New Fashion Mistakes In The Office
You want to show off your summer finery for your colleagues, but can't shake the thought: Even in our new age of casual work dress, does this semi-translucent blouse/5-inch platform-wedge sandal cross the line?
In many industries, there are no clear dress codes anymore. Popping colors, statement dresses, and logo tees have infiltrated offices, just like "wellness" seminars and workers "on contract." But are there still any hard-and-fast rules to help the workers of 2013 minimize morning sartorial angst? What are the new trends raising eyebrows? Should workers try to conform or express their truth? And how should you handle a co-worker or employee whose "Female Body Inspector" tee or pleather mini makes you feel weird inside?
We tackled these questions in Friday's "Lunchtime Live," AOL Jobs' weekly video series, with the help of two experts: Cristina Desposito, the fashion editor at Redbook magazine and Gina Martini, from the team at the fashion and beauty blog Stylelist.
We discuss everything from the rules on heels, shorts, and visible bra straps to how often you can repeat an outfit at work per month. On flip-flops, Desposito says: "I think in general, as a rule of thumb, if you would ever even consider wearing them to the pool, they're probably not right for the office."
For more tips, watch the highlights reel above, or view the full half-hour segment.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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