40 Things No Man Should Ever Wear To Work

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40 Things No Man Should Ever Wear To Work

Everyone knows that the rules of office style are constantly in flux. If you’re working in finance, you probably shouldn’t wear a t-shirt and a hoodie to your quarterly review. If you work in tech, you’ll probably come off too stuffy wearing a suit around the foosball table or napping pods. That said, we firmly believe that there are at least 40 rules of office style that apply to all men—no matter your income or your line of work.

Avoid these major no-no’s and you’ll find yourself climbing that corporate ladder faster than you ever imagined. Who knows? Soon you’ll have your own business and then, my friend, you can go full Zuckerberg and wear whatever you darn well please. So click on, and good luck. And if you’re a woman? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, too. Here are the 40 Things No Woman Should Ever Wear to Work.

suspenders and belt is not a good work look

A Belt and Suspender Combo

Pick one or the other guys—never both. After all, they serve the very same function. And if you need better business wear, This Stylish Gray Suit Will Carry You Through Fall.

Novelty Ties are something no man should wear to work

Novelty Ties

If you’re the cooky uncle on Christmas Eve, maybe this flies. Our advice for making a statement: Find a great pocket square and a cool, edgier pair of glasses.

Ditch the ed hardy, sparkly embroidered clothing is not work clothing

Jeweled and Embroidered Clothing

You know what I’m talking about: tricked out t-shirts and embroidered back pockets on jeans. Simply put: there is no place for that in any boardroom. Oh, and if you’re considering designer fashion, be sure to reference the 50 Designer Brand Names You’re Probably Mispronouncing before you hit the shops.

Beanie hats at work make you look sleazy


Great for the commute, bad for the office. All you have to do it slide it in your back pocket when you arrive.

offensive t-shirts are never cool to wear at work

Offensive Tees

Hey, do what you want on your own time, but respect everyone you work with and keep that stuff out of the office. And for more great style advice outside the office, consult the 38 Things No Man Over 40 Should Wear—Period.

Never wear any kind of sandals in the work place


Only if you’re a lifeguard, my friend.

sweat stained clothing is not something to wear to work

Stained Clothing

If your shirt has yellow underarms, coffee stains, or pasta sauce, it’s time to swap it out for a new one.

going shirts are fine for the club but not for work

You Going Out Shirt

You know the one I’m talking about: That shirt with a little extra stretch and a little extra sheen, which are usually more poly-blend than cotton. Save that baby for a Friday night.

leave leather dusters for the matrix, don't wear them to work

Leather Dusters

Sorry, Neo. You are not The One.

you shouldn't wear bad jeans to work ever

Bad Jeans

Too skinny? Big and baggy? Ripped up? None of these ever work at the office. They should be dark and they should fit your legs like a great pair of slacks. If you want to get some new denim without breaking the bank, check out the 8 Tips for Shopping a Thrift Store Like a Fashion Stylish.

No man should ever wear too much cologne to work

Too Much Cologne

You will reek of unprofessionalism.

white socks and dress pants are something no man should wear to work

White Socks with Dress Shoes

You may think this is a no-brainer, but more guys do it than you would think.

Bowties are not something a man should wear to work


Sure, they have their time and place, but the office is never the place.

no man should wear a popped collar at work

Popped Collars

A popped collar launched a career for Tom Cruise in Risky Business. These days, it’s just too risky to wear a popped collar in any place of business.

baja sweatshirt, something you should never wear to work.

Baja Hoodies

It’s a good rule of thumb: if your dad wore it to a Grateful Dead show, you shouldn’t wear it to the office.

no man should ever wear track suits to work

Track Suits

Biff from Back To The Future? Nailed it. Chas Tenenbaum? Ditto. You? We beg you: don’t try!

too much jewelry is never a good work look

Blinged-Out Jewelry

Never wear anything that will completely distract your colleagues.

never wear a sports jersey to work

Sports Jerseys

This is taking the whole office “team” concept way too far.

a chain wallet is never a good work look

Chain Wallets

A gentleman should pocket his wallet with the confidence that he will not lose it.

no man should wear an ill fitting suit to work

Ill-Fitting Suits

These days, you can find good fits and fabrics for cheap across the whole of the menswear world. Add a trip to the tailor to the bill and consider yourself dapper.

never wear last nights clothes to work

The Outfit You Wore Last Night

You got lucky? Good for you! Trust us: keep it to yourself.

don't wear your frat letters to work

Greek or College Stuff

This goes for shirts, rings, belts, hats, socks, even underwear.

MAGA hat, not okay to wear to work.

Political Hats

Whatever your political beliefs, leave them at the door. Nothing ruins a work relationship like finding out your cubicle mate voted for the other team. And if you’re looking for great headwear, try one of these 10 Options That Are Way Better Than a Ball-cap.

squared toe shoes are ugly to wear to work

Square-Toed Shoes

There was a very brief span of time when these made sense. It was called the late 90s.

no man should wear camo pants to work

Camo Anything

Unless you’re talking about a stylish bag.

ripped jeans are not appropriate work wear

Heavily Distressed Clothing

When was the last time you saw a CEO dressed like a skater?

no man should wear shorts to work


Listen, you may think it’s fine, but it looks sloppy and unprofessional. Period.

no man should wear a fur coat to work


Pimp your ride, not your outfit.

no man should wear a cell phone clip at work

Cell Phone Belt Clips

Two notable exceptions: you work at a construction site or a cellphone store. Otherwise, you’ll just look like you work at a construction site or a cellphone store.

overstuffed pockets is not a good work look

Overstuffed Pockets

Are you happy to see me—or is literally everything in your pocket?

no man should wear to tie dye to work

Tie Dye

Save it for the concert parking lot.

no man should wear a dumb scarf to work

Non-functional Scarves

Wear a real scarf or don’t wear a scarf. Anything in between is a superfluous, Italian-inspired affectation.

no man should show their chest hair at work

Unruly Chest Hair

Two buttons? Fine. But when you hit three buttons, you’re deep into Burt Reynolds territory.

no man should have ironic mustache at work

Ironic Facial Hair

Unless you are slinging artisinal cocktails in mason jars for $27 a pop, your Salvador Dali ‘stache is probably doing more harm than good.

no man should wear a fedora to work


You. Are. Not. Britney.

no man should wear workout gear to work

Workout Wear

You can occasionally pull off “athleisure.” But full blown “athletic?” You better jog or cycle home to change.

no man should wear cowboy boots to work

Cowboy Boots

If you’re a boot-scootin’ fella, try a more stylish Chelsea boot.

no man should wear contrast cuff shirts to work

Contrast Cuff Shirts

Unless you want to be called “Gordon Gekko” all day long.

don't wear your biker gear to work

Biker Wear

Contrary to what you think, this will not be intimidating.

ditch the lanyard at work if you can


Pop your ID card in your wallet, fell. It’s your office, after all—not a trade show.

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