3 Style Rules to Break in the Office

Written by: Susan Hang

With life flying by at hundreds of miles an hour along with an unending workload, it’s easy to fall into a banal routine of just wearing whatever we can find in the closet. Add in the early morning requirement and what we wear starts to become thoughtless and detached from the true fashionista within. Or maybe you happen to work in a super conservative industry (also known as finance/banking) so what you’re allowed to wear is restricted, pretty much limiting your wardrobe to a point of no return. Regardless of the cause of your style rut, here are 3 rules to break in the office today (starting tomorrow):

1. No short skirts allowed.

Truth is short skirts are actually okay as long as they don’t rise above your finger tips and if you’re taking this route, you might want to make sure you’re mostly covered in all other areas.

My rule of thumb here is the higher the hemline, the shorter the heel, which usually keeps things classy and office appropriate.


2. Typical trouser + button up + pump combo.

This is totally fine as long as you’re wearing it in a way that is distinctive and fresh to the eye so perhaps choose one with a silhouette that’s different from the one you typically gravitate towards. Maybe you need to try a button up with a boyfriend-fit verses form hugging. It can be as simple as adding pops of color or novel prints and trying new fabrications. Even changing up your shoes can take you to the next level so stray from the sleek pump and don a lace-up or caged sandal instead.

3. Matchy Matchy.

Long gone are the days of color, print, whatever variations of coordinating as well as the rules of only meshing certain things together. You can basically toss the idea of any outfit formula you’ve ever heard of – for instance, no white after labor day, no mixing black + navy or black + brown, no pairing different hardwares simultaneously (gold + silver), mix only pristine pieces with similar classifications. Whatever rules exist out there, you can ignore at this point. We’re over the matchy matchy, too put together look.

In our world today, it’s all about mixing whether it is slipping on dresses over pants, sneakers with flirty dresses, or casual details against sophisticated elements.


Don’t get me wrong – looking classy is never a bad idea, but the point is to create interest, have fun, and try something new, which can all easily flow into your daily office uniform. I’d love to see what you decide to put together as you head into work over the next few days or so and don’t forget to take a pic and drop a note below. Have a great week!



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