The Golden Rules You Should Know About Office Dressing

When it comes to dressing for work, the set of dos and don'ts can be daunting. But when you're at least aware of them, you're likely to subconsciously follow them. Our 10 golden rules of dressing for the office will ensure that you're prepared for whatever the day may bring, you impress your boss, and you feel confident, all of which will help your career. (Because who wants to think about their outfits all the time when they're gunning for a promotion?) To help you to achieve all of this, we highlighted 10 things that will seamlessly help you to navigate what not to wear to work and found a few very stylish women who know how it's done. Nine-to-fivers, this one's for you!

Keep scrolling to get to know the commandments and shop the pieces that are in keeping with these all-important tips.

Thou Shalt Embrace Color

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While it can be tempting to wear nothing but neutrals every day, you'll experience a boost of energy when you add some color into your office attire, and your co-workers' compliments will prove that others have taken note.

Thou Shalt Be Wrinkle-Free

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Take our advice: Avoid costly trips to the dry cleaner and invest in a steamer already.

Thou Shalt Not Wear Anything Requiring a Strapless Bra

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Consider it a sure sign that your outfit is too revealing.

Thou Shalt Have Polished Flats on Hand

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Always be prepared for an impromptu trek across town if an unexpected meeting comes up.

Thou Shalt Not Wear a Questionably Short Item

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If you have to question it, it's too short for work. Trust us.

Thou Shalt Stick to Clean-Cut Denim

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If you're able to wear jeans to the office, make sure they're free of fading and distress. Opt for a crisp, dark pair instead.

Thou Shalt Balance Casual Pieces With Professional Ones

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If you want to incorporate casual pieces, a polished blazer, crisp pair of trousers, or block-heel shoes will do wonders for a T-shirt, for example.

Thou Shalt Have a Just-in-Case Uniform

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Having a go-to look in the event that an unexpected meeting with your boss pops on the calendar or big presentation is scheduled last-minute will do wonders for your anxiety levels.

Thou Shalt Plan Your Outfit the Night Before

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Without the stressful time constraints of weekday mornings, you'll likely choose more appropriate, stylish office attire. And sleeping an extra 15 minutes in the morning is kind of a big deal.

Thou Shalt Not Wear Anything Your Boss Wouldn't Wear

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Always follow your boss's lead. This is perhaps the biggest indicator of whether or not your outfit is appropriate for the workplace.

Shop pieces in keeping with these 10 golden rules:

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has recently been updated.