Modern Etiquette: What not to wear to work in summer

Mon May 31, 2010 8:08am EDT
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By Anna Post

BURLINGTON, Vermont (Reuters Life!) - Summer is full of wonderful distractions, but co-workers' skin shouldn't be one of them.

The formality of office attire often diminishes as temperatures rise. Every workplace is different and some are a lot more relaxed than others but don't be fooled into thinking that no one will judge your appearance. Be sure you're comfortable with the message your clothes are sending.

For women, the more skin you show, the less influence you have. Do you really want to work harder to earn the respect of your co-workers and boss?

Keep up a professional look by combining seasonal items with lighter weight classics. Pair capris with a lightweight blazer, sandals with a wrap dress.

Happily, unless you work for a conservative office that specifically calls for them, pantyhose and stockings can be left in your drawer. Bare legs with a knee-length skirt is 21st century work appropriate.

Though Michelle Obama has made them work-chic, tank sleeves are still up for debate in many offices, and that goes double for spaghetti straps. Strapless day dresses need to be saved for weekend brunch.

Also avoid: sheer fabrics, short skirts, shorts, Spandex, and bare midriffs.

For men, while some workplaces might be shorts-appropriate, in the majority of offices nothing says "I don't take my job seriously" more than wearing short.   Continued...

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