As the warmer weather approaches and we swap our sweaters and winter work wear for summertime garb, it’s important to keep dress code in mind.
What is appropriate professional dress for summer? Naturally, dress code varies a bit for every employer, but there are some general rules of thumb to follow.
Skirts & Dresses
Be very conscious of the length of any skirts or dresses you choose for work. They should fall at the knee or below. Find yourself questioning the appropriateness of length? Save it for an occasion outside of work.
Tailored shorts have become a trend, and they are often paired with a blazer giving them the feel of a professional dress option. However, they are most likely not suitable for those adhering to traditional, professional dress code standards. If you are working in a business casual environment, they may be acceptable provided that the length is appropriate, falling at or below the knee.
Spaghetti Straps & Tank Tops
Any top with thin straps is best covered by a cardigan or blazer. Some employers have no problem with a sleeveless, but tailored blouse. Remember, however, that a bare or nearly bare shoulder is not regarded as professional.
Traditionally only a beachfront staple, flip flips have become a summer dress essential for many. While employers with a casual dress code may allow flip flops in the summer months, many others adopt the conventional mindset that they are not at all work appropriate. Check your employer’s dress code policy, but know that flip flops are to be absolutely avoided when dressing for interviews, professional events, or meetings with clients. An open-toed, professional shoe, however, is often acceptable in the summer months.
Always be sure to have a clear understanding of your company’s dress code policy and whatever you’re wearing, in any weather, aim to present yourself as a polished professional destined for success.