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7 things you shouldn't wear to the office this summer

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7 things you shouldn't wear to the office this summer

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Uh oh! I committed a fashion faux pas today. Yes, I did. And, no, I'm not ashamed to admit it. You see, I'm a bit...how should I put it?...height-challenged, so I wore my 4-1/2-inch high wedge sandals to the office today. But those wicked -- and cute -- shoes made my feet ache so I changed into a pair of back-up, "emergency" flip flops I keep stashed at the office. Comfort cured any shame I might've felt about my footwear choice as I easily strode to the local pub for lunch today. But my little footwear switcheroo could damage my professional image and, come to think of it, it must annoy my office mates as the steps I take go, "Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop." Not cool. With the first day of summer finally here (helloooo, summer! I missed you so much!) you're bound to spot some summer fashion don'ts around the office. I asked our dear, sweet Canadian Living Twitter followers to share their thoughts on what not to wear to work. Together, we share this list of seven  things you shouldn't wear to the office this summer. [caption id="attachment_4707" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="My emergency office flip flops"] flipflops1[/caption] 1. Flip flops Flip flops belong on the beach and not at the office. OK, fine. I'll pack up a pair of ballet flats to substitute for my emergency office flip flops. Or I  could promise to just wear more sensible shoes to work and then I wouldn't need a back-up pair. Yah, like that'll ever happen. 2. Visible bra straps Maybe, just maybe, your colleagues don't want to peek at your lingerie. Maybe? Try a cardigan, jacket or light-weight sweater to cover up those straps. 3. Crocs You know the rubber shoes with gaping holes that look like a crocodile chewed on 'em ? I think it's safe to say that these shoes have gone out of fashion. Some might argue Crocs never were in fashion -- I might have to agree with them. If you happen to like Crocs -- then clearly, I'm insane. Carry on, then. Nothing to see here, unless you're guilty of the following fashion don'ts. 4. Too much skin Even if you have killer six-pack abs you worked hard on at the gym, don't wear cropped tops to the office. Same goes for backless shirts, super low-cut tops, or that micro mini skirt that rides up when you sit down (you know the one!) Club wear belongs in the club. 5. Workout wear Just as club wear belongs in the club and flip flops belong on the beach, workout wear belongs at the gym...or maybe at home, at the park and at the grocery store. Yes, many offices adopt a business casual policy but running shorts and hoodies probably don't apply. 6. Perfume Shower? Absolutely! Apply anti-perspirant? Yes, please. Drown yourself in fragrance? No! No! No! Perfume can irritate your colleagues and some folks are allergic and/or sensitive to fragrance. If you simply must wear perfume, remember that one spritz goes far. 7. Accessory overload You know that colleague who wears the dangly earrings, the tinkling bracelets, the oversized watches, the knuckles full of rings and the bright rainbow scarf? All at once. She might've said something in that meeting last week but you can't remember what it was because you were distracted by her accessories. You're not her, are you? Surely not. It's your turn to weigh in now as I kick off my office-inappropriate flip flops and slip back into those wedges. What's your top pick for inappropriate office wear?
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