More and more workplaces are moving away from professional dress to business casual, but how casual is too casual. Ever wonder what you wear may be communicating to co-workers? Or how it can create hazards at the office? Business consultant Ginger, Fincher gives examples of ten outfits to avoid and why:
01. French Maid Costume — Never mind the skimpy skirt and fishnet hose, accessorizing with a feather duster can bring all sorts of allergens into the office. Plus, co-workers may expect you to clean up after them.
02. Ninja Duds — As chic as ninja wear is, it can cause some commotion for drivers delivering to nervous receptionists.
03. Native American Headdress — If the Indians had won the war against white settlers, perhaps Native American fashion would send a different message at the negotiation table. Moreover, a feathered headdress can be downright dangerous next to the papershredder.
04. Self-Expressing Nursing Bra — Although it may be convenient for your bra to express your milk throughout the work day, when you lean across the conference table for a handout, you don’t want to accidentally shot the boss in the eye with milk.
05. Kilt — Although nothing says fall fashion like plaid, forgetting that you’re not wearing underwear and crossing your legs during a meeting can lead to revealing too much personal information and a potential lawsuit.
06.Burqa — Like ninja clothing, a burqa worn, say during an interview, can be unsettling. Interviewees rely on feedback from facial expression, eye contact, and body language to indicate how they’re doing the interview process. For all they know, you could be making faces at them or snoozing.
07. Chainmail — Chivalry may not be dead, but chainmail causes problems for lawyers who must contend with courthouse metal detectors. Also, paperclips snag on chainmail like you wouldn’t believe.
08. Toga — Nothing brings summer to mind like a toga, but that’s also when facilities management turns up the air conditioning. Don’t be caught shivering in your toga next to your space heater in July, because the loose material can easily catch on fire. Plus, the white material shows everything: toner, coffee, blood, food, etc.
09. Loincloth — The breechcloth has become popular among competitive younger male executives who take pride in their bodies, but it only takes catching the loose flap on the corner of a desk to make the whole world your proctologist and reveal any hidden difficiencies.
10. Hoop Skirt — Not only can hoop skirts present problems when trying to sit comfortably in an office chair, they also can create literal roadblocks in the narrow passageways of cubicle farms. Damn it, Scarlet, leave the hoop skirt at home!