Can you wear an off-the-shoulder top to the office? AJ Wears Clothes investigates.
After happening upon this article from Vogue last year tackling the issue with some hard-hitting journalism, I was intrigued to find out on my own. Of course, they said it was okay to wear them if:
- You work at Vogue (cue MAJOR eye roll)
- You work in a creative, casual environment
- You balance your sexy, tantalizing shoulders with more conservative pieces.
These rules were followed by a barrage of some of the FUGLIEST outfits I have ever seen. No, not just outfits. Pieces. In what office, nay, WORLD would you wear that dress? The top is okay, but are you suggesting I layer it over (or worse, under?) the dress to make it office appropriate? And who is tall enough to pull off that hemline with ugly loafers?
I am fortunate enough to work in a pretty casual office. I see someone wearing a company t-shirt and jeans nearly every day, and I suspect the shorts and flip flops will be pulled out as soon as temps rise above 90. Honestly, I always feel a little over dressed around there in general, so why not use it as an excuse to experiment?
So bright and early (read: 10am) yesterday morning, I bared all (read: shoulders) at work. The results may surprise you...
...or not. Honestly, shoulders are about the least offensive body part you can show. I played hard and fast by the Vogue rules and made sure to wear pants, and I even fashioned a makeshift strap by wearing overalls. WOULD I BE FIRED? WOULD PEOPLE STARE? AM I A HARLOT???
Honestly, they should've been more offended by the fact that I wasn't wearing a bra, but that's another post for another day.
No one even blinked an eye. There were no murmurs behind my back, HR didn't call me out, and my shoulders could finally breathe freely, often oppressed by those terrible, sweaty arm prisons called sleeves. So can you bare your shoulders at work? For this girl, it's a yes.