Raise your hemline
A “break” is the spot at the bottom of your trousers where the fabric meets your shoe. A full break with a deep crease (or even two) will “end up looking a little schleppy,” says Lauren Rothman, fashion stylist and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work. Tailor your pants so they have a “mid-break” that bends just a bit, or no break at all, she recommends. Read more fashion secrets from personal stylists.
Match your shoes to your outfit
Having some texture in your shoes could work well in a creative office, but stick with more basic shoes if you work in a conservative company, says Dina Scherer, wardrobe stylist and owner of Modnitsa Styling. “If you need a clean-lined look, those shoes could stand out in a negative way,” she says. “It could look like you don’t know what you’re doing.” Be careful with color choice too. Pairing black with navy or brown doesn’t give enough contrast, so they tend not to look good together, she says.
Switch to wrinkle-free shirts
Wrinkles make your office clothes look disheveled. “It could just be you’re not ironing it, not sending it to the dry cleaner, or not taking it out of the dryer soon enough,” says Rothman. If you know you aren’t likely to dig out the iron every day or shell out for dry cleaning, make your life easier with some wrinkle-free clothing, she says. Technology in the fabric makes them resistant to wrinkles, so you’ll look fresh at the office. Learn how to de-wrinkle clothes without an iron.