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5 things you should NEVER wear to work!

Last updated on: November 15, 2010 15:58 IST

5 things you should NEVER wear to work!

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If you want to create the right impression, there's no two ways about it -- cover up!

Don't know what outfit you should wear to work and where the line of decency lies in your office attire? Well, experts have offered some tips to help you dress up appropriately for the workplace.

Career consultant Katie Roberts, lists the most common errors as wearing too much bling and make-up, choosing clothes that are too revealing, and dressing too casually.

Here are the five garments and accessories the professionals agree should stay at home on workdays, reports WA Today.

Midriff tops, mini skirts

You've worked hard on your body and now you want to show off as much as you can. However, human flesh is best kept tucked away in a professional environment, said the experts who point at garments such as low-slung pants, hot pants, torn trousers, shorts, plunging necklines and midriff tops as attire for occasions other than work.


Image: Mini skirts are a no-no!
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters
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Tracksuits/leggings

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You may jog with your boss at lunchtime, but that does not make sports gear acceptable wear around the office said experts -- meaning that tracksuits, running shoes, leggings, and anything made of spandex is probably best left at the gym.


Image: Tracksuits are for the park, not the office
Photographs: Peter Morgan/Reuters
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Novelty tee-shirts/ties

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The tech crowd loves wearing these, and the more unfathomable the message on the front, the better.

Experts added that you should also avoid extremes like ties or patterns that are too loud and draw the focus away the wearer, preventing them from being taken seriously.


Image: No quirky tees, please
Photographs: Sanjay Sawant
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Flip-flops etc

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Hats, beanies and casual footwear like flip-flops (slippers), UGG boots, and Crocs are best avoided, said Roberts.

"These should only be worn outside the office as they don't present a professional image in the workplace and may imply that you don't take your job seriously."


Image: Slippers can hardly look professional -- they're more suited to the beach
Photographs: Peter Morgan/Reuters
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Tattoos and facial piercings

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While tattoos and piercings may be part of your personality, experts agreed that nose and tongue piercings -- particularly in more corporate work environments -- don't give the right impression.


Image: If you have a tattoo, try to ensure it's covered up during work hours
Photographs: Andrea Comas/Reuters
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Source: ANI