12 Style Solutions To Dressing For The Office
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By Tiffany Tse
Sure, you know to avoid wearing sweatpants to work, but how do you deal with walking in painful heels all day or the sub-zero temperatures in your over-air-conditioned office? And, perhaps most importantly, just how casual should you go on casual Fridays? Check out 12 common workplace style dilemmas and our quick fixes for each one.
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Ice, Ice, Baby2 of 13
Problem: Even when it's warm out, your office AC is on full blast, leaving you shivering at your cubicle.
The fix: Keep an oversize wrap at your desk. Look for an extra-warm cashmere blend, and a neutral color like black or brown. Neatly cover your shoulders or place it over your lap whenever you feel chilly.
SHOP NOW: Collection 59 solid pashmina wrap, $132, bloomingdales.com
Silence Is Golden3 of 13
Problem: Your shoes echo loudly every time you walk down the hallway.
The fix: Take your heels to a local cobbler who can fit rubber tips and soles onto them. You can also try Ssh-oes, a brand that designs heels with rubber outsoles and a heel lift that helps reduce noise when you walk.
SHOP NOW: Ssh-oes Valerie pump, $79, ssh-oes.com
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Casual Encounters4 of 13
Problem: You have no clue what to wear on casual Fridays.
The fix: The mistake most people make is going too casual. A good rule of thumb? Wear what you'd usually wear, but swap out one piece in favor of something more informal, such as clean, dark-rinse jeans instead of your typical pencil skirt.
On the Run5 of 13
Problem: Your nylon stockings are starting to run—and you have a noon presentation.
The fix: The tried-and-true solution is to lightly dab clear nail polish (try a fast-drying top coat) on the area around the run to keep it from spreading. But if you don't have that on hand, you can also use hairspray. Just spritz the area and let it dry.
Sheer Genius6 of 13
Problem: You want to wear your sheer tops to work but worry about flashing everyone.
The fix: Don't assume that your silk and chiffon blouses—even if they're a dark color—are opaque. Play it safe by investing in layering camisoles in black, nude and white. Splendid's version is made with spandex, so it's fitted and won't cause extra bulk.
Wrinkle in Time7 of 13
Problem: After your hour-long commute, your once-crisp shirt is a wrinkled mess.
The fix: Try Eddie Bauer's no-iron shirts, made with a stretchy cotton/spandex blend that promises not to wrinkle by midday. As an alternative, keep a wrinkle-release spray at your desk, like Mojito's non-toxic version.
C'mon Get Happy8 of 13
Problem: You have a happy hour date after work, but no time to change.
Smooth Operator9 of 13
Problem: Visible panty lines prevent you from wearing your favorite trousers or skirts.
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Just for Kicks10 of 13
Problem: Your feet are in pain after having to endure uncomfortable heels all day.
The fix: Stick foot petals in your shoes, which provide extra cushioning, or apply Sole Goddess's balm to your feet at the points where your skin rubs against your shoes. The formula, which contains beeswax and aloe vera, creates an invisible barrier to prevent chafing.
New Girl11 of 13
Problem: You're starting a new job, but don't know what to wear on the first day.
The fix: Whether you're in a corporate or creative field, err on the side of dressing conservatively. You can't go wrong with a textured dress, sleek pumps and a classic watch—you won't look too formal in case everyone else is dressed casually.
Hot in Here12 of 13
The problem: It's mid-July, and you're sweating in your heavy suits and cotton shirts.
The fix: No matter how hot it is, avoid exposing too much skin in the office. Instead, pick breathable, diaphanous fabrics—like Mango's chiffon blouse and Sheinside's breezy button-down—that keep you cool but still looking professional.
Pony Up13 of 13
Problem: You want to put up your hair, without creating creases in it later on.
The fix: Because they're elastic, Kitsch's hair ties are gentle on your tresses and won't cause dents once you take them out. Bonus? They come in a variety of shades that easily blend in with most hair colors.
SHOP NOW: Kitsch basics headbands, $12, amazon.com