Summer Fashion No-Nos
Be professional, even when it's hot
While there are some notable exceptions, like construction or the entertainment industry, most workplaces do have expectations regarding work attire, even if they have no formal dress code. Unfortunately, the advent of summer can cause some slippage in common sense. Here are six wardrobe pitfalls to avoid when the weather is uncomfortably warm:
1. Flip-flops for anyplace, unless you are a lifeguard, and athletic training shoes unless you work in a gym. Sockless doesn’t cut it, either. Real men wear socks with their shoes unless on deck.
2. Sleeveless tops of any sort for men and tank tops for women. You might wear a tank top as a camisole with a blouse covering it as a jacket, but be careful. You should be cautious with any kind of sleeveless top unless you have very toned arms. Just because Michelle Obama and daytime TV anchors can get away with this look doesn’t mean you can, too.
3. T-shirts with logos, team affiliations or political slogans. Your boss and your customers may not share your passions. Ditto inscribed caps of any kind.
4. Cargo pants and overalls, unless you give tours of urban farms. You need to look like you are at work to work and not like you wish you were elsewhere.
5. See-through, tight or over-revealing clothing is out and always will be. The same goes for exposed underwear (straps, thongs or boxers). Bare midriffs, even if accidental, scream out “careless.” Is that the way you want to be perceived? As an employee, you want to stand out for your productivity and service, not your questionable skirt length.
Above photo: Well done, young staffer! You look professional and appropriate for the season.