Stay cool and considerate in the summer heat

Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:36am EDT
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By Jo Bryant

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The confinements of office life can be even more frustrating in the summer months. Every lunchtime, workers flock to the nearest green space to hastily catch a few rays before heading back into the air-conditioned environment of the office.

The hot weather, however, can encourage some social faux pas, fashion mistakes and inappropriate behavior. Here's how to stay cool and professional in a well-mannered way...


It may be boiling outside, but it's inadvisable to wear anything too revealing to work. By all means plunder your summer wardrobe, but leave the low-cut strappy tops and micro-minis for the weekend.

"If the rules are relaxed and there's a dress down day, remember that not everyone was born to wear shorts. It goes without saying that anything patterned, overly baggy or very short should be reserved for the beach.

Opt for open-toed shoes with caution. No one wants to be exposed to your over-wintered tootsies, so invest in a full pedicure before strapping up your gladiators. Flip-flops, unless they coordinate perfectly or are elegantly adorned, are probably one step too casual for most workplaces.

Never wear sunglasses inside, even if your desk is in a bright and sunny position.


<p>Guest wears sandals during red-carpet arrivals for the official screening of a film entry at the 56th International Film Festival in Cannes, May 19, 2003. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>