We all know the drill. It’s July in Florida. Every morning you step outside, it’s already well over 75 degrees with at least 75% humidity. I think our friends up north think it’s no big deal. We just go from an air conditioned home to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned office, but the reality is your entire wardrobe changes during the summer months, even for us in Southwest Florida.
I’m sure you’ve noticed around your office that more skin is exposed, hemlines are shorter and sleeveless shirts have replaced sweaters. That’s mainly because, as a society, the summer seasons are more casual and laid back. Some offices have shorter hours on Fridays or at least casual Friday where employees can wear jeans and even shorts.
Nicole Williams, a LinkedIn career expert and best-selling author says, “when the weather is warmer we often lose the tights and the layers and toss on our spring brights and sandals. I’ve seen flip-flops, short shorts and tiny tank tops at professional workplaces.”
Williams says flip flops, shorts, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, and miniskirts are the biggest attire “mishaps” among women in the office. “These all belong at the beach, bar, gym or privacy of your home – not at the office,” says Williams.
To avoid any dirty looks, it’s important that the employer and employees set a clear summer dress code, so that everyone is on the same page.
When in doubt, don’t: If you think a piece of clothing could be inappropriate for the office, it probably is
Strike a balance: A comfortable, happy employee is a more productive employee. However, employers must also remember that a sloppy or skimpy dress can be distracting to co-workers and can also affect productivity and customer service.
Be polished: No matter what the time of year, it’s important to make a good impression and present a professional image. Just because your company has a relaxed dress code does not mean you can be a slob.
If you can wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work: It doesn’t matter how cute your beach coverup is. If it can be worn with flip-flops it can’t be work in the office
Don’t wear flip-flops around the office: flip-flop immediately make any outfit casual. Save them for the weekends.
No ponytails: Yes, it’s hot out and a so you want to put your hair up, but rather than throwing your hair up, curl the ends of your hair with a big curling iron. It doesn’t take long and will look much more professional around the audience.