With the temperatures rising and sun shining, it’s time to ditch those layers and break out that summer wardrobe. While the summer provides us endless opportunities in the attire realm, it is sometimes difficult to gage what belongs in the workplace as opposed to what to wear on the weekend. Check out below to see what not to wear this season to work.
Shorts - This fashion statement is almost always a no-no in professional workplace. But if you work in an environment that does allow for shorts, make sure they are an appropriate length.
Tank tops and spaghetti straps - If you are going to wear these to the office make sure you cover up with a light sweater or jacket; otherwise these items worn alone are not suitable for the workplace.
Flip flops - Leave these for the beach, pool or running around town. Flip flops are too casual for the workplace. Instead, a low-heeled or semi-casual sandal is a good replacement to our favorite summer footwear and office appropriate.
Beachwear - It is never a good idea to wear those bikini tops, bare midriffs, or jean cut-offs at the office. Beachwear, plain and simple is not for the office.
Message T-shirts - Check with your company/office culture first before diving in and rocking your favorite tee. While in some office cultures this is acceptable, for many work environments wearing a message tee just would not be fine. Instead, try wearing a plain or pattern t-shirt and get creative with your accessories, to add individuality and style.
Anything see-through or transparent - If undergarments are clearly visible then it shouldn't be worn to the office. This season, white has become the standout summer trend, so look in the mirror and in different light, just to make sure it is not see-through.
Overall, as a good rule of thumb clothes should always be clean and pressed. If you are still trying to navigate the world of summer office attire, try dresses and skirts (appropriate lengths), tasteful sandals, open-toe heels or wedges, short sleeve shirts (not too sheer) and light airy pants.