Warm weather work at­tire: 4 tips

Los Angeles Times - - MARKETPLACE - — Peter Jones, The Job Net­work

It’s im­por­tant to keep in mind that, even in this day of ca­sual work cul­tures, there are still rules and norms that gov­ern what we should and should not wear to the of­fice. And to make mat­ters even more con­fus­ing, on top of that there is al­ways a unique, of­ten un­spo­ken, code in ev­ery work­place. Fol­low these fairly safe rules of thumb to make sure your sum­mer wardrobe doesn’t keep you from fall em­ploy­ment or the re­spect you de­serve.

1. Fol­low the grandma rule. When in doubt, look at your out­fit. If you would be em­bar­rassed wear­ing it to meet your grand­mother for lunch, then it’s prob­a­bly not right for the of­fice. Dress for your own ver­sion of suc­cess, not oth­ers, but do keep in mind the dou­ble stan­dards and in­jus­tices of per­cep­tion out there and make sure to keep your­self … cov­ered, metaphor­i­cally speak­ing (and some­times ac­tu­ally).

2. Err on the side of “not short.” If there’s a ques­tion in your mind as to whether shorts (or short skirts) are ap­pro­pri­ate for your work­place, that prob­a­bly means you haven’t seen any­one in such at­tire at the of­fice. Take that as a sign and leave your barest-leg en­sem­bles for the week­ends. In­stead, to stay cool, aim for a skirt that at least hits the knee: sum­mery and smart! (The same rules ap­ply to crop tops — save them for the week­end.)

3. Keep the shoes classy. No, you can’t wear flip flops to the of­fice. Yes, you can wear san­dals, just try to min­i­mize the amount of bare foot you show on any given day. It’s prob­a­bly best to avoid shoes with open backs, though if you must, choose slides in­stead of flops.

4. Sum­mer denim is prob­a­bly too

ca­sual. Jeans are one thing, es­pe­cially if your of­fice tends ca­sual. Times and changed, and a nice dark jean is usu­ally fine. But sum­mer denim is an­other story. If you give way to the jean sec­tion of your closet, you’ll be tempted to wear jorts and jumpers and shorts. Don’t. You can prob­a­bly get away with a denim shift dress, but any other short denim should stay at home.

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