Punk Style for the Office

 This entire article is a give or take of information, meaning that bits and pieces may not work for your particular experience. Take what works for you!

There are tonnes of posts on CorpGoth or Victorian Goth for adults (for instance the post that inspired this one by The Everyday Goth). But are Punks expected to throw away their leather jackets for a life without plaid? I say neigh! Punk is my favourite style (yes, more even than Goth) but I’ve had trouble fitting it with my need to dress a little more, shall I say, elderly. Punk is often associated with teen subcultures and I commend adults that continue the styling. I just wanted to add some tips and tricks for adding a little Punk into an office wardrobe.

  Sweater          Blazer          White Blouse
  Skirt        Tartan Dress      Tartan Shorts

  •  Firstly, don’t support agism. I’m so sick people saying “She/he/I am too old to wear that”. Wear what you like, even if that means skinny jeans and a leather jacket in your fifties.
  • Change the fabrics. Okay, so fabrics can change so much about an outfit. If you’re any thing like me in your teens you didn’t care too much about high quality fabric but the way it highlights your body is different. Move away from jersey bodycon to wool or thick cotton fitted skirts.
  •  Tailor! Nothing looks more unprofessional than wearing clothes that are very obviously not your size. Wearing clothes that are tailor gives you more sway in what patterns you use. A pair of tailored tartan shorts can look amazing with a fitted blazer!
  • A lot of Punk fashion is classy or preppy deconstructed. Things like fur coats or tartan blazers, worn with tight leather skirts or ripped stockings. 
  • You may not be able to pull off your Docs in an office but that doesn’t completely rule out boots. 
  • Focus on the accents. While patterns are a bold way to tell your office that you are Punk and you are here a lot of you would probably want to make a smaller whisper. My best advice is to stay the hell away from anything with bullet shells on it, knives or razor blades. Stick with things like chains, stud-style necklaces and pendants.
  • Go all out with your outerwear but take it off as soon as you get inside the building! Aprinted scarf and kickass jacket to show just how Punk rock you are when going to and from work, but easily removed during actual working hours.

I’ve done work experience in such a conservative office that they wouldn’t even let you wear boots! So, I can feel your pain. What do you do to Punk up the little things at work? Do you have any tips of your own?



  1. January 13, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    I love the outfits and I love the idea of beeing true to oneself even at work. It is so important – either way one runs the risk to wake up one day and not liking oneself at all. We all grow up – but this is no reason to stop expressing who we are with our clothes – so I think, just as you, that it is important to find a way to bring a bit subculture to the office 😉

    • January 16, 2014 / 3:15 am

      Yesyesyesyes! I couldn't agree with you more!

  2. January 13, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Doc martens also have a lot of non-boot type of shoes like brogues or wedges:)

  3. January 13, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    I like to pair leggings with leather accents on them with a basic pencil skirt and button up for work. Layering a basic leather jacket with a trench coat also looks pretty kick ass. I think every lady needs at least one pencil skirt in their life.

  4. January 14, 2014 / 3:44 am

    punk is the most difficult trend to cross over into the office environment, in my opinion. you have it tone it down until it basically isn't punk anymore…and it just doesn't feel right wearing punk and sitting in meetings–unless you hate your job and are pissed off. goth lends itself better to the office and you don't really have to water it down too much.

    • August 5, 2014 / 7:30 pm

      It really does matter what type of goth though… I mean, think of the Romantigoths with their full victorian dresses (Which I adore) Or fetish goths with their *cough cough* somewhat corseted decolletage and skin tight clothing… its something you really have to water down. But just plain classic goth (Mine, most of the time) is a lot easier to stay true to in a job thats so constricting. And of course everyone dresses differently, so it might be easier for some punks than for some classics.

  5. January 16, 2014 / 3:06 am

    Very interesting! Punk doesn't work for me, much as I like it, I guess I am just too fussy for such a casual style, but I love the idea of adding punk to office wear. I always like punk crossed with preppy looks.

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