There are certain things that I feel should never be worn in an office environment, regardless of how casual your office is. They’re items of clothing that just aren’t office-friendly, and should be left at home for other, non-work activities. My list is relatively short, and applies to those who work in a fairly standard office environment. Obviously, this stuff won’t apply to some jobs, but in general, here’s what I feel is inappropriate in an office.
- Flip Flops
- Dirty Sneakers
- Sweat Pants, Yoga Pants, or Other Gym Attire
- Extensive Cleavage
- Miniskirts & Short-Shorts
- Spaghetti Straps
- Torn Denim
- Visible Undergarments
In addition to all of that, I think it’s important for people to consider what they’re wearing when it comes to size and odor as well. Yes, you read that right, odor.
In terms of size, something that’s too tight isn’t appropriate in an office environment. Clothing that’s too tight often results in showing off a little more than necessary. On the other side of the spectrum, clothing that’s too big could gap and reveal things that you shouldn’t be showing at the office either. Bottom line? Make sure the clothes you wear to the office fit properly.
Strong odors are something people often complain about at work. An odor could be the result of too much perfume, but it could also be the result of poor personal hygiene or lack of doing laundry. Either way, they’re things that you need to be mindful of when dressing for the office, especially if you work in a common space shared by others. Nothing is more awkward than having to tell a coworker their odor is unbearable.
If you’re not sure about something in your wardrobe, ask a trusted friend for their opinion (or your mother, if she’s anything like mine and gives you an honest opinion). If you’re still unsure, take a photo of the item and bring it in and ask your supervisor or someone in HR. They will most definitely be able to tell you if something is appropriate or not.
What do you think? Is this list on par with your thoughts regarding what’s not appropriate for work? Let me know in the comments!