SUMMER OFFICE ETIQUETTE
As the really warm weather moves in, the fabrics naturally get thinner. Of course, it’s important to be comfortable in the office; however we must be mindful of office decorum even when it’s hot and humid outside.
Here are a few tips to keep you cool and out of hot water with your co-workers.
Always bring a jacket:
It can be tempting to wonder about the halls in sleeveless tops and dresses, and sometimes that’s appropriate. However, if an important client or someone from upper management drops in, you want to be prepared to show off a more conservative look. Keep a simple black blazer or sweater on your chair will keep you covered.
Your future’s so bright:
You want your career to have a bright future, not your clothes. It’s tempting to wear hot pink and your best friend may have even told you that neon is your color. You probably look fabulous, but wait for the weekend or that trip to Turks and Cacaos to sport the jungle green floral print jumpsuit.
She’s got legs:
They can be uncomfortable and very hot; however, if you weren’t blessed with great legs and flawless skin then pantyhose are still necessities with business suits. Nothing says polished like a great pair of sheer hose. Extra tip: Keep an extra pair in your desk drawer for emergencies.
Remember your basic instinct:
Shorter skirts are usually acceptable in the summer months, but remember when you try a new skirt on you should always sit down in it. If the hemline is creeping too far north then save that outfit for after work. The rule of thumb is while standing your skirt should be lower than your fingertips.
Click-clack – don’t wear that:
Check with your manager regarding open toe shoes. Most employers are fine with it, but some may only allow peep toe sandals. Don’t wear flip-flops—ever.
Peek-a-boo…don’t let them see you:
Summer outfits are always made with thinner, clingier fabrics. Make sure your unmentionables can’t be seen through your clothes. Think of how embarrassing it could be if the guy in accounting comments on your leopard print thong.
Most offices have an employee handbook to refer to, but, bottom line: always remember to err on the side of caution and be conservative when you aren’t sure.