Don’t ever wear these things to office — even if you work in an informal business environment
Business casual, classic casual, smart casual — the rules surrounding what to wear to work are constantly changing, and it’s hard to keep up. But there are a few things you can rule out.
It’s a general guide that will hopefully put you on the right track to professional outfits that will still let you express yourself. “The most important thing is to make sure your clothes are clean, pressed and that you’re putting your best foot forward at work,” Betsy Aimee, a digital content producer who writes on workplace fashion and entrepreneurship says. This is what you should avoid wearing:and entrepreneurship says. This is what you should avoid wearing:
Anything too transparent
Always wear a camisole or an undershirt. Remember it’s a professional set up and you don’t want to come across as someone who doesn’t invest time in dressing up. It may also send a wrong message.
Aimee said this is one of the most contentious points between younger and older employees — are leggings or yoga pants okay? Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are likely to say no, while millennials might argue that they’re okay.
Generally, you should follow what your bosses are wearing to work. If they’re not sporting leggings on a regular basis, you certainly shouldn’t either. “Wear what you’d like, but be mindful that people are forming an opinion of you,” Aimee says. Workout clothes don’t belong in even the most low-key workplaces.
Anything that’s too tight, too short, or too baggy
You are not a rapper from the mid-2000s. Don’t wear super baggy clothing. And tight clothes are also a major no.
Your employer might be hesitant to keep you on the payroll if it looks like you’re about to take a nap.
You can experiment with converting these pieces into daywear by throwing on a blazer, cardigan, scarf, or jacket. Otherwise, save them for the weekend.
Light-wash or ripped jeans
If you work in a truly casual outfit where your manager is sporting light-wash or ripped jeans, go ahead and sport them too. But typical business casual offices draw the line at dark-wash denim. Look around your workplace before you wear them the next time.
Congrats on all your bench presses and bicep curls. But, your co-workers don’t need to see your built. There’s a caveat here: plenty of stylish, professional sleeveless T-shirts are around for women. But men should keep their upper arms clothed at work.