Office Appropriate Attire – How To Do It Right

Back to school for the Kids and Back to Business for the Adults

We’ve been on vacay for most of the summer. We’ve seen a few clients here and there, but for the most part we’ve been in true vacation mode.  All good things must come to an end, though. Don’t get us wrong, we love our jobs, and miss seeing our awesome clients, but getting back into the swing of things can be hard. #SummerBrain

Even getting dressed in the morning can feel like a difficult task after time off. Ya know? But, we have to get dressed, right?  And, unless you are an athletic trainer it’s probably a NO NO to walk around the office in exercise pants all day. But, what actually is Office Appropriate??

The answer…It depends on where you work and what the dress code is. Do you work in a business formal or business casual environment? What are NO NO’s in the workplace?  We get asked over and over again what’s office appropriate, and what’s not. So, here’s our formula for easy morning dressing regardless of where you work, or what the environment is there. 

Office Dress Code – Business Formal. Breakin’ it Down…

  1. Business attire includes pants and skirt suits (that hit no more than slightly above the knee) and blazers.
  2. A dress with a hip hitting cardigan, or jacket over will work too. 
  3. Light weight suits for women can often be slightly boring. Bring them to life with good accessories.
  4.  Opt for a closed toe, pointy toe pump. Leave your platform shoes at home. You don’t want to look like the office hoochie mama. 

Try a bright color pant suit, or tweed dress suit, and break the pieces up with jeans for an off duty look.

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Office Dress Code – Business Casual. The Rules…

  1.  Casual doesn’t mean you can wear the “I just rolled out of bed look”. You still want to be pressed and not sloppy.
  2. Short sleeve tops with a topper such as a light blazer, or vest are always appropriate. We suggest leaving your cold shoulder or off the shoulder tops for a night out.
  3.  Even if the dress code is casual, never wear flip flops. Those are for the beach and pool. If you ARE allowed to wear open toe shoes, a casual sandal will work.
  4. When closed toe shoes are a must, then opt for a ballet flat, pump or cut out bootie.
  5. You have the flexibility to wear more casual bottoms such as a cropped pant. But, short shorts or skirts ARE NOT for the work place. Leave them in your closet.
  6. Light weight dresses (NOT sundresses) are great for transitional dressing.  As the weather starts to cool off you can always throw the same dress on with a pair of tights to transition the dress to fall.

Mix and Match Business casual tops and bottoms for lots of different looks.

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Add a transitional dress to your wardrobe. Wear it now with a pump, or later in the fall with tights and booties, and a cardigan.

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Did this help solve the What To Wear To Work conundrum?? If not, ask your specific questions in the comments (or email or and we’ll do our best to answer.




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Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.


    • Hallie Abrams Reply

      Thanks so much! Some days it’s nice to get dressed. But there is nothing like that feeling of coming home, taking off your heels and putting on your sweats, right?

    • Hallie Abrams Reply

      I love that, dreads and desires… Do you get to wear a blouse on top and pj’s on the bottom when you do a video call??

    • Hallie Abrams Reply

      Thanks so much Christina! I hope you’re having a great day:)

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