You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure. - Zig Ziglar
Everyone has heard the old adage, ‘dress for the job you want, not for the job you have’. Sometimes, during the summer months, it’s difficult not to show up to the office dressed like a lifeguard when the temperature is creeping up into the 30s and the air conditioning is broken. As we tend to lose layers and socks when the weather gets warmer, it’s important not to lose sight of what is work appropriate in terms of dress code in the workplace. While we may think that a sleeveless top is necessary to keep us from melting into puddles, it may be sending out the wrong message to employees and clients/customers alike.
While it may seem unfair that a t-shirt or skirts with a short hemline may cause people to take you less seriously, the fact is that it’s a reality. Warm weather does not equate to lax dress codes. Depending on the type of environment you work in, it’s important to maintain the general level of professionalism that is expected year round. Of course, no one is expected to be fully covered from head to toe twelve months out of the year, however, certain garments and accessories are better suited for a beach than an office environment and it’s important to note this distinction.
Some of the most common mistakes when it comes to the summer months include mini skirts, revealing blouses, spaghetti straps/halter tops bare legs, untucked shirts, casual blazers and the nemesis to all office workplaces - flip flops. It may seem natural to wear the above in scorching weather but it’s important to remind yourself that while at work, you are presenting an image to both your co-workers and employers. Like it or not, this image is affected based on the clothing you wear, so that means, leave the flip flops at home.
One rule of thumb is to always maintain professionalism. If you have to ask yourself if something is appropriate for the workplace, chances are it isn’t. Avoid items of clothing that reveal too much skin or are too casual. Always remember that the way you present yourself sends a message to those around you. If you want to send a message of success, make sure your clothing fits the part!
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