Don’t Take a Vacation from Professionalism
It’s summer and sizzling – no matter who you are we struggle to wear something that is comfortable, attractive, and work appropriate. No matter how high the temperature rises, the right business clothes still make a strong statement in the workplace.
At this time of the year, I am ALWAYS asked to spend time on this issue. The debates rage on about socks or no socks. Covered tattoes/or not. So to keep it simple and for those that care if their image is sending the right message, I offer the following thoughts.
Do your due-diligence. If you have not received a memo from HR about summer attire, consider emailing them or your boss to get clear guidelines.
No flip-flops: These shoes are great for the pool but not for work. Crocs and those “FiveFinger” barefoot shoes are still not considered a way to put your best foot forward.
Appropriate hemlines: Ladies, it does not matter what is in the fashion magazines- hems should be knee-length.
Add some color – leave black for winter and brighten up your wardrobe with more color (did you know that bright colors indicate that you are happy?)
Think layers – when the AC is blasting, have a jacket or cardigan (not your grandmother’s sweater) to add on & still look great.
Watch out for lighter fabric – Light fabric may feel better but it can wrinkle easily and sometimes can be see-through. Polyester tends to be warm. The best fabric is actually a light wool blend.
Sleeveless? The straps of your shirt should always be an appropriate width. Never spaghetti straps.
Stay polished – It’s easier said than done when it’s hot & muggy but remember you’re going to work so you should always be tidy.
Whether you intend to or not, every day when you dress, you’re always making a statement. Statistics show that your physical visual is 55% of your overall communication. We all tend to relax more in the summer but that’s not a green light to wear whatever you want at work.
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