3 Fun Ways to Spruce Up Your Work Attire

In the wise words of our one true and holy Saint Britney Spears, “You better work, bitch.”

In my short time as a professional person, I have never cringed harder at work than seeing a bad interview outfit walk in the door. Call me judgey, but wearing leggings and boots isn’t proper office attire unless they’re leather and you’re Kate Moss. Sorry, not sorry. I’m not being classist here either – you don’t have to be strutting around in Alexander McQueen to look professional. Here are some hard and rules about picking outfits that transition from work to weekend and vice versa.

Collars

No, girl. Not those BDSM collars that everyone is wearing right now. A white collared shirt never hurt anybody. Go crazy with stripes. Get a funky paisley print with your bad self. Collared shirts are easy, they look good on damn near everyone, and when you wear them to the club, people probably won’t assume you’re a slob. Boom.

Lazy Oaf Button Front Shirt Dress In Cat Gang Print | $106.00

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Sisley Slim Fit Flecked Shirt with Button Down Collar | $73.00

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Closed-toe shoes

Personally, I think people need to put their goddamned toes away. But maybe that’s just me being crotchety. Practically, however, closed-toe shoes are key to life. They keep your feet warm when the air-con is on full blast in the office. At happy hour, they help keep Karen from accounting’s hot mess from spilling all over your toes. Win-win. (Side note: There’s seriously nothing less sexy than a man walking into a bar in jeans and flip-flops when there is no beach in sight. Put ‘em away.)

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Trousers

The art of the trouser has really been lost on this generation. If I saw a man (or anyone, really) wearing a casual trouser with a perfectly fitting t-shirt and the right shoes, my panties might drop on sight. Trousers don’t have to be boring. You do not have to wear trousers with the aforementioned shirt and shoes if you’re not into the young professional look. Wear trousers with sneakers. Wear them with a worn-in baseball cap. Ladies, wear trousers with fucking everything because we all know you’re fly like that.

Zara Floral Print Trousers | $49.90

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Lasse Ribergård Rasmussen wearing our Closed Bomber: http://www.closed.com/de/Men/Jacken-Maentel/Bomber-Jacke-aus-Schurwolle.html: If you work in a chill office where you don’t need to dress up to impress your boss, then go ahead and ignore this. Wear whatever you please. For everyone else, investing in key pieces is the cornerstone of your wardrobe. Always remember the number one rule, though: wear what makes you feel good. When you feel good, you look good, and when you look good, Karen from accounting might try to not spill her drink on you this time.

Socks, Sandals, and Sex Appeal

It’s only 3 months into 2016, but shit is already getting weird. Kim K took up the feminist cause (sort of), we have the human personification of a strip-mall tanning salon running for president, and telling your girlfriends you’re turned on by dad bods is no cause for question.

It’s as good a time as any for rule breaking in fashion. Enter: Socks and Sandals. I’m officially declaring 2016 the year young adults reclaim this comfy ass look from dads who need to get it together. Let’s explore, shall we?

First off, you’re going to need a good pair of socks. This is the core of your look, so invest in a pair you really like or at least are comfortable in.

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Next, you need a pair of sandals. Any of your favorite pairs will do. Tevas? Yes. Birkenstocks? Yup. The trendy platform ones with tons of straps? You betcha.

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Now that you’ve got your basics set up, you are likely asking, “What the hell do I actually wear with this?” Never fear, dear reader. Depending on your sock situation, you can dress this look up with a dress to be feminine, take it funky with a patterned trouser, or just go straight comfy at with a tshirt and jeans. See below for examples!

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The moral of the story is that you should wear comfy things and relish in it. As a personally petite woman, heels are an inevitable staple of my wardrobe that socks help make a tad bit more comfortable. If you feel best in your Louboutins or Birkenstocks without socks, so be it! There are no such things as fashion “don’ts” if you own your style and tell the rest of the world where they can send it. It’s 2016 and god damn it, socks and sandals are sexy.

Tinder Tips: Looks That’ll Get You Laid

Ever struggled with the decision about what outfit to wear when meeting someone from Tinder? Yup, me too. As a person who initially engaged with her current boo on the app, it was a question that needed answering…for science. I asked 50 people, “if you were on a Tinder date with a hard 9, what could they wear to boost themselves up to a soft 10?” The responses were weird, wonderful, and insightful. Here are the answers, straight from the horse’s mouths.

 

If they put effort into their look for a Tinder date it could mean they are excited to go out with me!” – Ruben C.

 

“I’m really into guys wearing cuffed pants with socks and Vans, it’s so effortlessly cool without being stuck up! The other day I saw some dude wearing a bowling shirt that said “Dak”, but that wasn’t his name and I was like, BOING! (P.S. Flip flops are an automatic minus 12!) (P.P.S. I think I’m into mechanics, I just realized.) – Gaby L.

 

“A random colored lipstick.” Pat R.

 

“Take a layer off! Sometimes I feel like they over-accessorize – a hat, a watch, a jacket and kicks. Too much! Keep it simple.” – Caroline H.

 

“ Nothing. Wear nothing” – Nicole W.

“Nothing is sexier on a man than a cool button up or graphic tee, some skinny distressed jeans and statement boots with a cap. That’s a solid 10 right there…but they can do without the cap too.” – Cecelia P.

 

“Muscled guys look better in simpler outfits. Something that shows off their active/fit lifestyle and personality with well-fitting quality jeans + a simple colored shirt (bonus points for a quarter sleeved button down) + a nice watch and…oddly enough, flip-flops or boat shoes. I like casual wear. Some sneakers can work. Like Forrest Gump says, “shoes are very important.” There’s no quicker way to kill a good dude outfit than with ugly dad barbecue running shoes. As for girls, same rules apply. If you’re the sporty type, wear sporty. If you’re the cinephile hipster type of lady, go dapper.” – Bella R.

 

“Ermm, a nice shirt and good shoes. Oh, and jeans or trousers that show off their sweet ass. S’all bout dem cheeks.” – Kelly T.

“I would say I like a button up short sleeve shirt that has a fun tiny print, buttoned up all the way.” – Hannah K.

 

“Funny t-shirt, jeans, converse. Bonus points for a beard.” – Mandy S.

 

“ I would say a man bun, but I guess that’s technically not clothes?” – Amanda B.

 

“Dungarees. Was that a bad answer?” – Ricky W.

 

“In my opinion? I love manly men. They would be simple – wear fly boots, sexy jeans, and a casual tee shirt” – Carly L.

 

“I went on a date with a guy who was completely cute, but I think what solidified his first impression was his button up. I remember it clearly. He had the sleeves rolled up, but it was this casual, sexy, didn’t-try-too-hard top that just impressed me so much. It made him look effortless. That’s just so sexy.” – Emily T.

 

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“A blazer and nice jeans, that would definitely push him up to a soft ten. With girls it’s harder because a girl’s personality can outshine anything she’s wearing. Honestly, though, if a girl is wearing a beanie that would bump her up. I love girls in beanies!” – Emily M.

 

“Hair is the most underrated characteristic for girls. Nice hair is important to me.” – Brendan W.

“I definitely prefer guys who dress simply and cleanly. It’s more about the fit of clothes. My ideal outfit on a guy would probably be a Henley tee, well-fitting slim black jeans and nice shoes like the Clark desert boots, preferably in black leather or suede. My experience says that this combo makes guys seem taller!” – Nicole A.

 

“Some really nice jeans that make the booty look good.” – Hannah S.

 

So there you have it. Keep in mind that what is most important when getting dressed for a Tinder date (or any date for that matter,) is feeling good for you. Everybody likes a little something different, so you might as well wear what you like and worry less about impressing your date. You never know, they might find that new scarf pretty sexy. Happy swiping!