The guy’s guide to workplace fashion faux pas

no-pleatsWhile we can all agree that leggings are not pants, the office fashion rules for men aren’t nearly as simple. There’s no single fashion rule for the fellas, but here’s our take on the top ten men’s fashion faux pas.

10. Uggs: Even their spokesperson, Tom Brady, doesn’t wear these to work.

shiny9. Clubwear: Unless you’re job shadowing Haddaway (What is love? Baby don’t hurt me!) for the day, save anything too shiny, too tight or too mesh for the weekend. Actually, on second thought, just toss anything too mesh. Please!

fun tie8. “Fun” ties: I understand that sometimes guys feel the urge to express their individuality via accessories. But you have to be careful with this. You never know when wearing the wrong tie will get you fired or brand you as immature or frivolous or a fan of the “wrong” Disney character.

7. Cardigans: Are you over 65 or Justin Bieber? No? Then stay away from the cardigans. Macklemore can get away with wearing your Grandpa’s clothes (and looking incredible), but you’ll just look like, uh, your Grandpa. Because of their trusting (and trustworthy) nature, cardigan wearers are 2.6 times more likely to click on malicious links (luckily TDS Internet Security protects against online security threats).

socks sandals6. Socks with sandals: When our TDS Fashion Squad compiled this list we originally included just sandals (or mandals), but upon further review, we had to admit that if sandals are okay for the ladies in the office, they’re okay for the guys too. What’s never okay is wearing socks with your sandals. You’re not a German tourist. Say “auf wiedersehen” to the socks!

ed_blazer5. Ed Hardy t-shirts: There’s a place for t-shirts in the office: under jackets, as part of a wear-your-favorite-sports-team-paraphernalia-day or even just as a layer. There’s no place for Ed Hardy t-shirts. Ever.

baggy shirt4. Oversized anything: Sure, two heads are better than one, but that doesn’t mean your shirts should be cut so large that those two heads can fit through the hole. And let’s not even talk about baggy pants. I’m ready to channel my inner Grandpa and tell those darn kids to hike their pants up (after they get off of my lawn, of course).

3. Shabby shoes: There’s a lot of talk about going green. That’s great. We do our part with voip solutions that are ideal for remote workers. Going green doesn’t mean wearing the shoes you wear to mow the lawn to the office. Don’t ruin your entire look with shabby, scuffed up shoes.

manpris2. Manpris: Unless you’re afflicted by some horrible disorder that causes only your lower legs to heat up, I can’t think of any reason why you need to wear manpris to the office.

1. Pleated pants: Are you a college football coach? No? Then stay away from pleated pants. At best, they’ll make you look a little hippy. At worst they’ll make your spare tire look like something that belongs on a monster truck.

What do you think? What’s the worst guy’s workplace fashion faux pas? And, remember, even if you’re part of a virtual team, you can’t just wear “virtual pants”. Dressing up helps you stay productive when you work from home.

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About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

3 Responses to The guy’s guide to workplace fashion faux pas

  1. BruceH April 12, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks for the article. I can’t even think that someone would wear this stuff! On the other hand, has anyone seen what some wear while shopping at Wal-Mart? Anyway, this article would be even better if you had offered some positive alternatives. Thanks for a quick read anyway.

    • kris April 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Hmmm, for positive alternatives, I think of what Ryan Gosling’s character in Crazy, Stupid Love would suggest: better fitting clothes, more layers, shined shoes, flat front pants, etc.

  2. T July 31, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Pleated pants are just fine.

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