Clothing brand Meshki is slammed for ‘sexualising’ office attire
A clothing brand has been criticised for promoting revealing outfits – including bralettes and skirts with high splits – as office attire.
TikTok user and social strategist Rosie Chong, from Melbourne, highlighted risque outfits sold by Aussie fashion brand Meshki – also available in the UK – as suitable for the office on its website, including trouser and bra combos, and figure-hugging body con dresses.
Chong, who regularly posts on fashion, shared several videos with her followers, calling out fashion brands including Meshki and asking: ‘Would you wear this to the office?’
The 27-year-old TikToker said: ‘If you work in a corporate job or an office I just need to know do you think this skirt is considered ‘work wear’ because Meshki does.’
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TikTok user Rosie Chong, from Melbourne, claims popular fashion brand Meshki is advertising revealing clothing as corporate wear to shoppers on its website
The ‘desk to dinner’ edits on the Australian version of the fashion brand’s site include outfits comprising corsets and bralettes
This combo of blue trousers and a bralette was in search results for work wear, claims Chong
The video featured a black ankle length skirt with a split to the crotch, teamed with a cropped top.
Chong said she was shocked at how revealing the work wear was, saying: ‘One of the ones I remember was a fitted top with contrast stitches under the breast that would accentuate that area which I thought was inappropriate for work unless you were to layer it under something else.
‘A lot of items were short, cropped or revealing and would only work if you layered it with something more appropriate.’
Meshki, which started as a small e-commerce brand in Australia, now sells worldwide, with Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande fans of the company.
MailOnline has contacted Meshki Australia for comment.
Chong’s video has already won nearly 90,000 views and outraged users, with others criticising similar outfits also sparking a huge response.
One fashion fan suggested: ‘I wouldn’t even wear this to a wedding’
Another penned: ‘Not unless my husband is the CEO of that company’ and a third wrote: ‘Absolutely not. To be this out of touch must be nice’
However, some agreed the clothing could be considered as office wear.
Social Strategist Rosie says she typed in work wear and found clothes that she considered ‘inappropriate’ on the website of Meshki and other fashion brands
One said: ‘Yes.’ Another wrote: ‘I mean, who’s going to stop me?’
Social Strategist Rosie said: ‘I started a series on TikTok about brands that were failing or struggling to do appropriate work wear edits and I was looking at a few brands that I knew of and Meshki was one of them.
Shorts for the office? This Meshki bralette and lycra shorts outfit, and, left, a revealing suit jacket, are listed under work appropriate wear, claims Chong
‘It wasn’t under a specific work wear button or tab but when you search work wear on the website it was one of the items that showed up.
‘I thought it was really inappropriate and a bit strange. I thought it was more of a going out skirt but not for work.
‘There were a few inappropriate items, Meshki was one of the worst ones for these outfits when you searched for work wear.
While many agreed they don’t think revealing clothes should be listed as work wear, others told Chong they would consider such garments as corporate wear.
She said: ‘The responses to the video have been really interesting as many people agreed, people who are a similar age to me thought the brands were out of touch or had a laugh at the brands thinking it was appropriate.
Are offices becoming more casual? Chong thinks so, saying: ‘I think generations are changing and there has been a big shift because of Covid, it’s more relaxed in some places’
‘Some people disagreed and accused me of making people dress modestly, which is not the point at all.’
A quick search on the retail giant’s website shows a range of skimpy outfits.
Under the ‘desk to dinner’ section models can be seen in blazers with their bra and cleavage on display as well as in tiny crop tops. There are also examples of skin tight dresses and jeans.
Chong added: ‘It’s really interesting seeing the younger generation, Gen Z, growing up and going into the corporate world and they have a different standard of dress and what work wear is.
‘There are more places that are casual but it’s really inappropriate. I think generations are changing and there has been a big shift because of Covid, it’s more relaxed in some places.
‘I don’t think it’s placed there by accident, I think some fashion forward brands are trying to appeal more to the younger generation who are their core demographic and they are willing to dress more skimpy or freely.
‘There is a shift in what professional means or looks like but at the end of the day there is a standard of how to dress in a professional work place.’