Summer Style Guide: Dressing Appropriately for the Office During Hotter Months​

As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, dressing for warmer weather while maintaining a professional image can become challenging.  

Here are some practical tips to help you navigate the summer season without breaking a sweat—or the office dress code. 

Consult the employee handbook. Familiarize yourself with any specific guidelines regarding attire, such as the acceptable length of skirts or shorts, sleeveless tops, and footwear. Take note of any exceptions or relaxed dress code policies during the summer months. If you’re unsure, reach out to your HR department for clarification. 

Choose lightweight fabrics. Dressing professionally in hot weather requires a careful balance between staying cool and maintaining a polished appearance. Opt for lightweight fabrics, such as linen or cotton blends, that allow breathability. Choose clothing styles that are loose-fitting and provide adequate ventilation, such as flowy dresses, skirts, or dress pants. Consider selecting lighter colors that reflect sunlight and help keep you cooler. 

Mind the length. When choosing skirts or dresses for the summer, ensure they are an appropriate length for the workplace. Consider hemlines that fall at or slightly above the knee to maintain a professional appearance. Avoid excessively short styles that may be deemed inappropriate in a professional setting. 

Layer for comfort. It may be sweltering on your commute, but many offices crank the air conditioning. Layering can be a useful strategy to accommodate changing temperatures while still looking professional. Choose lightweight cardigans or blazers made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. These layers can easily be added or removed to adapt to varying temperatures. 

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