We're often asked what constitutes inappropriate office clothes, and we get why that is… Knowing what works and what doesn’t is a tricky thing. Whether you work in a casual environment or have a job in creative industry, the lines can get blurred, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to a pantsuit. On the contrary: Your clothes can be a reflection of your personality and personal style at the office, but there are a few pieces that should generally be avoided.
Curious to find out the opinion of fashion girls, I went straight to the source by finding out which pieces my fellow Who What Wear editors skip at work. The resulting list includes everything from shoulder-baring tops to athleisure streetwear to casual shoes. Overall, they have a tendency to leave behind anything that shows too much skin or is better suited to the weekend. And when in doubt, it's always better to err on the side of caution.
Keep reading to find out the eight items to ditch for the office; then shop pieces that are editor-approved.
"I would never wear something strapless to the office—or even a spaghetti strap, for that matter. A tank top with a thicker strap is fine, but anything smaller than that should be saved for the weekend." — Lauren Eggertsen, associate editor
"This may be setting the bar a bit low, but I would never wear flip-flops to the office. Instead, I'd opt for slides or heeled sandals that feel a bit more polished." — Aemilia Madden, editor
"There are a lot of things I'd never wear to the office, but a no-brainer for me is anything that completely exposes my shoulders, e.g., off-the-shoulder, strapless, and one-shoulder tops and dresses. Instead, I love wearing oversize blazers with tees, jeans or black trousers, and heels or loafers." — Allyson Payer, editor
"I'd never wear (or at least I hope I've never worn) anything that's see-through, like a sheer top or white linen pants. Instead, I like to keep my work wardrobe stocked with polished pieces like the below trousers." — Michelle Scanga, managing editor
"I always steer away from super-tall shoes (at the office and in general). Instead, I tend to wear cool shoes with a lower heel. Right now, I'm all about the kitten heel." — Kristen Nichols, associate editor
"Personally, I'd never wear a romper or playsuit with short bottoms—reserve that one for brunch with friends on the weekend! Here's a jumpsuit I'd love to wear to the office." — Anna LaPlanca, assistant editor
"As someone who's a bit bustier, I would never wear an ill-fitting button-down to the office. While leaving a couple buttons undone is fine, it's not a move I feel comfortable with at work. And gaping buttons just look sloppy to me. If I can't find a button-down that fits right (or find a tailor that can help), I lean toward more structured tops that don't require any type of fastenings." — Gina Marinelli, senior news editor
"I would personally never wear a hoodie to the office. Even though there are super-cute ones out there—and I live in them when I get home—I would rather go with something more polished for the office, like a chic blazer." — Erin Fitzpatrick, news editor
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