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6 Office Style Mistakes to Avoid

Last updated: 10-10-2017

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6 Office Style Mistakes to Avoid

6 Office Style Mistakes to Avoid
 
 
The corporate world is rife with rules, traditions and expectations. "You gotta pay your dues" and all that stuff. And hey, no one said success comes easy. But the key is to work smarter, not harder right? So try skipping a few steps by upping your style game. Part of getting noticed for your diligence is getting noticed, period. Avoid these common missteps and you'll always look like you're in charge. After all, they don't tell you to "dress for the job you want" for nothing.
The
Rumpled, Wrinkled
and Overly Creased
Showing up to the office with a rumpled jacket, wrinkled shirt or overly creased pants makes you look careless and sloppy. It communicates to your colleagues that you didn't have the time, inclination or foresight to properly press or steam your clothes before getting ready for work. Which really says something about your judgement or your time management skills—neither of which you'd like to have questioned. Who wants to be known for cutting corners? You should have a steamer at home. Use it. Or have your shirts laundered and pressed at your local cleaners.
Handheld steamer,
∗ The no-nonsense steamer
the Valet. team uses
Showing up to the office with a rumpled jacket, wrinkled shirt or overly creased pants makes you look careless and sloppy. It communicates to your colleagues that you didn't have the time, inclination or foresight to properly press or steam your clothes before getting ready for work. Which really says something about your judgement or your time management skills—neither of which you'd like to have questioned. Who wants to be known for cutting corners? You should have a steamer at home. Use it. Or have your shirts laundered and pressed at your local cleaners.
The
Mistake
Beaten Up Shoes
Nothing ruins a sharp suit or fresh looking outfit faster than some dusty, beat-up shoes. Whether you're wearing proper leather lace-ups or some minimalist sneakers , you want them looking crisp and clean. A few scuffs and wear is to be expected—these shoes tend to get a lot of miles put on them—but make sure you're keeping an eye on them. Make a habit of cleaning them up every month or so. When they start showing their age, consider having them refurbished , repaired, or donate them and then re-order a new pair.
Twill and leather zip tote,
Mistake
Dressing Too Far Down
More and more offices are ditching stodgy dress codes for something a little more comfortable. And, of course, menswear as a whole has gotten more relaxed as of late, but balance will always be one of the fundamental rules of good style. Just remember that at work, being on-trend matters less than being appropriate. You want to be sure that the boss is cool with you wearing a hoodie or layered T-shirt before showing up in your latest Supreme score.
The
Being an
Office Drone
We see it a lot. A group of guys stepping into the elevator on a Monday morning or waiting in line at Chipotle. All in nearly identical light blue shirt and basic grey pants that could only be described as "slacks." They don't exactly look bad. But they do look unremarkable. Chad from accounting, Bill from mergers ... or was that Bob? Looking like everyone else hampers your upward mobility. You don't have to be flashy, but look around you and you'll notice how swapping the standard uniform for, say, a subtle striped shirt or plaid trousers will help you stand out from the crowd.
Grey checked trousers,
$79.90 from Zara
We see it a lot. A group of guys stepping into the elevator on a Monday morning or waiting in line at Chipotle. All in nearly identical light blue shirt and basic grey pants that could only be described as "slacks." They don't exactly look bad. But they do look unremarkable. Chad from accounting, Bill from mergers ... or was that Bob? Looking like everyone else hampers your upward mobility. You don't have to be flashy, but look around you and you'll notice how swapping the standard uniform for, say, a subtle striped shirt or plaid trousers will help you stand out from the crowd.
Sign of
the Times
Banking giant J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. now lets workers wear business-casual clothing most of the time instead of the once de rigueur suits.
 


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