Dress for Success all Summer long

13bd131b3a5637a006e6ee94f61e412bWe 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. 

 

 

 

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Trends for Spring and Summer

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If you know the strange, wonderful world of fashion, you know that trends are an extremely odd animal.  They’re partly organic, arising on their own as people start dressing differently over time.  But they’re also deliberate, with designers chosing a look to start pushing, hoping to angle the public zeitgeist in that direction.  And, even more strangely, that pushing starts a year in advance.  The trends for spring and summer 2017, for instance, will be displayed and start being pushed by designers in the spring and summer of 2016!

So, now that spring and summer of 2014 is actually upon us, how did the fashion world do?  How close to reality were the fashionistas when they started their push last summer?  Let’s jump in the Wayback Machine, and take a look at GQ‘s reporting on just that last year.  You be the judge!

Head-to-Toe White

If you’re prone to spilling, you’ve got until about May to brush up on your hand-eye coordination: head-to-toe white was the most noticeable trend to come off the catwalks this season. Trust us, a bright white suit is going to be essential to your summer wardrobe this time next year – we suggest you add in an accent color for interest, as seen at Jil Sander.

Block Stripes Everywhere

Last season it was big squares, this season it’s big stripes. While the horizontal patterns at Moschino and Miharayasuhiro were certainly the boldest way to wear this trend, it was the block color stripes on suiting really caught our attention (exhibits A and B: the surprisingly wearable tailoring at Wooyoungmi and Valentino).

Long, Loose Summer Coats

The designers in Milan realize that some countries – like our own – are not blessed with a dry, Mediterranean climate all season long; sometimes a coat is essential even on the hottest days. This season thin belted trench coats are the solution. Look for one that hits between the ankle and the thigh and opt into an ultra-light fabric as well as a bright color if you’re feeling as brave as our brothers on the continent.

Anything in Pink

Rose gold emerged as one of the strongest men’s watch trends at Baselworld, so it perhaps comes as no surprise that pink was also all-over the catwalks. However, what was surprising was the sheer variety of colors for the new season. Whether you’re more partial to the pastels at Richard James or the highlighter pink at Paul Smith, prep your wardrobe with at least one shade for spring.

See the rest of the trends, and a million pictures of them, RIGHT HERE on GQ.  And let us know what you think of the trend predictions, accurate or not?