Q: When I was much younger my mother always taught me that it was necessary to wear nylons and slips with skirts and heels. I am just now entering the business world and have seen mixed things–some women wear nylons but some do not. Is it considered inappropriate or ‘sloppy’ to wear a skirt and heels without nylons in the office?
A: The traditional business dress code is changing at fast clip, but the principles underlying it are still in place in most professional fields. While customs are rapidly changing and some workplaces may adopt a more casual dress atmosphere than others, part of a working woman’s basic wardrobe still consists of tights and/or stockings. The smart business dresser knows that they key is to look authoritative, highly competent, and reliable.