If you’re one of those rare creatures who nails their office outfit every single day, this article isn’t for you. For the rest of us (ourselves included!), a little guidance to avoid the common pitfalls of work dressing never hurts. Because, we hate to scare you, there’s probably at least one outfit faux pas you might be unknowingly committing. Read on to make sure you never earn the dreaded side eye from your boss.
When in doubt, opt for closed-toe heels.
Daring to go sleeveless? Just make sure the dress or top’s shape is structured, and the fabric extends further out onto the shoulder.
A polished up-do makes a better impression than loose locks.
If you have a second of hesitation about a dress or skirt being too short for the office, you shouldn't wear it.
Once your nail polish starts to noticeably chip, touch it up or remove the polish entirely.
Heels! They look infinitely more polished than flats.
If you can get away with jeans at the office, make sure they pass this three-prong test: they can't be faded, skin-tight, or ripped.
If you want to wear a more casual item, like flats or a t-shirt, balance it out with professional pieces, like a blazer and smart trousers.
Ann Taylor City Promenade Pants ($98)
Chinti And Parker Printed Cotton Dress ($235)
ASOS New Look Tailored Blazer ($53)
Equipment Slim Signature Blouse ($204)
Anthropologie Near Wild Pencil Skirt ($150)
Guess Gold-Tone Feminine Classic Sport Watch ($125)
Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel ($325)
Topshop Glory High Court Shoes ($95)