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How to Dress for the Office during the Summer

Even the most casual workplace has do's and don'ts when it comes to appropriate hot weather attire. Here are the basics.


  • Step 1: Use common sense Err on the side of modesty. Scorching temperatures don't give you license to bare your midriff, flash cleavage, or wear short shorts.
  • Step 2: Consider the corporate culture Consider the culture; how you should dress depends in large part on where you live and the industry in which you work. Check out what your managers are wearing for guidance on what's appropriate in your office.
  • Step 3: Focus on fabrics Focus on the fabric of an item, as well as the cut. Most tee shirts and tank tops are inappropriate -- unless they're made out of silk or another high-quality material. Long linen shorts might be acceptable where cotton or denim ones wouldn't.
  • Step 4: Factor in your feet When it comes to footwear, factor in the condition of your feet. If it's been a while since you've had a pedicure, your feet are covered in blisters, or you have bunions, choose closed-toe shoes over sandals.
  • TIP: Flip-flops may be okay if they're stylish, but save the generic rubber ones for the pool.
  • Step 5: Don't overdress Don't sweat it out in business suits and shoes if everyone else is wearing khaki and sandals. Being too dressed up looks just as awkward as being too dressed down, in any season.
  • FACT: One survey found that 35 percent of employers surveyed say they've had to send workers home to change clothes because of inappropriate dress.

You Will Need

  • Common sense
  • Corporate culture
  • Luxe fabrics
  • Groomed feet

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