10 Tips on How to Dress at the Office This Summer



Summer’s coming!  Wouldn’t it be great if all you had to do was lie around on a shady patio with a cool drink in your hand? Then a pair of shorts, a tank top and flip-flops would be fine.
But most of us still have to look presentable for work, travel and all summer’s many social occasions.
Here are 10 tips on how dress to beat the summer heat while maintaining a professional look in your workplace:

  1. Dress codes vary from industries, corporate cultures, etc., so gauge the level of formality by observing how your supervisors dress in the office. Then try a similar outfit and add your personal style to the look.
  2. The hazy lazy mode of summer doesn’t mean you can be a slob. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. It’s a must for all work seasons.
  3. Light fabrics are in! You can layer several light fabrics made of silk, cotton, linen, etc. to be comfortable under the heat and the office air conditioner. Many pieces now have Lycra added to improve the way they fit on the body. Some have also been treated with wrinkle-resistant solutions so you don’t look like a crumpled Kleenex by the end of the day.
  4.  Be suitable. If you have to go to the office, consider a short suit – a cropped jacket and Bermuda-length shorts work in more situations and on more body types than you might think.
  5. No flip flops! Save them for your next visit to the beach. Ladies, no open-toe shoes at the office and gentlemen, please wear socks with your loafers or shoes no matter how hot it is. Heels may be sexy, but make sure they are not too high. When your feet swell and sweat in the heat, they can be pretty uncomfortable. Flats are just as fashionable and way more comfortable if your office dress code allows it.
  6. Summer business casual clothing do not include pieces such as short shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, halters, low-cut or sheer blouses, t-shirts and jogging suits. Period.
  7. White is right. It reflects light, which helps you stay cool. Make it modern by mixing it with splashes of bright colour.
  8. Stay loose. All those easy, breezy empire waists, smock tops, A-line skirts and floaty dresses go almost anywhere on hot summer days.
  9.  Wear a sleeveless top when you’re outside in the blistering heat; pop a jacket over it when you head back inside to the sub-arctic air-conditioning of your office or to cover you up when your boss or an important client calls for an emergency meeting.
  10. When it comes to makeup, all you need is a sweep of black eyeliner, a bit of lip gloss and a touch of bronzer. Heavy makeup looks all wrong for summer and it might melt off your face by lunchtime. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

1 Response to “10 Tips on How to Dress at the Office This Summer”

  1. May 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I once had to put out a memo “no showing thongs” to our interns, add that one to the list! If someone can see your underwear…NOT APPROPRIATE!

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