This week’s fashion faux pa will be dedicated to ladies looking all wrong in their work places. Now, understandably everyone’s jobs are different and demand different tasks, but unless you’re freelancing from home, pay attention to this list of what you should not be wearing. Actually you shouldn’t even be leaving the house dressed in one of these about-to-be-mentioned garments, but let’s take it step by step, shall we?

What NOT to wear to work:

1. Clothing that is inappropriate for your age. That means if you are 40+ learn to love it, but don’t worry, you can be styling at any age. There is no reason to fear getting older, everyone woman can rock a look that is unique to her. Same goes for the 20 somethings: don’t drab yourself in dull clothing and oversized gear. If you are young flaunt it — but in a classy way.

2. Sweats, pajamas, or workout clothing. This is the ultimate no no. Women who wear sweats to work are giving off the impression that either,
• They don’t care
• Or they don’t know how to dress.
• They are lacking confidence
These things are major negatives. Sweats make your peers and superiors look at you as an unprofessional and perhaps even a lazy being. And ladies, we know you are none of the above. So put on something smarter please! Let’s face it, everyone out there is judging you. So why let them believe that you are self-conscious or lacking in confidence? Show them your stylish colors.

3. Clothing that is too revealing. When it comes down to it, no one wants to see that (OK maybe your perverted boss does, but why should he get that pleasure?). Cover up, stay classy, and put the girls back where they belong. Cleavage (both from the bosom and behind) should remain private.
Some tips:
• Make sure your shirt/blouse is long enough
• Make sure you dress/skirt is long enough
• Don’t wear low-cut items
• Spaghetti strapped or strapless clothing is probably inappropriate as well. Although, you might get away with it depending on your work place and if fall into the younger category.

4. Torn, stained, or dirty clothing.

5.  Fishnets. Unless you work in some ultra-trendy zone that promotes the uber stylish — then by all means. Otherwise let’s save those for a night out on the town.

6. Ugly clothes. Just because you’re going to work and you’re following these rules, doesn’t mean you bust out the back of the closet gear. I know you walk around the mall and see mannequins dolled up in stylish little work outfits. Try White House | Black Market, The Limited, J.Crew, Banana Republic, GAP, select clothing at Express, Ann Taylor, or New York & Company to name a few. You really can’t go too wrong with those stores, and it might be easier to find outfits in these stores rather than rifling through racks and racks in a department store. Still having trouble? Ask an associate of the store to help you piece an outfit together.

7. Very old and faded clothing.

8. Tennis shoes — especially with cute professional outfits.

9. Flip flops.

10. Hair-a-mess.

more to come…

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