An elegance coach has revealed the items that can make your work outfits look “cheap” — including backless clothes, red lipstick and high heels.
Anna Bey, who lives in Geneva, has over 993,000 subscribers to YouTube, where she shares self-help clips about finding a “wealthy” man, infiltrating high society, and living a “female lifestyle.”
In her most recent video, the founder of the School of Affluence, who married her wealthy husband during lockdown, shared the ten items she says elegant ladies should never wear to the office.
The banned list includes sleeveless outfits, form-fitting ensembles and casual wear, such as leggings, gym clothes and loungewear.
Don’t wear anything too revealing
Anna said opting for clothes that are revealing, for example that show “too much cleavage” or have no back, “isn’t suitable for the office space” (stock photo)
Anna said opting for clothes that are revealing, for example that show “too much cleavage” or have no back, “isn’t suitable for the office space.”
She claimed: ‘You look unprofessional if you wear something that is too revealing and under that underwire goes too much cleavage, something that is too short, too sheer, something with no back, anything that shows your belly, like a crop top.
‘Generally anything that really shows a lot of skin. It is highly inappropriate for the office space.
Avoid damaged garments
The elegance coach said damaged clothing, or items that are stained or unironed, can make you look “cheap.”
“Any damaged clothes will really make you look like an amateur,” she said. “It will immediately take any kind of professionalism away from you.
“And when I talk about damaged garments, I mean if you haven’t steamed or ironed your garment, if you come to work and your shirt is all wrinkled, it doesn’t look professional.
“Or let’s say you’ve got a stained, dirty top on you. Maybe you forgot there was a small hole in it. Or just really anything that just looks worn and old… you look cheap.’
“So all those mini skirts, mini dresses, all those clothes that might be trendy, don’t fit in a professional environment. Don’t wear them to work,’ she insisted.
Tight clothing is a no-no
“Don’t wear anything too tight,” Anna said, before suggesting that tight-fitting ensembles meant “sex.”
“It denotes sensuality, seduction and we don’t want to put that energy into the workspace because we’re not here to talk about sex,” she explains.
“We’re here to work, and we’re here to be professional. We’re here to make sure people take us seriously and don’t have all kinds of different thoughts.
‘A pencil skirt, for example, is very suitable for the office, but there are different types of pencil skirts.
“There are really sexy, tight ones that are very seductive and will make the guys think ‘who is that girl’.
“And then there’s the looser, the judge, the one who doesn’t talk about sex.
“Maybe your grandma can use it as an example. So that’s the type of pencil skirt we want to wear to work. ‘
She added: “I’m not saying you should dress like a grandma right now, but you definitely shouldn’t gobble it up at work.
“It’s a big no-no and the same goes for if you want to wear any kind of dress, not tight dresses.”
Never wear anything sleeveless
For women who have a strict dress code at work, Anna suggested never to wear sleeveless clothes (stock photo)
For women who have a strict dress code at work, Anna recommended never wearing sleeveless clothes.
“A woman should never wear anything sleeveless. She always has to cover her shoulders at work, even when it’s summer, even when it’s hot,” said the elegance coach.
‘Now this can of course cause problems in the summer, because ‘what are we going to do?’ We may not want to wear something with a sleeve.
Don’t choose jeans
“We don’t wear jeans in the workspace,” Anna insisted. ‘The only exception would be if you work in a more relaxed environment, where there is absolutely no dress code.
‘…Less is more when you really have to wear jeans. But in general, I don’t recommend any of you ladies to wear jeans.
“It doesn’t work in an office environment.”
“Maybe we want to wear something with a spaghetti strap or something like that. So my advice is: no spaghetti straps, no cami tops, nothing off the shoulder or tube tops.
‘Ladies, always wear short sleeves, even when it’s hot. But if you think it’s too warm, why not wear a fabric that’s lighter and more breathable, but doesn’t compensate for the shoulder.
“Because you really shouldn’t be wearing shoulderless cuts in a formal setting,” she claimed.
Never show your underwear
The elegance coach insisted that a woman in the office should never show her underwear – and as such should avoid see-through clothing.
She said: ‘This really makes you look so unprofessional, but not only that, it will also make your appearance less attractive.
“I’m talking visible underwear, anything from a sheer top that shows the bra you’re wearing underneath.
“Maybe you’re wearing a lace bra and you can see a little bit of the lace poking under the fabric because the fabric is so sheer or so light, or let’s say you’re wearing something where you can see your bra straps, or let’s say you’re wearing pants and as soon as you bend over for something you see your thong come up.
“Things like that, ladies. It’s all about the details. And in the office space, it’s critical to think about these details because it’s incredibly inappropriate. And again, it takes away from your professionalism.’
Heels should not be too high
Anna said it’s ‘not appropriate’ to wear heels over 6 inches, either for the workspace or for a daytime event (stock photo)
Avoid casual wear
Anna said those who work in the office should avoid wearing yoga pants, leggings, or anything similar to your pajamas.
She said, “It’s so inappropriate for work, even if you’re more of a casual office dress code, it doesn’t matter.
“No matter how casual your office is, it’s just too casual.
“All I’m saying is that even if you have a casual dress code at work, you need to step it up a notch.
“You don’t have to come to the office in a suit, but you certainly shouldn’t wear your pajamas or sportswear.”
Anna said it’s “not appropriate” to wear heels over 6 inches (15cm) both for the workspace and for a daytime event.
She claimed, “Heels that are too high, higher than eight inches, are taboo in the office.
‘Really, throw them away if you have them now, because they shouldn’t. Think less than eight inches. So keep it low.
“If you’re not sure, keep it lower just to be sure. During the day and in the office you never wear stilettos or anything that is high.’
Only wear closed shoes
Anna continued on the theme of shoes and said: ‘In a formal office space you should always wear closed shoes. You cannot wear sandals at any time.
“And when I say sandals, I mean literally all kinds of open-toe shoes, everything from flip flops to mules to regular sandals, heeled sandals, low heeled sandals or my favorite Birkenstock.
‘Pumps are suitable for the office space if you wear heels. If you’re not wearing heels, let’s just say a pair of ballet flats will work just fine.
“I think a cute little kitten heel in a pump is best for the office,” she added.
No heavy makeup looks
The elegance coach said, “For the office space, it’s incredibly taboo and wrong to wear heavy makeup. That comes across as incredibly unprofessional’ (stock photo)
The elegance coach said, “For the office space, it’s incredibly taboo and wrong to wear heavy makeup. That comes across as incredibly unprofessional.
‘Keep your makeup elegant, minimal, remember less is more. No heavy eyeshadow. Try not to use eyeshadow at all. Maybe a little bit of eyeliner so it’s barely noticeable, but no more than that. Keep it really simple.
“If you must wear foundation, make sure there are no thick layers, no contouring. Make it look invincible. Also softens the lipstick. You don’t wear red lipstick in the office. It is not appropriate. You’re wearing something very neutral.”