No Lie: Editors Will Never Wear This to the Office
Office style can be difficult to master. Whether you’re hopping onto a steamy subway or dealing with air conditioners on full blast at the office (or both), figuring out the right thing to wear can be a challenge.
To find out how to navigate the tricky topic, we enlisted the advice of Who What Wear’s editors. Just like you, we think about this topic often and have figured out the styles that strike the perfect balance of fashion-forward and office-appropriate. Ahead, we’re sharing the pieces we would never wear to the office—and the outfits to wear instead.
Keep reading to find out the pieces we never wear to the office, then shop editor-approved picks to wear all summer long.
“Although we often talk about how to dress leggings up, I’d never wear them to the office. I think there are certain ‘treggings’ you can get away with, but in general, they’re just too form-fitting and casual. If I want to be comfortable yet polished, I’d instead wear these high-waisted black jeans and a pair of kitten heels—so chic.” — Allyson Payer, Editor
“Anything that requires a strapless bra is off-limits for me at the office (thanks for the rule of thumb, Hillary Kerr!).” — Michelle Scanga, Managing Editor
“I would never wear off-the-shoulder tops or dresses at the office. Like our co-founder Hillary Kerr says, if you have to wear a strapless bra with something, it’s a no-go for 9-to-5. Instead, I’d wear a bra-friendly dress like this Reformation one and pair it with affordable Zara shoes.” — Erin Fitzpatrick, News Editor
“While we have a bit more of a relaxed dressed code than, say, a corporate finance office, in the summer, a good rule of thumb I follow is just to never to wear anything that looks like I plan to sneak away to the beach anytime soon (so no cutoff shorts, flimsy dresses better suited for a swim cover-up, strappy tank tops, etc.). Actually, this HVN dress is my ideal summer work look. It’s tailored yet has a breezy skirt, and it’s in a bright, powerful shade of red—a personal favorite.” — Gina Marinelli, Senior News Editor