Workplace Attire in the Summer
By Angela Speakman
Do you work with someone who shows a little too much skin in the office? Even worse, what if you are the person who shows a little too much skin in the office? Even if your office is casual or maybe just casual on Fridays, there are still rules to follow. Here are a few tips for summertime workplace apparel.
In a professional office, you should strive to maintain a refined and polished look all year round. If your office is a suit kind of office, you can transition to lighter material suits, but keep the pantyhose all year long. Lighter cotton or linen suits (avoid polyester) are perfectly acceptable in the office. Under those suit jackets, be sure to transition from long-sleeve to short-sleeve breathable shirts. In the professional office, also try to stick with closed-toe heels and sophisticated flats. The only exception to this could be the can-hardly-wait-for-it Casual Friday, but even so, keep it office-appropriate. You donít want to be the hot topic of gossip around the water cooler because of your improper attire.
If youíre office is business casual, stick with a mid-thigh, knee length, or tea length skirts and dresses. You could also sport a dress pant or professional trouser and you can find those in lighter fabrics too. Even if youíre amped up for some beach time, avoid all t-shirts or shirts with logos or phrases on them. Also, leave those low cut tops and tiny-strapped tanks at home. The office is not a place to show off your tan. For the most part, stick with sleeves and remember to have a light sweater to layer with since you and the boss may have different opinions on where the AC should be set.
If youíre going to wear sandals, they should have some substance. Even if your office is more casual; avoid flip-flops and the barely there sandals. Donít forget your accessories that will show off your style. Be warned, though; choose your accessories with care. Accessorize with thoughtful purpose and choose jewelry, belts, and scarves that arenít distracting.
By following these basic tips, youíll always be looking your best while youíre on the job. If youíre heading out right after work, be sure to bring a change of clothes, so that youíre ready to transition from a day in the office to a night on the town as soon as that clock strikes 5:00pm.
Angela Speakman is CEO of The Writing Blueprint, a company specializing in editing. Angela Speakman is CEO of The Writing Blueprint, a company specializing in editing and writing services. She holds a bachelorís degree in Communications and a masterís degree in Writing Arts from Rowan University. Angela has worked in the book industry for four years. Also, she teaches writing at Atlantic Cape Community College and is a certified literacy tutor. She is currently working on her first novel and resides in Cumberland County, NJ.
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