The Rules Of Office Dressing ‘ Are They Still Relevant?

It’s been quite a long time since women entered the workplace (although the equal pay debate continues) and it seems that a number of traditional office dress rules are still in existence.  As more and more businesses adopt a more casual approach to office dressing, are these old school rules still relevant? We take a look at some classic office dressing and assess their relevance in today’s office space.

Is office wear still relevant

“Bare Legs Should Never Be Seen†

Many believe that bare legs should never be seen in the office and that some form of tights or stockings should always be worn.  Many of the people who think this are men who have no idea what it’s like to wear tights in the middle of August. The truth is, most people wouldn’t be able to tell if you were wearing tights or not, so if you want to wear a dress or skirt this summer, don’t worry too much about having to wear some nylon to be considered appropriate.

“Shorts Have No Place in the Workplace†

Shorts are often a controversial topic when it comes to office dressing.  Some places may find them acceptable, others will find them a no-go area.  Whilst hot pants are a no for obvious reasons, tailored shorts worn as a suit with a jacket and smart blouse can actually make a great summer office outfit.  For those who like to cover up a little more, capri style or city shorts make an excellent middle ground for those wanting to ditch the trousers.

Don’t Do It In Denim†

Denim isn’t something you’d expect to find in a strict corporate environment, but in many workplaces you’ll see that denim is the norm.  To keep the look smart, you could opt for dark navy or black denim and stay clear of stonewash and other lighter shades.  In some office environments it may be better to save denim for dress down Fridays, so make the judgement based on what you know about your workplace.

“Cover up†

This is one rule which will never be outdated.  As a professional, you owe it to your colleagues to look the part and save them the embarrassment of seeing a flash of your stomach or too much thigh.  Making the effort to cover up will create a positive impression on your colleagues and clients and helps you to maintain your professionalism.  If you still want to show off your figure, do so with tailored, flattering clothes which will make you look feminine and fashion forward, without have to flash.

With all these dos and don’ts, dressing for work can be a difficult task.  Fortunately Pinstripe and Pearls exist as a one-stop solution for all of your workwear needs. Stocking the latest designer workwear for professionals who want to look and feel the part whilst also having a passion for fashion, their collection of womenswear ensures that you get it right every time.  Click here to be taken to the website and explore their fantastic collection.


The Rules Of Office Dressing ‘ Are They Still Relevant? was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Sian Pitman
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