Seven Styles to Exile

By: Courtney Parker

No matter what kind of office environment you work in, the office dress code will continue to dictate your office outfit choices on a day-to-day basis. While some rules are pretty clear and set in stone, there are others that are typically deft with ambiguity and interpreted in a variety of ways. For example, the phrase ‘business casual’ is used to describe the dress code for casual Friday, but it is easily taken out of context by some to mean just plain casual. You always want to dress to impress and to stand out at work, but if you sport inappropriate styles, you will stand out for all of the wrong reasons. No matter what kind of office you work in, or what the dress code says, these are some styles that should just stay home and away from work—for good. 

exile 21. Wet Hair

Aside from the unfortunate mishap of a rainstorm ambushing you on your walk from your car to your office, there should never be an excuse to come to the office with wet locks. It looks sloppy and it indicates that you are too lazy or careless to dry your hair, definitely not the impression you want to make at work.

2. Jean shorts

Denim shorts are always in style and look great for a variety of events, such as on the weekends. They’re great for beating the summer heat and always comfortable, but they lack the polish to even come close to looking professional.

3. Flip Flops

While flip flops are the quintessential summer shoe, available in every thinkable color, pattern, and material, they are not an appropriate choice for the office. They wouldn’t pair well with a suit or a sheath dress, and would look far too casual if worn with your Friday jeans.

4. Anything Backless or Strapless

This one probably needs very little explanation. Strapless and backless dresses or tops are far too revealing to wear to the workplace. Such skin exposing styles should only be worn in your down time. 

5. Fish nets

Stockings and tights have made quite a return to the fashion world in the past year, but you should still leave the fishnet stockings at home. They look sloppy and cheapen your overall aesthetic at the office.  

6. Sheer Fabrics

Sheer fabrics are the perfect material for your beach cover up or for a shirt to wear to a concert this weekend, but they have no place in the professional atmosphere. A good rule of thumb for the appropriate material to wear at work is that you shouldn’t be able to see London, or France or—well, you know the rest.

7. Glitter or sequin anything

A sequin top or glittery dress is a fun flashy statement piece, but it will never be an appropriate choice of clothing to wear to work. 


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