I found this today … just my kind of rules

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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.” 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.

What ‘fashion’ rules did you grow up with?  Are you still following?  Have you gone against the rules?

There were a few rules I learnt as I grew up :

  1.  Never wear black and brown together
  2. Shoes should never be lighter than the hem of your outfit. e.g : white shoes, black skirt.
  3. Never wear navy and black together.
  4. Don’t mix metals.
  5. Prostitutes wear blue eyeshadow, black nailpolish and only super stars wear red lipstick.
  6. Always match your bag, belt and shoes.

Now, I’m sure a lot of people have a mile long list of rules they could add, but these are the ones that stuck the most for me.

Which have I broken, ignored or continue to follow?

Wager a guess?

1.  Broken
2.  I don’t like wearing white shoes when my hem is darker, but then, I just don’t love white shoes I do however pain over my shoes being lighter than my hem … but I’ve started to wear nude tone shoes with darker hemlines and find it not too hard to do.
3.  Still don’t do this.
4.  Love mixing metals and started to find it less frightening when I had a two tone watch.
5.  I still don’t wear blue eyeshadow | I like black nailpolish | my lips are to thin (sadly) to wear red lipstick.
6.  Although I haven’t followed this rule in years (found it quicker and easier to just use a simple black bag – no time for changing my bag daily with a troupe of little people in tow), it still looks so stylish and finished when wearing a super smart outfit … I don’t believe Carolina Herrera would break this rule.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend.  Say Hi and leave me your comments, I’m super curious.  Thanks for visiting.

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4 Comments on Rules, rules, rules.

  1. Lynn
    19 August 2012 at 14:16 (9 years ago)

    Nice post … wish the rules were enforced in companies! Some people in the buildings where I work look like they are constantly going to the beach!!!

    Not being a fashionista I will err on the side of safety and not answer the questions.

  2. Lisa
    19 August 2012 at 16:45 (9 years ago)

    Great post, Wendy.

    Love the commandments. I grew up with the same style rules as you. I’m so happy they have evolved. I have broken all of them except for number 5….I don’t wear blue eyeshadow, polish or red lipstick…they are all too harsh on my pale skin.

    I’m not a fashionista either.

  3. Jane F
    20 August 2012 at 02:08 (9 years ago)

    I grew up (in the US) with all those rules as well as one that said “No white before Easter in the early Spring or after Labor Day in the early fall”. This rule is broken all the time now, but not by me….yet.

  4. Lynette
    20 August 2012 at 15:14 (9 years ago)

    Love this post…and good rules to dress by.