Balancing the scorching summer heat and frigid air-conditioned offices makes dressing appropriately for summer quite the challenge. Stress no more, as Bottomless Closet NYC is here to offer tips on maintaining a professional image for the workplace (while staying cool!). After all, the local non-profit organization provides disadvantaged women with business professional clothing, career skills and image coaching, and has been helping women get fashioned to get back into the workforce for over ten years.
The Bottomless Closet “Fashion Force”, a group of dedicated volunteers with a fashion based background, offers do’s and don’ts for acing summer office attire:
- Show off with color, not skin! Embrace summer by choosing bold pieces, such as a floral print skirt or a bright-colored belt.
- Dress in layers. Keep a lightweight blazer or cardigan handy to throw on in case your office blasts the air-conditioning.
- Give your skinny jeans a rest. Wear pants that sport a wider cuff, such as flared dark jeans or long trousers.
- Choose loose-fitting dresses that you can breathe in. Make sure they’re long enough to bend over comfortably.
- Save revealing clothing such as tube tops or strapless dresses for the beach!
- Keep your nails professional too! Wear a neutral color like ballet slippers when getting your manicure and pedicure.
- Wear white pants! But be sure to wear nude undergarments.
- Flip-flops are best for the pool, not for work. Instead, find comfort in gladiator sandals or wedges.
- Nix the Daisy Dukes. Try a pair of work-friendly shorts that are longer and fitted.
- Steer clear from sheer clothing. Do not wear linen or chiffon fabrics without appropriate undergarments.
- Don’t be afraid to wear clothing that will keep you cool in the summer. But make sure that bra straps are not visible under strappy tanks or dresses.
- Don’t be too flashy with your accessories. Stick to simple and traditional pieces such as pearls or stud earrings.
When taking these tips into consideration, keep in mind that every work environment has individualized dress codes or cultures that dictate what is/is not appropriate. When in doubt, it is better to be safe than sorry and take the conservative route.