Fashion people are known for their sleek, forward-feeling ensembles. They seriously look on point no matter where they're headed—whether that's going out on the weekends, running errands, or heading to the office. When it comes to the latter, there are clearly certain items this creative set opts for in the workplace (cue: culottes and gorgeous stilettos), but there's actually a slew of items they avoid in order to look their absolute best.
To give you a sense of the things real fashion people don't wear in the office, we tapped some of our favorite industry girls to get the scoop. We recommend taking notes because if there's anyone you should trust about what is and isn't appropriate in the office, it's these ladies.
Keep scrolling to check out the items you should skip—no matter what kind of profession you have. Plus, go a bit further to shop sleek work-appropriate essentials.
"Even though I love an off-the-shoulder top as much as the next girl, I highly doubt I'd ever wear one to the office. They can often read as sexy, casual, or a mix of both, and I like to be more covered up in an office setting." — Nikki Ogunnaike, Elle.com
"I am a firm believer in dressing for your work environment. While being based downtown allows for more casual dressing and my go-to boyfriend jeans and flats, I would never dare to wear a hat of any kind or a printed legging. You never know when you might have a last-minute meeting outside the office with a client or editor." — Adee Drexler, Infinity Creative Agency
"Sunglasses. Eye contact is imperative in the workplace." — Rachel Wang, Allure
"In my opinion, the biggest fashion faux-pas would be wearing crop tops at work. Keep these pieces for going out with friends in the evening or on weekends!" — Simone Kuhfal, FORWARD by Elyse Walker
"There are many things I would not wear to the office, even in the casual fashion-friendly environment I work in. The first would be anything sheer. The office is not the place to test the boundaries on the level of coverage your clothing provides you. The second would be a romper. That might seem obvious to some, but this one goes out to the office newbies—If you want to look professional and gain respect, you need to dress the part, and I can guarantee you that a short floral romper won't do the trick. The same goes for something too casual like a hoodie." — Lauren Eggertsen, Who What Wear
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Pull off one of this season's favorite trends in an office-appropriate way.
Liven up a classic pair of black trousers with this fun sweater.
You'll use this bag for years and years.
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Cuffs like these look great peeping out from under the sleeves of a blazer or statement coat.
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If you work in a more creative setting, try a sleek moto jacket with a blouse.
Layer this underneath a structured jacket, slip into a pair of nice jeans and pumps, and you have the perfect casual Friday look.
This bag is an editor favorite.
Who said work trousers had to be boring?
What would you never wear to your office? Let us know in the comments below!
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