Since Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson showed up to Paris Fashion Week in characters from their 2001 hit movie, Zoolander, the internet was buzzing with sequel rumors. Later that same day, the rumors were confirmed with the exciting news of a Zoolander 2 to be released in early 2016. If you remember, Stiller’s character, Derek Zoolander, was a fashion model at the end of his career after losing model of the year to Wilson’s character, Hansel McDonald. When Will Ferrell’s character, the evil Jacobim Mugatu, hires Zoolander and brainwashes him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the comedy ensues.
Many offices have moved to a causal or business casual dress code. The line between what’s appropriate at the workplace and what’s not just got finer. Unlike Zoolander and his cohort McDonald, where anything goes, there are fashion faux pas to avoid in the corporate world.
Below are 9 office attire don’ts:
- Don’t show off the goods – leave the skintight shirts, pants, or skirts at home. Men, your biceps might be rock hard, but save showing them off for the gym. Ladies, if you want to be taken seriously, avoid showing too much cleavage and save the miniskirt for a night out on the town.
- Don’t mistake the office for an art show – as popular as tattoos and piercings are today, they are still considered unprofessional in corporate America. Coworkers will still think you’re cool even if you can’t show off the new tat.
- Don’t forget the iron – it’s never a good look to show up to work looking like you just rolled out of bed in your work clothes. Take a few minutes to iron out the wrinkles or at least use the greatest invention ever…Downy Wrinkle Release spray.
- Don’t kill coworkers’ sense of smell – it’s nice to smell good of course. But, there’s no need to use a half a bottle of cologne or perfume in one day. One or two squirts of your favorite scent is plenty for the day.
- Don’t go punk – the punk subculture has made a comeback and is the epitome of self-expression. However, showing up to a meeting at the office with purple spiked hair doesn’t always leave a good impression. You may be judged by your looks instead of smarts.
- Don’t dress for the gym – tracksuits, spandex, t-shirts with logos, running attire…you get the idea. And no, yoga pants are not appropriate for the office, no matter how popular they are in the real world. Except…no, there are no exceptions!
- Don’t get ripped – take a few minutes to check your wardrobe for worn out or tattered clothing and either fix them or get rid of them. There’s no place in the office for tattered clothing; this includes your new jeans with strategically placed tears on purpose.
- Don’t look like a disco ball – disco is dead and Studio 54 has been closed for decades. Leave the heavy make-up and bling-bling jewelry at home.
- Don’t fall ill – wearing ill-fitted clothes is one of the biggest fashion no-no’s. Besides being uncomfortable, they always seem to accentuate your problem areas. If something doesn't fit right, either get it tailored or don’t even buy it regardless of the sale price.
Still having trouble deciding what to wear to the office, there’s a couple of things you do. One safe bet is to mimic what management is wearing. Or, there are a ton of blogs out there to help those stuck in a fashion rut. Have any tips to add to the list or fashion advice to share? Leave a comment!