How to Not Dress at Work in 5 Ways

So since I’ve been on this crazy journey of growing up and becoming an adult with my big girl job and all, I thought I’d do another post about that office life. It’s been a little while. One of the biggest things I noticed when I first started working in the office was how people dress. Originally, I wrote about how to dress for success as I tried to figure out the office wardrobe life. I was trying to get ideas for outfits since it was all new to me, but I also discovered a lot of outfits that just made me feel like, “Seriously?! Is this your first day in an office too? Oh wait, you’re like 40 years old.” Some of the things that people are wearing are like HELLO so not appropriate for an office, your age, or life in general.


Here’s what I’m seeing and what I’m talking about:

1. Flip flops

Are you at the beach? Do you feel the sand between your toes? Oh, no you don’t, because you’re in a professional office environment! Get real. What was your thought this morning when you got dressed? Professional up top and just beachy on my feet.

2. Yoga pants

Just because your pants are black, does not mean they qualify as slacks. Probably one of my biggest office pet peeves. And especially when you wear your yoga pants and flip flops together. What is wrong with you??

3. Shorter dresses than your age

I’m the youngest person in my office building. So the majority of the population is 40-50. When the women in this age group walk around the office in dresses that are shorter than I’d wear, it just makes everyone uncomfortable. I mean, come on ladies. I know I have a hard time transforming into an adult, but you’ve had a hard time doing that for 25 years longer than me. It’s time.

4. Leggings as pants

Kind of the same as yoga pants, but leggings are not pants. Yes, in the fall, it’s cute to wear an oversized sweater, some leggings, and some comfy boots. Not to the office though. Especially when your shirt doesn’t cover your butt, and then we all have to look at your awkward butt that gets no support from your leggings. Thanks.

5. Low cut tops

Ladies, the office is a place where you show up, do your job, get your paycheck, and leave. This ain’t the club. Keep your ladies covered up. Save those low cut tops for the weekend or happy hour. None of us want to see that. Especially when you’re old. It’s just weird.
All I’m saying, is if you work in an office, let’s try to class it up a bit. It is a professional environment after all! And it is not the place to dress to impress. You want to dress for success! Remember that!

How to Dress for Success in 5 Ways

I have officially been working in the business world for one year this month. When I started my job last summer I was a young, broke, college grad with two nice, interview-worthy outfits. Once I accepted the position, I ran to H&M to get the cheapest nice tops I could find to try to create a professional wardrobe, thus creating a solid five outfits (thank god for casual Friday).

My mom had always told me to slowly collect nicer blouses, skirts, and slacks. I always told her I’d rather buy more tank tops. Finally, almost a year later, I have contributed to my wardrobe greatly (with the help of my lovely mama). It started as a collection of black, grey, and tan, but now I have much more options in colors and varieties!

These are my tips that I’ve gathered over the past year on how to dress for success. Or at least look like you belong in the building.

1. Color is your friend

Like I mentioned before, it all started with neutral colors. I gradually started adding bright pinks and royal blues. I even have a bright red blouse that I call my power blouse. Red is a very demanding color; it says look at me and listen to whatever the hell I have to say!

2. Watch that length

My second or third week at my new job I wore this one dress I had from H&M. It was navy blue with flowers on it, cotton, super cute. I got called into a conference room by my trainer and it was there that she told me my dress was too short. I was super embarrassed and I’ve never worn a dress since! I mean, how was I suppose to know? I went from bartender to HR professional over a weekend! It wasn’t too short for life, just too short for an office I suppose.

3. Ross is boss

I’ll admit it, I don’t have the patience for Ross. The home section, of course, but the clothes section seriously hurts my OCD. One day after work I had some time to kill, so I started browsing through the clothes. Some of the blouses I picked up and thought, “Why are these shaped so funny?” But I decided to try them on anyway for the sake of killing time. They fit perfectly! Super cute, cheap and professional! Wins all around!

4. Get yourself a watch

My favorite watch. Kate Spade. My boyfriend bought for me for Christmas.

My favorite watch. Kate Spade. My boyfriend bought for me for Christmas.

Watches are grown up. They are classy. They are professional. And you can always find out what time it is without pulling your phone out and looking like a rookie. So get yourself a watch. Or two. Or five. It starts to get addicting.

5. Cute flats are a necessity

I’m afraid of heights so heels are definitely out for me. Plus, I’m almost 5’8″, which is pretty tall and heels just make me look freakishly tall. Also, of whatever reason, I find myself walking all over the office more than sitting at my desk all day. Who wants to deal with the pain of heels anyhow? Flats are still functional and professional.

And that’s how I dress for success! Just a few key points I keep in mind while shopping and getting dressed in the morning. Just remember to dress classy enough to make an impression, but keep up with the dress code enough to fly below the radar! What kinds of things do you wear to work?