Summer-Business-Fashion

Summer has arrived in Florida, and while the temperatures may be changing, office wardrobe etiquette is not. Though it may be tempting to translate the laid-back summer attitude to your look, business is still business, and professionalism is a must. Though office attire will vary by industry and culture, here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to dressing for the summer months in the office.

Dos-and-donts-of-summer-fashion

DON’TS

 Flip-flops or sandals

 Shorts

 Sheer fabrics

 Jerseys

 Untucked shirts

 Hats/baseball caps

 Sunglasses on head

DOS

Brighter colors

Lighter fabrics

Stay cool but “skin appropriate”

  • Men: Short-sleeve dress shirts
  • Women: sleeveless dresses

Sunscreen

Additional Tips

  • Layer up – don a cardigan or blazer while in the office that can be easily removed when you step outside.
  • Keep beach/casual clothes in the car or in a gym bag to change into when leaving the office.
  • Follow the “‘If I have to think about it, then it is probably not appropriate” rule, and err on the side of being conservative.
  • Opt for natural fibers, which are more breathable, over synthetic fibers.
  • Choose patterns which hide sweat better than solids.

This article appears in the July 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Business.
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