Not sure how to dress for success when it’s hot outside? Leave the Daisy Dukes and flip-flops at home to present a positive professional image.
Observe what coworkers, including your manager and others in supervisory roles, wear. In general, if you’re on the fence about if something’s appropriate to wear to work, it probably isn’t.
In most business settings today, you should avoid these fashion faux pas:
1. Shorts. Most guys have gotten the memo that shorts are best left for tee time and fishing trips, but there’s been some debate regarding whether it’s acceptable for women to wear shorts to the office. It may work in less formal environments, but shorts are still generally a no-no. The same goes for bermuda shorts. For women, a nice pair of cropped pants may make the cut in some workplaces.
2. Crop tops. A key lesson to remember when choosing work attire is that you should avoid showing too much skin. This isn’t a case where “less is more” applies. Crop tops can be cute for the weekend, if you’re feeling a little daring, but I’d advise against wearing midriff-baring clothing in the office. Opt for something a little more demure.
3. Flip-flops, gladiator sandals and other casual footwear. Flip-flops are just not appropriate for the office. Women can usually get away with wearing certain kinds of open-toed sandals, unfortunately for men, donning sandals in the office just hasn’t become widely acceptable yet. Casual footwear like boat shoes and Converse sneakers may be borderline.
4. Maxi dresses and sundresses. Although these dresses can be quite comfortable and vibrant, they may seem out of place if you work in a professional environment.
5. Sunglasses. Somewhere along the way, wearing sunglasses indoors started being cool. We can thank celebrities like Robin Thicke. Unless you have a valid reason to cover your eyes in the office, though, keep your sunglass-wearing to places like the beach and park.
6. Tank tops and halter tops. In most cases, T-shirts are frowned upon at the office due to their casual nature. Taking it a step further, tank tops, spaghetti straps and halter tops are usually on the “no” list, too. I won’t say that going sleeveless is totally out of the question, since there are many women’s non-sleeved shirt options out there that are conservative and stylish. But as a general rule of thumb, it’s best to be cautious with the bare-armed look.
7. Hats. Pharrell may be able to get away with wearing that crazy hat of his everywhere, but that doesn’t mean your employer will be lenient about headwear. Your baseball caps, fedoras, straw trilbies, pork pie hats, etc. can sit tight in your closet.
8. Jumpsuits and rompers. Most people can’t pull off wearing a jumpsuit or romper while out grocery shopping, let alone in a business setting.
9. Anything see-through. Sheer clothing and lace are all the rage right now, but you want to make sure you’re not revealing too much in the office. With transparent fabrics, there can be a thin line between looking classy and indecent. If any of your undergarments are visible, it’s a sure-fire sign you’ve gone too far.
Additional source: Office Team… http://officeteam.rhi.mediaroom.com/wackywardrobes