As the weather gets warmer, it’s not uncommon for more skin to start showing around the office.
So what is considered appropriate when you’re working in the dead of summer?
Many companies have moved toward business casual dress policies that encourage comfort while conducting business in a more relaxed and flexible environment.
But it’s important to know where to draw the line. Workplace experts agree that open backs, plunging necklines, rising hems and peeking midriffs are always inappropriate, according to Forbes. While you can typically dress a little more comfortably in the summer sun, experts also say you shouldn’t go too casual.
Here are some other items of clothing that may be considered inappropriate for summer wear around your office:
- Clothing that is too tight, short or revealing
- Non-collar casual tee shirts
- Undershirts, tank tops, tee shirts with logos or slogans
- Sports attire including sweat shirts, sweat pants or warm up suits
- Sundresses (dresses with cut out shoulders/backs, spaghetti straps)
- Casual or athletic sandals (e.g., Birkenstock open-toe styles, Tevas, Crocs)
- Shorts for men or women
But there’s no need to compromise professionalism for comfort. In order to spark some wardrobe ideas, and stay cool in the heat, consider these tips:
- Wear more breathable (non-see-through) fabric.
- Loose clothing will help cool you off when the heat settles in.
- Wear lighter colors that don’t absorb heat.
- Put up your hair (if it’s long).
As Talent Management mentions, many offices’ dress codes reflect the culture and nature of business. The way you present yourself reflects on your employer, which shouldn’t change by season.
Just remember—as the days get longer, your hemlines shouldn’t get shorter.