Hey, Paper Doll, Let’s talk SFW and Business Casual

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No doubt about it, dress codes can be difficult to navigate.  But here are some things that “safe-for-work” (and here I am talking about most “corporate” desk jobs) should honestly never, ever, ever include:

  • Thongs/flippy-flops
  • Ugg boots
  • Any kind of pajama
  • Sweat pants
  • Yoga pants
  • Cut-offs
  • Anything that shows your bra or bra-straps on purpose
  • Skirts so short that could be mistaken for a belt
  • Tube tops
  • Ripped/super-distressed denim
  • Anything that reveals any part of your midriff (sorry Taylor Swifty, but we all know that *you* don’t have a desk job)

And here’s a list that I’d consider you to think hard about twice before wearing. A lot of these could fly in many contemporary offices, but if you’re headed to an interview (!), or a new office, when in doubt (scream and shout) avoid these items, too:

  • Any kind of shorts (even the “fancy” ones)
  • Open toed-shoes/sandals (even peeps)
  • Tops/dresses that reveal cleavage
  • Tank tops
  • Halter tops
  • Any cutaway style (even if it uses lace or sheer to obscure skin)
  • Unlined lace or sheer tops that reveal undergarments
  • Thigh-high boots
  • Leather/pleather pants
  • Tights as pants

Remember, Taylor Swift is a rock-star by profession and Amal Clooney is playing the part of celebrity wife, not barrister, when you’re catching her in photos in People. When it’s time for you to shine for the paparazzi, be sure you go no-holds-barred but until then, remember who you are and what you’re dressing to do.


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