5 Most Awkward Places to Slip Into Work Heels
Riding the train. And by train, we mean the subway. If you take a larger, cleaner commuter train to work, by all means, subtly change your shoes before exiting. But if you ride the subway and risk mystery germs and spilled liquids touching your precious toes? Don’t even think about removing your shoes. It will creep everyone out, including yourself.
On the street. Just don’t do it, ladies. Standing on the street corner down the block from your office, clumsily hopping from one foot to the other trying to change into your heels is bound to draw unwanted attention. Even if you don’t see anyone you know, someone from your department is bound to spot you, and you don’t want that kind of fashion faux pas on your conscience.
In the coffee shop. You stop in the same Starbucks every day, meaning 1,000 other people stop in the same Starbucks every day. You recognize them, they recognize you. Don’t be that woman who takes her latte with a side of work wedges.
The elevator. Think any of the Mad Men ladies would be caught dead changing their shoes in the building elevator? Take a note from the working women of yore and look put together before you decide to step foot in the office.
On stage. One more reason we don’t want to hear what Sarah Palin has to say? She changes her shoes on a pedestal for all to see. FAIL.
So where is the best place to slip into power heels? The answer is underneath your desk. It is the subtlest way to make the switch, and, chances are, no one is paying attention to your feet at 8:30 in the morning when you first walk inside. But do make sure to wear a handsome pair of flats just in case because those clunky white sneakers don’t do your custom power suit justice.
Why Uniformity in the Office can be a Good Thing
Time Saver. What if you could literally wear anything you wanted to the office, and we mean anything? It would be one more detail to put serious thought into every morning. But if you wear a suit to work daily, all you need to think about is color choice, complementary pieces like your shirt and shoes and accessories. It saves you time and energy when you don’t have an entire smorgasbord of clothing from which to choose.
No Distractions. Just like in school, when everyone is dressed similarly, outfit choice doesn’t affect the way people think of you as much. Uniformity in an educational setting is great because it doesn’t let kids get distracted by labels and creates less stress for them. As long as there is some artistic freedom, embracing this notion ensures outfit choice doesn’t affect how you judge colleagues and vice versa.
Forces Creativity. When you can buy a vivid printed dress right off the rack, it’s easy to stand out and make a statement. But when you have to stick to a dress code, it forces you to get creative with color, cut and accessories. So long as you’re buying the highest quality workwear basics like suits and button-ups, you can have fun experimenting with bright silk shirts, bold accessories and fierce shoes. Just make sure you don’t go overboard: choose one bold piece at a time and keep the rest of your look polished and professional.
There is probably not a single female author more famous or successful than J.K. Rowling. Her cinderella story is inspiring. She had the idea for Harry Potter on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. In the year that followed, her mother died, she divorced her first husband and raised her children in poverty. But as we all know, that first book led to six more, creating the most epic young adult series of all time. Not only does Rowling have the imagination and the smarts, she looks great too. We’ve been following her fashion sense to book signings and graduation speeches, so here we’ll show you how to add a touch of magic to your working wardrobe.
Little Black Dress: There is nothing more classic than the little black dress, and we love how Rowling chose one that stands out from the rest. Although her choice is too evening for the office, showing bare shoulders and quite a bit of cleavage, you do have options when it comes to the office LBD. A sheath dress is the perfect day-to-night option for a dinner date while a wrap dress cinches the waist and gives a chic look for cocktails with the girls.
White Collared Shirt: A crisp, white, button-up shirt means business no matter which way you wear it. Here Rowling uses one to get into the layering game underneath a black sweater. Wear yours under a shift dress for a 60s feel, with you favorite high-waisted pencil skirt or classically paired with a tailored blazer. Designed with a special tech detail called the “S Curve,” Gurjot New York Ready’s Barrington Tailored Shirt won’t gape at the bust when you’re standing in the board room leading an important meeting.
Statement Necklace: When you’re sporting the above looks, no piece of jewelry is better suited to complement than the statement necklace. We’re not saying go out and buy the craziest thing you can find, but don’t be afraid to add some weight to your neck. To keep your look polished and professional, stick to mixed metals and/or pearls and shy away from overly bright colors and shapes until you leave the office.
Your Online Self: Social Networks You Should Join & Why
LinkedIn: This one is a no-brainer. Perhaps the single social media network that isn’t blocked on your office computer for fear of employees wasting time, LinkedIn is a great tool to further your career if you know how to use it properly. Think of it as a business card. After a night of networking, the first thing you should do is review the cards you received, and make the connections on LinkedIn. This ensures when you accidentally toss that rectangular piece of paper, you have all the contact info available to you. Notice a friend is connected with someone you want to work with? Have him or her make the introduction.
Facebook: If you’re running a start-up or trying to delve into a new customer demographic, Facebook is a key tool. It’s the perfect way to keep fans up-to-date on what’s happening with your company without building a weekly or monthly newsletter. Invite good friends and family to “like” your page and as your numbers grow, others are bound to follow in suit.
Twitter: If you work in media or another field that requires you to keep up with what’s happening at this very moment, Twitter is an absolute must. Even if you’re just using it to follow and get information, Twitter is a great way to gather your daily dose of news in a quick, easy way. But be aware, prospective employers do consider your Twitter personality before hiring if you’re working in a creative field, so make sure it exudes a polished version of yourself.
Instagram: Keep it personal, no one wants to see your food and cat pictures if you work in an ultra conservative environment.
How to Express Yourself Through Accessories (Without Being Over the Top)
We tend to attach personal feelings to our clothes and especially our accessories. Think of a special piece in your collection you couldn’t live without, one item that means the world to you. Whether it’s a scarf passed down to you from your grandmother’s grandmother or that necklace you found for a steal at a yard sale, accessories can not only make or break an outfit, they can serve as an expression of your personal identity. But you can easily share a little too much of yourself. The key, as with anything, is moderation.
Coco Chanel once said the point of jewelry is not to make a woman look rich but to adorn her, which might explain why she advocated taking off one item before leaving the house. You wouldn’t want to wear a statement necklace, a statement bracelet, a pair of statement earrings and a statement ring all in one outfit, would you? How many statements can you possibly make?!
The same goes for bags and shoes. You want to make sure your accessories accent what you’re wearing, not render it lost in translation. That’s not to say you have to sacrifice your sense of style, but your accessories should reflect who you are and also how you want to be perceived by others. Think of how you want to be seen and treated in the office, on the street, in any given setting, and choose accordingly.
And if all else fails, just follow Mme. Chanel’s advice and take something off.