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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.

In the wild: gone wrong

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Sometimes we make poor outfit choices. We all do. We’re rushed. Or we get fixated on grabbing for our favorite items. But sometimes things go very wrong–as they did for our consultant who turned up this week looking less than the put-together field expert she should have been.

Her choices: a Nehru collared jacket in dusty rose velvet with a row of baby buttons up the front, black poly-blend, pleated slacks, a black rib knit turtleneck, pink topaz drop earrings, mother of pearl and horn bracelet watch, a long gold wire-wrap necklace with iridescent burgundy crystal drops, black athletic anklets with grey trim, terribly scuffed black loafers, and a black chiffon hair bow. I’ve done my best to recreate the actual outfit below. Words don’t come close to describing how wrong the overall outfit looked all pulled together.

When I thought back on it (and seriously, I could not stop thinking about how wrong it was), many of the key individual items weren’t wrong on their own. Where did she go wrong? First, like a bad magpie, she chose too many of her favorite pretty, pretty things to adorn herself. Second, no one over the age of ten or not cast in the remake of Heather’s can pull off a big hair bow. And third, from the ankles down she dressed as though she were working a shift at Cracker Barrel.

But is the outfit salvageable?

Yes!

And I even figured out two possible ways to style the core pieces and look like a polished professional ready to instill confidence in her paying clients.

It doesn't have to be like that