The Fingertip Rule

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Dress – Express (similar) | Necklaces – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar)


After yesterday’s dress code discussion I admit I felt a bit odd going to work in what is essentially an outfit that pushes the envelope of a professional dress code.  But, considering my only work obligation was a meeting on our more casual campus and then I was off to the JF&A Show (post on Sunday!) I felt I could get away with it.

Plus, the dress does meet the fingertip criteria.  What’s that?  If a dress or skirt is longer than your fingertips when your arm is hanging by your side then it’s not too short.

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Okay, maybe it’s still too short for work for many people but for the day I had planned it worked okay.

Also, did you notice the pattern mixing with the stripes and the leopard print?  I have a post coming up next Wednesday on pattern mixing!

14 replies on “The Fingertip Rule

  1. Kandi

    I’ve heard of and still use this rule! I have a skirt that seems a bit short for work but passes this test so I’ve worn it a few times. Also, that dress is awesome!!
    I like your bracelet too. I’m not really much of a bracelet person but I’m curious where it’s from.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I bought this dress on a whim at Express last year when it was on clearance. One of my favorite purchases!

      And that bracelet is actually my watch. It’s a Fossil but, sadly, they don’t sell it any longer. At least not online!

  2. Lindsay

    I use the fingertip rule, too. Especially because I have long arms, so I know that if the hem is past my fingertips, there’s no way it could be inappropriate. Of course, that made me look like a total dork in high school.

  3. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I love a short skirt (being a short person and all) but I use the fingertip rule as well, it seems to be a easy way to keep from venturing too far into dangerous territory. (I suppose I’m not really one to talk about modesty, from the amount of dirty looks I get from Russian Orthodox women I’m pretty sure I dress like a hussy.)
    I love this dress on you, it fits you to a tee and looks really stunning on you. Plus, stripes and leopard print together? It doesn’t get any better than that! Ooooh, those leopard print flats are gorgeous.

      1. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

        Yes, there’s quite a large community of Russian Orthodox in Fairbanks and in Delta Junction. (A town a ways away, but everyone comes to Fairbanks to do their grocery shopping, so we get quite a influx of them during the weekends.) The women dress very modest with long dresses and scarves over their heads. Most of them make their dress and they are so gorgeous sometimes, I’ve seen teenage girls come to town in princess-looking dresses.

  4. kilax

    I have a few things that I feel are too short for work… but I wear tights underneath and that makes it seems better. They definitely cover my butt though! Ha ha ha.

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