Three fashion styles that have no place at the office are low-cut tops, skin-tight pants, and super-short skirts and dresses.
We see so much female skin on television and in the movies, it can be hard to get through to some women that the on-screen world is pure fantasy.
That’s why fashion author and Barney’s of New York stylist Simon Doonan is my hero for his slogan, “Say ‘no’ to ‘ho.”
It’s just plain embarrassing for women as well as men when a coworker’s breasts are popping out of a top. It’s an especially difficult situation for male supervisors. They fear that taking the woman aside could result in a sexual harassment suit.
The best blouse for formal environments, such as law, financial, and educational organizations, shows no cleavage. A more informal and youthful environment may be a bit more forgiving.
If you have to continually hike up a spandex top that is sliding down too low, or grab at a the sides of your too-wide neckline in a vain effort to close the gap, you are wearing a top that you should have left at home.
A second fashion faux-pas for the office is skin-tight pants and leggings. Worn with a very short blouse, these can look like pantyhose. People wonder if you forgot the bottom part of your ensemble.
Now that wide-legged slacks are on-trend, save your leggings and spandex pants for at-home wear.
Short skirts are another fashion style that does not belong at work, unless your job is pole dancer. We have seen scores of attorneys prance across our TV screens in minis that barely covered their bottoms. This is not going to earn a woman respect in a real court of law.