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Dos and Don'ts of Summer Office Attire

Dos and Don'ts of Summer Office Attire

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Beverly West | Monster Contributing Writer

June 22, 2009

According to Mary Lou Andre, founder and president of Organization by Design, a Needham, Massachusetts-based wardrobe-management consulting firm for corporations and individuals, "For the past few years, there has been a trend toward showing off a little more leg and leaving the hose at home.

Many office environments, however, require that you wear hose and closed-toe shoes with skirts, dresses and dress shorts. Hosiery automatically sets a business tone and creates a nice business boundary, as does a closed-toe shoe. But some employers allow you to forgo hose and socks.

Office-Fashion Don’ts

While every workplace has its own rules, Maysonave suggests there are a few fashion statements professionals should avoid in any workplace:

• Shorts or capri pants.
• Tank tops or sleeveless shirts.
• Halter tops.
• Flip-flops.
• Overly revealing attire.
• Jogging suits.
• T-shirts, especially with logos or offensive print.

Look Around

As acceptable forms of summer business-casual attire may vary from industry to industry and office to office, it’s important to get to know the fashion sense of your particular workplace. When in doubt, take note of what others are wearing in your office or consult your HR department. Also, consider whether you are behind the scenes (less-formal attire) or interacting with clients or the public (more-formal attire), become familiar with your company’s dress code and — no matter how hot it gets — don’t push it.

This article first appeared on Monster

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