What to Wear Under Your Suit
Sep 8, 2011
Last night, I was chatting with a co-worker’s significant other when she mentioned that I should write a post about what to wear underneath your suit jacket. Why?
A few weeks ago she was sitting in a packed committee hearing room and a substandard amount of air conditioning. To cope with the rising temperature, a half dozen female staffers shed their blazers to reveal…tank tops and bra straps.
In a professional setting, there is never a time when it is okay to wear a tank top without a sweater or a blazer on top of it. It doesn’t matter if it has spaghetti straps, a racerback or your standard wife beater (I tried to describe it another way, I couldn’t think of one.). Uncovered tank tops in the work place are simply not acceptable.
For the most part, I avoid this problem by avoiding tank tops. There are plenty of other choices, so there’s no reason why one should be forced to inappropriately disrobe because the office gets a bit toasty. Here are some suggestions:
Long sleeves, short sleeves and cap sleeves are all more stylish and more professional than tank tops. So do yourself a favor and relegate your tanks to your casual wardrobe. But if you must wear one, know that removing the jacket or sweater covering it is not an option. I don’t want to see your bra straps, your collarbones or your bacne in the workplace.
As for the sleeveless shell and other tops like it, some people are opposed to the exposing of any part of the shoulder. I, however, think that as long as the blouse is wide enough to reache the edge of your shoulder, you’re fine.
Unless of course, your upper arms lack tone to the point that they are almost gelatinous. In that case, sleeveless is not your best look. And I’m not judging, I’m speaking from experience. My deltoids jiggle like a jar full of change.