When it comes to etiquette, it seems like as time passes, rules are constantly changing. For example: Where we once would never consider leggings outside of a gym or off the field, now, thanks to the athleisure trend, you can wear them to dinner without having anyone look twice—and that’s only the start. To help get us up to speed on our outfit etiquette for 2016, we recently reached out to etiquette expert Lizzie Post—author and spokeswoman for The Emily Post Institute, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast—to share her must-know tips with us.
Scroll through to read what she had to say!
"While there are certain places you probably should avoid wearing leggings to regardless (think: your office, a place of worship, or a high-end restaurant)… You’re more likely to get away with a leggings as pants if they’re tight fitting, black, and in a thicker, higher-end material." — Lizzie Post
"It’s important to adhere to that and respect the wishes of people throwing the event. So, if an event is black-tie, you really need to be at that level… If you don’t know the dress code, [my] first tip is to try to find out by asking either whoever invited you, or if you’re a guest of someone’s, have them reach out… If you’re unable to find out, semiformal is always a safe route." — Lizzie Post
"Stains and wrinkles are distractions and make you look less put together… No matter how much you love a shirt, if it has a stain that won’t come out, it’s no longer appropriate. It’s most often an emotional attachment with a particular item that gets us into trouble with that, but eventually it’s just time to let go." — Lizzie Post
"Comfort is important, but you should keep those around you in mind… From the person sitting next to you on the plane ... to a business contact, you might run into, dress in such a way that you’re prepared for everything." — Lizzie Post
"While now many offices have relaxed (or simply no) dress codes… you still need to remember that you’re professional 24/7... Even if you’re going from work to drinks or to the gym, it’s not just about you feeling comfortable in your “weekend clothes” but [that] you want to make sure your co-workers feel comfortable, too… It’s important to ask the company you’re starting at what are the norms and expectations, since it’s so industry-specific." — Lizzie Post
What fashion rules do you swear by? Tell us in the comments!