What not to wear to work

My last post was about what to wear for work, but today’s post is about what not to wear to work.

This morning I ran across a blog post where the blogger mentioned her readers had asked for ideas of what to wear to work and church. I was curious. So I clicked through.

The blogger was lovely, and all of the outfits were cute but not for work. They could be great for church, absolutely… or a date… or  girls night out… Just not work.

So what did these outfits have in common, and why am I telling you not to wear them to work? 

First off they were all very feminine.

What not to wear  to work 1

Here is the first dress she recommends. It’s cute!  It’s not my style, but it’s cute. (Interestingly it was longer on the blogger than it shows on the site. And she didn’t appear petite.)

what not to wear to work

Does this mean you can’t wear extra feminine clothing to work? Am I trying to limit you? The answer is “no, definitely not.”

You simply need to balance feminine clothing with tailored pieces to be taken seriously. Whether you dress in traditional business wear, business casual, or casual, the majority of your outfit needs to be read tailored. 

Tailored design elements include:

  • straight lines
  • small/angular shapes
  • firmer fabrics and
  • darker colors.

These elements communicate that you’re authoritative, you belong, you’re knowledgeable and so on.

Sounds kind of boring, huh? Actually, nothing could be further from the truth! There are so many different combinations of clothes you can create, and that’s where your personal style comes in.

It’s just a matter of getting the right combination of your personal style and the tailored design elements to create a great look that can help you move up the corporate ladder or be successful in any professional endeavor.

What not to wear  to work 2

Here’s another example of what our blogger showed for what to wear to work.

What not to wear to work number two

At first glance this didn’t look so bad. In fact, I clicked through to the website to see the dress closer. 

I actually think the model on the site is computer generated. I don’t think she’s real. Too flat. Something’s just a little off.

But Walmart has a really cool feature where you can see models in different sizes.You enter your size and height, and there are several to choose from.

(Let me just say I don’t really recommend Walmart for professional wear for many reasons, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.)

So out of curiosity, I “created” a 5’6” size M model. 

It was interesting to see what “I” looked like. Unfortunately I couldn’t download the pic; my computer is being a little wonky. I highly recommend checking this out though.

Can I just say the dress did not look so great on “me”? It hung oddly and was rather matronly. It reminded me of my grandmother’s house coats. Did your grandma warehouse coats?

Needless to say, it wasn’t a great look for work.  None of my clients have ever told me they want to be perceived as matronly!

On the other hand, this style of dress might not be so bad on the right body type in a solid color…if it fit well. 

There are all kinds of posts on my blog, showing you what to wear to work. I encourage you to look around. 

Hopefully showing you what not to wear to work has been helpful for you today. Let me know in the comments below.

If you’re not sure what to wear to work, let’s talk and see if we can get you an amazing wardrobe that helps you feel confident and advance in your career.

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