retro Geometric Printed Trousers ($407)

What office style rules do you live by? Let us know in the comments below!