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Style expert Amy Verner suggests layering a sweater or blouse overtop a dress with sexy cutouts to make it office appropriate. (Vanessa Weber/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Style expert Amy Verner suggests layering a sweater or blouse overtop a dress with sexy cutouts to make it office appropriate. (Vanessa Weber/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Is it ever okay to show a little skin in the office? Add to ...

The question:

Cutouts are a big trend and I bought a cute dress that shows a bit of ribcage. Never okay in the office, right?

The answer:

Correct, assuming that you mean a conventional office, or even a somewhat creative one, and not your upstairs studio, a corner café or a retail setting in which you are trying to sell this rib-cage dress.

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If you sat near me at the office, your peekaboo patch would make me want to reach out and poke it, especially if you were wearing on the dresses with kidney-shaped cut-outs that Guillaume Henry designed for Carven this spring. And we don’t even know each other. This is not an appropriate dynamic for a professional setting.

If you want to don the dress for work, why don’t you layer a sweater or blouse overtop. Sure, it won’t have the same impact, but the office is no place to provoke a poke.

Amy Verner is The Globe and Mail’s Paris-based style reporter. Have a fashion question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @amyverner.

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