The Bra "Rule" Every Working Woman Should Know

Dressing for the office doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you’ve read our style guidelines every woman should follow and the 10 commandments of dressing for any workplace. Today, we’re adding another token of office attire advice to the list. During a recent brainstorm, our co-founder, Hillary Kerr, mentioned a simple yet highly useful tip that I thought was too good not to share.

“I’ve always felt that if an outfit requires a ‘stunt bra’—meaning: strapless, one-shoulder, or whatever—it probably isn’t the best choice for the office. It’s a boring rule of thumb, but I think it’s important to err on the side of professionalism versus the ultimate expression of your personal style—at least when you’re at work,” she recommends. We’ve all been there, at some point in our career, trying on an outfit and second-guessing if it’s right for the office or not. The next time you’re in that situation remember to play by Kerr’s rule to avoid any regrettable outfit decisions.

Do you have a style “rule” we should know about? Let us know in the comments, and in the meantime, shop the pieces that are always appropriate for the office below.

Elevate your everyday outfit with ease.

Available in sizes 34 to 44.

One of the season’s coolest trends: architectural earrings.

Simple and so chic.

Available in sizes 0X to 3X.

This neutral skirt will soon become your favorite office essential.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

You can never have too many simple turtlenecks.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

This wrap dress will be sure to earn you some compliments around the office.

Available in size L to XL.

An elegant basic you can wear well into fall.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

These modern shoes would pair nicely with a great statement top.

Available in sizes 9.5 to 10.

Add this piece to any outfit to make it look more professional.

Available in size 20.

Freshen up the classic work shirt with some fun sleeves.

Available in sizes S to L.

This piece can easily transition from office to night.

Available in sizes 22 to 24.

These high-waisted checkered trousers will never go out of style.

Available in sizes 0 to 4.

Style these basic shoes with every outfit for the week.

Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.

Add a fun pattern to your work wardrobe. You won’t regret it!

Available in sizes XS to L.

These are sure to last you season after season.

Available in size 14 to 20.

We love this sophisticated take on stripes.

Available in sizes 0 to 3.

Pair this striped top with sleek black trousers for a stylish office look.

Available in size 14 to 20.

This structured handbag is sure to turn heads.

This blazer will keep you cool and stylish.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Up next, read the dos and don’ts of every dress code.