How to beat the heat!
Dress code for the summer months
Waking up to a beautiful day makes people happy. It also makes them dress differently to go to work. But what is appropriate and what is not? How to keep a balance between too posh and too casual? Some tips to help you out:
1. First rule: there are no rules!
But do not take this too literally. Every sector has its own customs. However, the tips below apply to every sector, and can be of use to anyone!
2. Follow the leader
To avoid mistakes you should follow the style of your managers. If they dress casually, you can rest assured that it befits the corporate image and you can go along with it.
3. There’s nothing wrong with covering up
For women more so than for men, revealing too much can come across as unprofessional. Seduction is not part of your job description, so make sure to command respect with your clothes. Leave your tops, skirts and revealing blouses in your closet for weekends or holidays.
4. Always important to look well-groomed.
Wearing open shoes may be appropriate in your company, but ungroomed feet definitely aren’t. Men especially are guilty of this. For women: make sure your legs are shaved when you show them and mind the lingerie. White trousers are acceptable, but do not wear a black thong underneath! Listen to your common sense in case of doubt!
5. Layers are the way to go!
Differences in temperature in and outside your office may be substantial during summer months. Wear layers and use light materials such as silk, cotton and linen to stay cool.
6. Always keep a “safety jacket” at hand
What is this? A jacket or jumper you can wear over your clothes that makes you look formal and tidy in no time. Quite handy for unexpected meetings!
And there is one last very useful safety rule: if you suspect an item of clothing is inappropriate for work, it probably is!
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