I feel really uncomfortable in pencil skirts, like they’re too sexy for my office. I see other women wearing them and they’re so cute. What am I doing wrong?
It sounds like you’re wearing a size too small. Pencil skirts are appropriate 60% of the time, every time. But seriously, in almost any work situation a pencil skirt is a safe bet. Here are 5 tips to finding the best pencil skirt for yourself: 1 // A pencil skirt should sit smoothly on your hips & not gap at the waist. If there’s waist gapping but it’s tight on your thighs, that labels’ make of skirt just might not work for you. 2 // When you’re in the dressing room, sit in the skirt. If it’s too tight or rises too far up your legs, move onto the next. If you can’t sit at all, move onto the next. 3 // Look in the mirror – if the skirt is tight across your booty & then flares out right underneath, the skirt is too tight. 4 // You shouldn’t be able to do lunges in a pencil skirt but you should also feel comfortable in one. If it looks good but doesn’t feel great, move on. 5 // You don’t want people noticing how tight your clothing is. You want them to notice how put together you look. Using the skirt model as a gauge for how tight the skirt should be is not always the best option. Read reader reviews to get a better idea of how the skirt fits.
Skirts that are too snug are a work place no-no. Save the bodycon and jersey skirts for after-hours. Those things are never appropriate at the office.
I’ve always wanted to wear heels with ankle straps to work but I feel like they’re too risque. Is there ever a time where these are OK at the office?
District Sparkle workplace fashion rule #3: If JCrew sells it, you’re probably fine. I say probably to leave myself a little wiggle room if ever the time comes when some fool wears tapered linen pants on casual Friday & then quotes this rule back to me. Hence, the ‘probably‘. Flats or heels with ankle straps don’t need to be restricted to bars but make sure you think it over before execution. If there’s any hesitation, go with a more conservative pair like these or these.
I’m so tired of my heels getting destroyed in the cracks in the sidewalk but I don’t think I can bring myself to wear flats to work. Can I wear wedges?
Absolutely. Cork & linen wedges are an absolute no. But you can find reasonably priced leather & patent wedges everywhere these days. These nude pointed toe wedges are my current favorite for summer but these slingbacks with gold piping are a close second. & while these aren’t exactly wedges, they’re a versatile option with a thicker heel.
I sweat in the summer so I stay away from bright colors. I’m so sick of it! I want to be able to wear cute, flouncy tops. Do you have any suggestions?
I use Secret Clinical, in gel not the solid, for every day use. I’d never had effective results with any deodorant longer than one week until I used the clinical gel stick. I also use this aerosol as body spray on insanely hot + humid DC days. There’s nothing professional or cute about back-sweat stains.
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