How to Dress For the Office In the Heat

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When it comes to selecting summer wear for the office, it pays to do so cautiously. Workplaces have different rules regarding how employees should dress and  it’s up to the human resources staff to educate employees about what’s suitable.

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I think employers should set a dress code for the summertime because it’s hot out and people want to wear clothing that’s more comfortable in the hot weather, but it may not be appropriate in the workplace.

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If it smells, if it’s torn, if you’ve slept in it, or if it looks like you slept in it, you shouldn’t wear it to the office. Warmer weather is not a license to throw dress decorum out the window. Your clothes should always be cleaned and pressed. If you don’t want the clients to see you in it, then you shouldn’t wear it.

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Shorts. Unless you’re working as a camp counselor or manning the front desk at a sports-apparel store, shorts are almost always a no-go in professional office environments. But if you do opt for shorts, make sure they are an appropriate length. Anything that’s more than an inch or two above the knee is probably too short.

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Flip flops. Low-heeled, semi-casual sandals are probably OK to wear to your office job, but flip flops are too casual. No flip flops, regardless of where you work.

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