How To Dress For Success In The Warm Summer Months
“Dressing for your career is very important no matter what the temperature is outside,” Williams adds. “You want to be taken seriously at all costs. You don’t want to be dismissed because your chiffon dresses is too short. Remember that you are dressing for the job, raise, and promotion. You’ll be seen as more of a thought leader in a professional suit versus a halter top.”
Handal says high skirt hemlines, Short Sleeve Blouses, sheer fabrics, and bare legs are just some common wardrobe mistakes women tend to make during warmer months at work. “In relaxed offices, women can push boundaries as well–too-casual shoes such as sandals and flip flops, too short of shorts, and revealing dresses all seem to be more prevalent as the weather warms up.”Williams agrees. She cites flip flops, shorts, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, and miniskirts as the biggest attire “mishaps” among women. “These all belong at the beach, bar, gym, or privacy of your home–not at the office,” she says. “Lose the sunglasses once you’re indoors – that’s a huge summer attire offense. Your Ray Bans shouldn’t be used as a head band. And make sure your bra straps are safely tucked away. This is a major distraction and makes you come off as messy and scattered.”
“A good way of doing this is to include a list of examples of inappropriate garments within the policy,” he says. “While it may seem silly asking employees not to wear sexy short skirts, it is not nearly as awkward as having to send someone home to change when he or she is dressed inappropriately. It may also be helpful for bosses to reiterate that ‘if you have to think about it, then it is probably not appropriate.’”
Don’t fret if your employer suddenly implements a strict dress code. The weather might be warm outside but air conditioning is most likely keeping your office cool. “Don a cardigan when you’re inside your office,” Williams suggests. “You won’t risk appearing too uncovered and you’ll keep the cool stares from your co-workers at bay.” And you can wear sandals, she says–but make sure they’re peep toe or cover the majority of your foot. “If you aren’t quite sure what you should wear, check in with HR.” Handal says that while levels of formality vary by geography, industry and corporate culture, it’s always safest to err on the side of being conservative, and employees can take notes from fellow colleagues on how to handle particularly drastic temperatures.