What is one of the biggest fashion no-nos when it comes to office wear?
According to an article on LiveScience, exposed cleavage, short skirts and see-through clothing are all rated as major distractions by managers and co-workers and are generally considered unacceptable office attire.
The study conducted by digital media company, Captivate Media, surveyed more 600 workers in a white-collar environment and found that when it comes to potential career advancement, workers should take a good look at what they’re wearing in case they are unwittingly sending the wrong message.
Unsurprisingly, 87 percent of senior managers said they found exposed cleavage extremely distracting, while 76 percent felt short skirts should not be worn to the office at all. Over 90 percent of women in the study said that see-through clothing was a no-no too.
According to the survey, spaghetti straps, tight clothing, hot pants, and bare legs were also considered pretty unacceptable on women, while flip-flops were frowned upon for both sexes.
Men who enjoy wearing shorts and flip-flops should reserve that laid-back ensemble for the beach too as it seems, it's considered off-putting by both sexes.
Tattoos might be more common place than ever before, but they're still viewed as problematic in the office. The survey revealed that the vast majority of 50-somethings would raise an eyebrow at an employee showing off a tattoo.
On the other hand, 67 percent of 35- to 49-year-olds said they were unfazed by tattoos.
The results showed that companies need to accommodate the changing perceptions of what is fashionable.
"Companies must navigate the shifting definition of what’s acceptable to wear in the workplace to minimize distractions without turning employees off with overly stringent policies," Mike DiFranza, president of Captivate Network.