Work It: 9 to 5 Style



Work attire is a tricky subject. While there are a few general rules of thumb for office dressing, it really depends on where you work. Different environments call for different ensembles. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll decode what’s appropriate for a variety of workplace settings in a new blog series called, Dress Coding. For now, I’ll provide you with some general tips on dressing for work.

If you’re new to the working world, I should warn you: Beware of the fashion police otherwise known as “Human Resources” and your fellow co-workers. Committing an at-work fashion faux pas is a legitimate offense. Just because you didn’t get the pink slip for your crime (crime = teal tube top) doesn’t mean you’re getting away with it (it = teal tub top)… Wearing the wrong threads has the potential to distort your image as a valued employee and may even prevent you from getting ahead. If Wendy Worker sports tight skirts, sheer blouses and routinely puts her “girls” on display at work, her co-workers may have a difficult time taking her (and her wacko wardrobe) seriously. Therefore, as with all occasions, dress for success–and mean it, especially when you’re on the clock!

Even though all work environments have different rules as to what is and isn’t okay to wear, the following commandments cover most of the general dos and don’ts of dressing for work:

  • Thou shalt never let your outfit outshine your work. (Yes, creatives and fashionistas, this applies to you as well!)
  • Thou shalt abstain from clothing with obnoxious logos. (Besides Bebe logo tops being so 1999, no one wants a walking billboard in their office.)
  • You shall avoid all sexy and revealing clothing. Never show more than 1 inch of cleavage or wear a skirt that skims your bum. For most offices, skirts that hit more than 3 or 4 inches above the knee are considered inappropriate (If you want to wear shorter skirts, or even dress shorts, pair them with opaque tights to temper the higher hemline). Also, no tank tops unless you have something layered over it to cover your shoulders.
  • Thou shalt not wear any ripped, torn, or sloppy clothing. This includes anything that can be worn to the gym or the beach (gym shoes and flip-flops etc.).
  • Thou shalt dress like my female boss. If you do not have a female boss, emulate the highest-ranking female in your company. This doesn’t mean steal her style. Rather, base your office attire on what she considers appropriate. Is she casual? Always dresses to the nines? Take a cue from the people in positions you aspire to have someday. They don’t say, “dress the part” for no reason.
  • You shall always dress to impress–even on “casual Fridays.”Â� Don’t let casual Fridays fool you. Jeans may be okay, but that old tee reserved for lazy Sundays and those hot pink flip-flops are just not going to cut it… Casual Friday attire should be based on your weekly work wear, but taken down a few notches.
  • Thou shalt not don underwear as outerwear. Ever. This is pretty self-explanatory…
  • You shall always use your best judgment. Consider your work environment and dress accordingly. Anything you can wear to a club should never step foot in an office. If you’re unsure about an outfit, it’s best to err on the side of caution and go with something else.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Stay tuned for my upcoming Dress Coding blogs where I’ll crack those mysterious office dress codes. First up, business formal work attire!

If you’re a working girl, what’s your work environment like and what’s your go-to office outfit?

XO Lauren

P.S. These rules apply to interns too!

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  • Glorietta88

    I’ll wait your new blog!!From april i work in administration for a company that deals with cosmetics..Lauren please give me advice for my outfits!!! thanks 😀

  • Melissa Panici

    I work in an office where you can dress pretty casual but I like to dress a little more professional. I love wearing my black dress pants with a nice top or a skirt with a cute top. Today I’m wearing a black skirt with my LC Lauren Conrad cami and LC Lauren Conrad black sweater (I’m wearing the top in my profile photo) and black flats. Thank you for this post Lauren! Love you bunches!

  • Finn

    i work in an office and i have to wear black pants to work everyday but they are really laid back about it…i def dont wear any revealing shirts. just nicer tops and black pants and usually flats.

  • paige mcnabb

    I work at a Pedatrics Office. Our dresscode really frustrates me, bc we have to wear Scrubs. even the office workers (me). I Don’t know how to make them cute. I try wearing jewelry to match and paint my nails. but I still feel so BLAH everyday. Lauren if you could please help us out in the medical world:) believe me it would be much appriciated!!

  • Sprinkling Sugar

    Thank you so much for this post! I work in a formal office for a large corporation. Dress code is a huge issue here and girls are vicious in their judgements if you are in the wrong. Summertime also brings interns and these young cute girls always cross the line and it really hurts their chances of getting hired. I am constantly looking to make my wardrobe at work look fresh and nice, sometimes ironing goes a long way!

  • Sprinkling Sugar

    Also, could you please post more pics/examples!

  • Maggie Rosado

    Lauren, I’d like some advice on good hair styles for the office, and how to keep your hair looking polished throughout your day work. I personally prefer not to use hair products because i feel it weighs my hair down, but any pointers you could give would be awesome!

  • Glorietta88

    Dear Paige, belive me…sometimes i envy you :P…you don’t have to stay long time in front of your wardrobe thinking about what to wear…is depressing…

  • Nicole Mathew

    I work for an online marketing company, and our office is very (very) laid back. We are officially supposed to dress business casual… so I usually go with a pair of jeans, a nice shirt, and heels or flats, or a knit dress with a sweater. I also wear my flip flops on a very regular basis. I sit at a desk for most of the day, so I love to be as comfy as possible. I am a jeans & tee kind of girl, so it’s nice that I am able to basically wear whatever I want to work!

  • I work in a chemical Laboratory. I don’t need to be dressed up, because you’ll never see it beyond my lab coat. But I like to dress up a littlebit for my way from home to work and back. Although my boss is used to dirty lab coats I always try to go into his office without it. I figured out to get some polo-shirts and appropiate tops for work, because I want to look professional when I dicuss with several people. It’s sad that I have to wear really old jeans, but there are always dropping some chemicals and I don’t want to ruin my new pairs of jeans. So I managed to get a locker in the basement where I can change my clothes. In this way I always feel good on my way back home and don’t have to be ashamed of old, holey jeans when I’m standing at the station waiting for the train.

  • DMichelle

    My work environment is somewhere in between Business Casual and Business Formal, and unfortunately, for my department only, there are no casual Fridays. My go-to office outfit would have to be a black pant suit with a more casual/colorful shirt underneath. Pair it with “”office flats”” and a long necklace and it can look pretty polished!

    Thank you for the post – I really look forward to your ideas on specific work environments! =)

  • Maria scala

    I work in an office that is business casual. I have to follow most rules but i’m generally allowed to bear my shoulders as long as its done in a modest way

  • Jaclyn Last name

    Thanks Lauren! I work in a high school so what I wear is an example to my students. I always try to keep this in mind when getting dressed for work.

    My go-to outfit for work includes the LC Lauren Conrad black blazer with a fun, colorful blouse and a pair of slacks (black, khaki or grey) and ballet flats (black, light pink or heather grey). Simple yet comfy and classic

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I can’t wait to include some of Paper Crown into my work attire!

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  • Vanessa –

    You nailed it again ~ flip flops, lingerie on the outside, short skirts, bare shoulders are no-nos. We’re not allowed to wear jeans at my workplace – guessing because people overdid it with the cut up , stone washed :) jeans era. THX.

  • instantphoebe

    I work in a creative environment (magazine biz), so I can wear jeans every day to work. It’s pretty great, but having so many choices actually makes it tough for me to get out the door every morning.

  • Ashlie Haukereid

    I work in an industry that is DOMINATED by men and engineers. The women in this industry are either administrative associates, engineers or work on the business/accounting side of things.

    Emulating a higher female in the industry is quite difficult becuase there are MANY. The Nuclear Plant I work at employs abotu 1100 people. Of which the “”Business Casual”” mentality definitely applies.

    When it comes to dressing for the office Business Casual for some is lazy casual in my opinion.

    Im not exactly the fashionista type. I attempt to find flattering clothes however its difficult to find what best fits a 5’5″” pear shaped frame! Kahki’s and black pants are the basis of my wardrobe. Button up shirts and shirts with collars and cardigans pretty much define my work attire. I’ve recently purchased some of LC’s clothing from Kohl’s and am very excited to put those to use!

    Excellent Post. I can’t wait to read more of the work place tips!

  • Honey

    I work in a hospital/university setting and Lauren’s fashion rules for work are dead on. You always want to be respected as a good employee and also want to respect your organization and your co-workers. Being dressed inappropriately is one of the best ways to get a bad reputation at work. I love reading Lauren’s posts because they provide great information and ideas. Good job Lauren!!! Thanks.

  • Corryn Batykefer

    Perfect post! When you are doing your next blog “”dress coding”” please include work attire with comfortable footwear. I work in a hospital office but I litteraly walk like 5 miles a day. so sometimes my comfy heels aren’t comfy anymore. and flats look a little rediculous on my 5’1 frame. Any suggestions would be of great value. :)

  • Jennifer Jupiter

    you should also note that it depends on what part of the country you live in as well. i work for a 20 million dollar manufacturing co in the midwest & it is totally acceptable to wear a sturdy fabric 1 x 1 fitted ribbed tank w/ a nice flippy skirt here. & as far as emulating my boss?? who also happens to be my boyfriend of 7 years….well, he wears t-shirts & torn jeans so id say that falls a little flat for me also. common sense should be your guidepost…

  • yamine malacon

    It was very interesting, I love this post! I work in a School and I have my practice (children psychologists) in the afternoon, and I like to dress only once a day, so I’d like to know dress codes for this two places.

  • Daisy Kent

    Where I work, everyone is so friendly and lovely; however we do have to wear all black and the company blouse (I work at paperchase). This is pretty good because it means everybody dresses similar and no one looks out of place :)

    Great post tho, and I really agree with the fact that you should dress appropriately to what your boss would deem fit!

  • Jordan Moeller

    I work in production in a news station where the dress code seems to vary from position to position. While my being a director seems to mean wearing jeans and a T-shirt everyday and being appopriate are one and the same, being a reporter or sales person means business dress casual. I’ve given some thought as to what I want to pursue next in this field; and, while I’m still not sure what that is, I feel like I should take your advice and dress on the level of the reporters and my station manager. Who knows? Maybe it will bring more attention to my abilities!

  • Nikko xo

    I work in a music venue, where most of Laurens adivce is taken and reversed.

    Girls often come in in short skirts and shorts. Luckily the amount of hours we work mean flats are a must! Sheer and low cut tops are ALWAYS worn by us girls. Im sad to say, it really helps with the tips. We can make up to 3 hours extra pay just by wearing a lower cut top than usual. And although many people see this as shocking and wrong, its standard in most bars.

  • Janice Campbell

    I work at a law firm & you’d think they would be pretty strike on being professional & business attire, but it’s not. It’s a small law firm & I like to dress-up more than others! There is one young lawyer who dresses very well (reminds me of Kate Middleton). I like to wear nice dress pants & some fun blouses & on casual Friday I might wear some dark jeans & a plain shirt & cute shrug to go with it.

    Everyone in the office tends to wear neutrals, but I love bright colors & don’t mind if I stand out.

  • Amanda Davis

    I work at a university, but in development, so we wear business casual in the summer and professional in the winter! I feel like business casual is the most ridiculous description for dress in a workplace for females! Everyone has a different definition of what it means.

  • Linz

    I would love to hear about what to wear for those of us who work in a school. It is sometimes hard to find the balance between looking professional and casual, and also comfortable enough to work with children. In the warmer months I tend to reach for skirts and dresses, but in the long cold months I really have a difficult time. People tend to stick with khakis and sweaters which gets so boring. I do love my denim trousers though! Excited for these series of posts! Thanks!

  • Taylor Rogers

    This post came at the perfect time for me! I am starting my junior year of college this year and my school has a business casual dress code for all students. It’s good to brush up on the do’s and don’ts!

  • Jesy

    The company I work for has really relaxed the dress code this past year to casual wear, no gym shoes is the biggest on the list. but my normal attire is a pair of jean capri and ballet flats, paired with a boyfriend tee and long button up cardigan. Its nice after 11 years to dress down a bit, and I tend to actually dawn some dressier clothes at least 1-2 times a week now since I am dressing up for myself :)

  • Stacie

    like Ashlie, I work in a male dominated field. It’s hard to look up to senior female employees when there aren’t any other women. The only other women in my department are MUCH older then me, so I cant really translate their attire to my style.

    Also, there’s a fine line between looking pretty and polished and looking girly. When you’re surrounded by men you don’t want to be ‘the girl’. This is something I’ve struggled with since college.. I majored in mechanical engineering and the other women in my classes were streotypical female engineers: no make-up, ponytails. I always did my hair and make-up every single day and really felt like an oddity. I think other women in male dominated industries would agree, and we’d like some tips on looking pretty but not frilly.

    Thanks Lauren.

  • Jennifer Sellen

    OMG there is a co-worker of mine that wears the tight skirts, the (excuse my language) hooker heels and revealing tops… ugh its disturbing. I work at a college and we have students who dress like they are going to the club. The girls dress so provacitively and its disgusting. We have rules but no one really follows them and no one reprimands them… so they get away with it. Oh well, I at least try to follow the “”dress coding””. Thanks for the tips Lauren

  • Casey Stanke

    Thanks for this post, Lauren! Great tips! I especially like the one about wearing dress shorts with opaque tights underneath! Now I can finally wear my shorts! :)

  • fiorela vorpsi

    i Need this tips,because now in college when we have presentations,should wear just like we were in work place.thank you Lauren

  • Cody Wilshire

    Linz- I would recommend dresses with cardigans, tights and boots for winter, sweater dresses with tights and boots etc. They’re a variation from the boring khaki/sweater combo but can keep you very warm. It’s what I do when I get bored with that same old slack/sweater combo when it’s below freezing.

    I also recommend for anyone just now getting into the professional world or fairly new to it, this isn’t the environment that ‘looking cute’ should be your number one priority. You aren’t there to impress people with your looks. You’re there to impress them with your brains, skill and ability. If anything you’re wearing is going to create a major distraction from that process, than play it safe and avoid it.

    The club clothing was a very good rule of thumb. My CEO goes through admin girls like crazy because none of them seem to understand that those 4 inch heels with glitter everywhere they wore last night to Pure are not acceptable to be worn at a major corporations headquarters.

    None of this means you have to dress dull or boring or in neutrals, but this isn’t high school where you’re trying to get the attention of the hot football player or whatever. This is your career and your future. You want to be taken seriously, so take yourself seriously- otherwise no one else will either.

    When in doubt, play it safe. And please, please, please, stick to NATURAL makeup, always.

  • Michon Carrasco

    love this post!I work in a informal office but with all men. I have learned that dark jeans and a nice top work best. I always try to have my hair look good and appropriate make up. The hardest part for me is finding the right shoes! So a post on good work shoes would be so helpful!!!

  • Michaela Werner

    I work at a bank. By reading your blog I just found out that some of my older colleagues don’t dress according to your advice. Especially concerning length of skirts and flip flops. I always wear a pair of trousers, no matter if it’s summer or winter, combined with blouses or half-arm tops. So I’m really looking forward to your Dress Coding blogs to find some new inspiration!

  • Stacie

    fiorela, I think bit depends on the type of presentation.. if you’re in a language class and have to deliver a paper in front of the class I think you can stay casual. But if you’re presenting your final project you definitely want to dress business professional. Mostly, you’re professor will usually tell you what he/she expects.

  • Aimee S.

    I work in an accounting firm (small office – 1 boss, 3 employees including myself), the dress code is casual and jeans are ok. My co-worker takes the term “”casual”” on a whole different level though. She has worn pajamas to the office, also big sweater and basketball shorts. No one seems to mind it, but I know I wouldn’t dress like that. My fave work outfits are skinny jeans, flats, a top and a cardigan. Simple enough for the office, but also dressed ready to go to lunch with a friend or something after.

  • Elena Last name

    Reeeeeally helpfull codes, Ive been working a year in a multidisciplinary firm, is a union between different enterprises, now im in a Newspaper and the personal presentation is the MOST IMPORTANT THING, sometimes I want to use something “”wild”” to work and for me that was to use green polish on my nails and THATS IT, I dont want to get to risky, its frustrating cuz, the uniform I dont like it that much but, what can I say, It helps me not to wear out all my outfits besides Its really stressing for me to think what to wear when I have only like 10 minutes to get ready, you should do a post about that Lauren: How to get to work in 10 minutes shiny, fresh, and FORMAL. 😉 Im out.

  • Elena Last name

    Ps. Loving the picture on top.

  • Renos Fy

    Loving the picture at the top

    You are always wonderful Lauren

  • Erin Allard

    Great post Lauren, and I am looking forward to the upcoming office attire posts that are more specific.

    One more thing for all us ladies to keep in mind is “”Though shall not suffer a long work day wearing painful shoes””. If you have ever made the mistake of wearing uncomfortable shoes to work (and we all have) then you know what I mean! Don’t do that to yourself. It can hurt your feet, and more importantly it can affect your focus at work because your feet are aching, and it’s all your mind can think about is how much longer you have to endure the pain! Wear shoes that fit properly, have ample room in the toe box, and if you have to spend a little more cash for the quality it’s well worth it!

  • Cara Williams

    Wish I had read this 4 years ago when I was relocated by my employer to their corporate headquarters! This is really a hard one. My mum and I went shopping for some basics, but I am still developing my office style. At the moment I wear a uniform so it is making sure that I continue to shop for those pieces that really pull my uniform up to the next level when I do visit the office. Thanks for the post, love it.

  • Lauren B

    I work for a fashion company! Ofcorse everyone is super fashionable and there is no dress code. The problem is how to be fashionable without being slutty or too preppy!

  • Vivian De La Cruz

    Well im a junior in high school and im interning at a criminal court building. my work enviroment is pretty self explanatory a lot of lawyers and people who commited offenses.

  • Meera Patel

    your kohls line is amazing! i got just about everything!

  • Ana Lucia Solano

    You inspire me, everything is so helpfull :) Love it!!

  • Moosie Loca

    My office is TOO laidback. Everyone at my workplace dresses so tacky. Flip flops, Jeans, Tank Tops.. Then there are the girls who dress like they’re going clubbing.. Six inch heels, Tight skirts.. I just don’t get it. Even the girl’s in HR don’t dress appropriately. I know a handful of people who dress to the nines and look great, but for the most part.. UGH.

  • Stefani Williams

    My office is the city of houston and its surrounding areas, my cubicle is my ambulance. My go-to outfit is my medic uniform and boots. <3

  • valerie bastian

    I really like the idea of taking note what the “”higher up”” females in the company are wearing to determine what is appropriate. I’m an engineering student and sometimes even trying to be slightly stylish is pushing it..

  • Alexx Bukovac

    Lauren! I work at a bridal store and I always feel like I’m wearing the same thing! Help! <3

  • Emily Wells

    I’m a PR Exec at an Advertising firm in Texas and although our work attire is business casual I take it up just a couple of notches…dress for the job you want, right? My go-to is a charcoal grey cap-sleeved shift and I can pair it with flats or heels and I usually add a colorful skinny belt. I love it. LOFT and GAP are my saviors when it comes to finding cute work clothing.

  • Laura Edwards

    I’m a sales and marketing manager for an online firm in the UK. We supply email marketing services as well as a whole host of other technical solutions for great prices whilst also “”hand holding”” our clients through – we don’t believe in faceless automated systems. This being the case and that we don;t really see clients regularly we dress very casually and only dress up when we see clients. But when we dress up its fully suited attire.

  • Monica Castillo

    I’m currently student teaching at an elementary school. The teachers there are pretty casual…more casual then I prefer however comfort is extremely important when ur teaching all day long and working with children. No heels, that’s for sure…I didn’t realize how much walking is involved in teaching.

  • Vivien Harmat

    I do have a question about shoes. Can I wear flats to work or heels are always better? Sometimes at the end of the day my leg feel like they broken :)

  • Maritza Jimenez

    Hi lauren, If i work in a beauty (cosmetics) company, what should be my dress code be? im an industrial designer! Love your page!

  • Brieanne Mickiewicz

    I seriously cannot wait for your upcoming “”Dress Coding”” blog series. I was hired yesterday for my first EVER office job that requires me to dress “”business casual””. I have been a hairstylist for 8 years, and I have no idea where to start. I was told to wear a jacket, but I thought that business casual meant business dress, but not to the extremes. I am looking forward to any tips you can give. Also, I’d love to know about some cute and appropriate shoes that won’t kill my poor feet, who are very spoiled due to years of flip flop wearing. This is gonna take some work! haha 😉

  • Gabriela Mina

    Oh Lauren I am so happy you are doing this little series about dress coding. I feel just like Alexx Bukovac.. I am a wedding planner.. I feel like I always wear the same thing and I don’t really show my innovative-creative personality! I always go to your style to inspire myself but I do have a budget and can`t really spend alot on clothes. Can’t wait to see more about this!!



  • Stephanie Prior

    loving this subject :) i work as an interior design assistant so my day is varied. One day I’ll be on shoots where I need to dress more comfortably, usually jeans with a plain vest top, statement necklace, tailored blazer with pumps/boots (this is the only time I wear jeans in the work place as I find them inappropriate in the studio when meeting clients) When I am in the studio i love to wear cute tea dresses and having the weather we do in London (rain rain rain!!!) i usually team them with tights and a smart knitted cardigan. I have a thing for leather patches at the minute, particularly on blazers where they are placed on the elbow. I also find that jewellery can make a dramatic impact so I chose wisely!!! xxx

  • Maggie Crowson

    I am very excited about these posts! I have been posting my own blog series on work attire and embracing the dress code. I work in the banking industry and the particular financial institution I work for are very, very traditional (as I commented before we were just recently allowed to wear peep toe to work and to go without hos, however not without saying one should primp their feet/toes/legs properly-yes that was included in the dress code). The problem that I find is that while I love suits, I do not look appropriate in them. I am 24 years old and I feel like a kid playing dress up in them. I love the look of tucking in button downs or blouses, but I am short-waisted so it is not a flattering look on myself. I desperately want to look professional while also being “”trendy”” to a degree. (sorry for all the wording)

  • Lauren L


    I am a Catholic school teacher that heavily enforces dresscode on my female students. Sadly, styles for young girls include WAAAAYYYY too short of skirts that these girls try to wear to school. I can’t wait to show to my female students who fight me on this that look Lauren Conrad said its appropriate to have your skirt be 3 inches above the knee–THANK YOU!

  • Brenna Gray

    Thank you for these posts! I just graduated college in May and I got a job working in a research facility with animals. I love what I do, but I wish I could dress up more. I change into scrubs somedays if I wear something nice to work, but I don’t want to wear ordinary clothes all the time and feel less professional than everyone else going to other jobs. Science isn’t always a pretty field, but I would like you to post anything cute you would consider a scientist to wear. I am only 22 years old and petite so it’s tough anyways without looking frumpy. Thanks :)

  • bug


    I am so thankful for your site. Not that I don’t have the sense to dress myself stylish, etc. or my daughter, but the heads up sure it appreciated and keeps me polished. :) As a busy Mom of three, you can bet there’s hardly time to research and have a lot of time for such up-to-date advice. Speaking of my daughter, who is 9, can you possibly do a segment/feature on your blog coming up for the holidays maybe on childrenswear for little girls? Just your tips, things that might be helpful, concerning anything! Because quite honestly, the stuff about drama and what ‘she’s wearing, etc, starts way young now! Like at 9 years old even! Ugh….. 😉 So, what do you say LC? What tools or resources could you pull together to help us Moms help our sweet daughters? I would appreciate anything! Thanks in advance!

  • Y.A.L.

    I just entered the working world 8 months ago, after I finished my Masters in Engineering. I work at the U.S. headquarters of one of the largest companies in the world, and while the written dress code is not strict, the unspoken expectation is business casual and quite traditional. For us, business casual means no blazers and no jeans- we typically wear a button-down shirt and pants with closed-toed shoes. Those who veer away from this traditional, conservative look often get dirty looks, but as a young woman who loves fashion, I do get bored with this dress code.

    I am so glad that you are doing this series because it is so pertinent to women like me, and it is sad to see women getting looked over because they are not dressed appropriately. I see women struggling to move up the ladder because they do not follow the guidelines you listed regarding casual Fridays, and I cannot count the number of times I have seen flip flops, excessive cleavage, exposed backs, and outfits that are far too casual or club-ready for the workplace. It makes me cringe to see one of my colleagues in leggings, since she is quite a pleasant woman but receives dirty looks from men and women alike. Hopefully this series helps more women dress in such a way to further their career.

  • Lauren Conrad

    Get excited everyone! I’m posting my blog on “”business casual”” dressing tomorrow morning :-)

  • Renos Fy

    Dear Paige, belive me…sometimes i envy you :P…you don’t have to stay long time in front of your wardrobe thinking about what to wear…is depressing…

  • Fassero

    My Paper Crown “”Emma”” dress in blue – it’s perfect for every occassion and customers always ask where I bought it. Of course, I say right here! Plus …the skirt is just what you need for twirling – in case there is a spur of the moment dance party!

  • Andrea Proctor

    Great post! I have recently moved to Australia from the UK and am able to start all over again with my work wardrobe, what an education that’s becoming!

    It’s great in some respects as I get extra life out of my wardrobe and I’m also having to put new outfits together because of the warmer weather here, that’s a challenge! If it helps anyone I actually blog about it as I would really like some inspiration to keep me going, it’s called Work Wear Dilemma (figures!!)…

    It’s casual Fridays I struggle with! Anyone?


    Andrea x

  • Kylie Cooper

    I work at a car dealership and constantly strive to look professional! I’m surrounded by men so that makes it difficult sometimes. I am usually in a dress, many from the Lauren Conrad brand, or a pencil skirt and cardigan.

  • Suzy Zhang

    i’m only a highschool student but now i know what to look out for! thanks lauren :)

  • Anastasia Sklyarova

    Oh, I will definetly reblog your post (I started my own on trendy business wear recently) ! It’s sooo hard to find any information on Business Casual/Business wear for women who want to look fashionable :( Usually, business wear ignores trends, even though designers come up with collections or pieces that could be consider acceptable, especially FW collections. I don’t know why office wear usually considered being “”boring””. I think it’s a right time to break the strereotype

  • Ja

    i have a question i have these sheer long sleeves and i wore a black tank top under them are they okay to wear in the office?

  • Rachel Cooksey

    Tricky one…what to wear with scrubs…I have a clinical job.

  • Claudia Medrano

    @Ja Sagum: It depends on the line of work that you have and what kind of people you’ll be interacting with, but my guess is no. But you could also find out what your employer says.

    Most employers have guidelines on what is and isn’t appropriate; it’s our job to merge appropriate with style.

  • Alysha D

    My work place is very buisness casual so I can wear whatever I want appropriate. I usually wear a pair of black or brown dress pants with a nice top, a pair of earrings, a watch, and my alex and ani bracelets. Then, on casual fridays, I’ll wear a pair of colored jeans (loving blue) and a nice top.

  • Danna Cuba

    Hello, everyone! Do you think it’s okay to dress more professionally than your boss? Please help. Thanks! :)

  • Mary – The Classy Cubicle

    Danna Cuba, I think it’s definitely okay (and sometimes necessary!) to dress more professionally than your boss. Unfortunately, sometimes even our bosses don’t set the best examples on how to present yourself at the office. But, that doesn’t mean that you should fall into the same traps. Often when senior people at the office feel like they’ve “”made it”” professionally, they get more relaxed (and perhaps sloppy) with their appearances. As a junior person, you can’t let that lead you astray. Keep looking professional and you’ll do really well! It’ll also help send the message that you’re driven and taking your job very seriously. A recipe for success : )

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  • Danna Cuba

    Wow, thank you so much for the great advice!! Very helpful! :) Will definitely check out your blog! Thanks, Mary! :)

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    Yes, anyone can be more professional than his/her boss at work place by wearing professional workwear. There are no such kind of restrictions.

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    Thanks for addressing “Dress Down Fridays”…..One Friday I was summonsed to the top office for my expert advice.. When I arrived there were 5 folks in there that were the ” higher ups”. It made me feel good, not only because I was able to respond accordingly, but because I was dressed professionally.

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