We’ve already had blazing 90 degree temperatures this summer and above, which means it is time to update your winter work attire. So, let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the plain ugly of corporate summer style!
- Linen suits: This type of suit can be appropriate work wear and classy for both men and women, just make sure it is pressed before wearing.
- Seersucker: This is also unisex work attire and is absolutely seasonal and sleek in a nice pair of slacks or a blazer, but you probably should not go for the full suit. Remember, you’re not at the Belmont Stakes.
- Creams, Whites, Pastels and other Light Colors: Trade in your navy or black suits for work clothes that won’t attract and retain the heat of the sun.
- Pedicured Feet: Need I really say more?
- Tube Tops, Midriff Tops, Halter Tops, Men’s Sleeveless Shirts: If you’re working in an office, save these summer staples for the weekend.
- Beach Sandals or Flip flops: Check with your corporate guidelines, some companies may allow sandals, but foam flip-flops are always a no-no. Leave these at the poolside.
- Spandex: No one wants to see their co-worker in spandex. It leaves nothing to the imagination and it certainly doesn't look as flattering under flourescent lighting as some may think it does in the dark corner of a bar.
- Revealing or Casual Clothes: A sundress or cover up is cute for the beach, but it won't be suitable for a meeting with your manager. What is appropriate for the beach is typically not appropriate for the office.
- The DEEP V: Plunging necklines seem to come with the territory of the season. Men, unfortunately just because it is warm does not make it okay to pull a Travolta. Ladies, it’s better to be safe than sorry, wear an under shirt or skip it entirely. Dresses and shirts tend to be sold with a deeper neckline in the warm weather and that’s fine, OUTSIDE the office!
Regardless of what the thermometer reads you should ensure you’re wearing structured clothing for an interview or in the office and have the appropriate coverage for undergarments.
Enjoy the beautiful weather, eat lunch outside and let the sun tan your face, but don’t let it fry your brain when it comes to dressing appropriately for work!