The Bra "Rule" Every Working Woman Should Know

Dressing for the office doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you’ve read our style guidelines every woman should follow and the 10 commandments of dressing for any workplace. Today, we’re adding another token of office attire advice to the list. During a recent brainstorm, our co-founder, Hillary Kerr, mentioned a simple yet highly useful tip that I thought was too good not to share.

“I’ve always felt that if an outfit requires a ‘stunt bra’—meaning: strapless, one-shoulder, or whatever—it probably isn’t the best choice for the office. It’s a boring rule of thumb, but I think it’s important to err on the side of professionalism versus the ultimate expression of your personal style—at least when you’re at work,” she recommends. We’ve all been there, at some point in our career, trying on an outfit and second-guessing if it’s right for the office or not. The next time you’re in that situation remember to play by Kerr’s rule to avoid any regrettable outfit decisions.

Do you have a style “rule” we should know about? Let us know in the comments, and in the meantime, shop the pieces that are always appropriate for the office below.

Add this structured piece to any outfit to make it look professional.
Add this structured piece to any outfit to make it look professional.
These are sure to last you season after season.
These are sure to last you season after season.
Freshen up the classic work shirt with some fun florals.
Freshen up the classic work shirt with some fun florals.
These modern shoes would pair nicely with a great statement top.
These modern shoes would pair nicely with a great statement top.
Elevate your everyday outfit with ease.
Elevate your everyday outfit with ease.
You can never have too many simple tissue turtlenecks.
You can never have too many simple tissue turtlenecks.
An elegant basic you can wear well into fall.
An elegant basic you can wear well into fall.
This neutral skirt will soon become your favorite office essential.
This neutral skirt will soon become your favorite office essential.
Simple and so chic.
Simple and so chic.
This piece can easily transition from office to night.
This piece can easily transition from office to night.
We love this feminine pattern.
We love this feminine pattern.
Style this basic shoe with every outfit for the week.
Style this basic shoe with every outfit for the week.
One of the season's coolest trends: architectural earrings.
One of the season's coolest trends: architectural earrings.
Elevate your palazzo pants, and elongate your legs with this vertical gold and red detail.
Elevate your palazzo pants, and elongate your legs with this vertical gold and red detail.
Add a pop of color to your work wardrobe.
Add a pop of color to your work wardrobe.
Pair this ruffled top with sleek black trousers for a stylish office look.
Pair this ruffled top with sleek black trousers for a stylish office look.
These cropped flares are sure to earn you some major compliments.
These cropped flares are sure to earn you some major compliments.
LBD anyone?
LBD anyone?
A contrasting collar makes this blazer feel fashion forward.
A contrasting collar makes this blazer feel fashion forward.
The chunky block heel makes these easy to wear all day long. Up next, shop nine cool brands we secretly wear 24/7.
The chunky block heel makes these easy to wear all day long. Up next, shop nine cool brands we secretly wear 24/7.