I announced in yesterday’s post that I was featured in People StyleWatch magazine this month with my tips on what to wear to work this summer! But, since I have a lot more advice that wasn’t featured, I will be sharing it with you here today on the blog instead! Lucky you!
Work Clothes: What To Wear To Work This Summer
What is an outfit idea for professional work environments? How bare is too bare in the summer time for your arms, stomach, and legs?
No tank tops…I recommend only wearing light blouses under a blazer or suit jacket. Always be ready to take off your jacket in case you are hot but always have a professional looking shirt underneath your suit jacket. Nothing is worse than being hot but not being able to take off your jacket because your shirt isn’t appropriate underneath for your conservative office!
You have to take yourself seriously because you want to be known for your brains, not for having the shortest skirt or most cleavage in the office. Showing skin is NOT how you will get ahead, trust me. I have always had trouble finding lightweight shirts for under a suit jackets for the summer but there are so many cute options out these days!
Never ever show stomach in any work environment unless you are a lifeguard. In a conservative environment, always wear closed toed shoes even in the summer. Dresses are definitely allowed, just add a sweater or cardigan over the dress. Always wear closed toed shoes to make it more professional looking for a conservative work environment. If you wear a dress or skirt, make sure it isn’t too short. Your skirt should fall close to the knee and not above your knee in the office.
But, you do have a unique personal style and even if you are in a conservative work environment, you can definitely still let your personality out! Try a scarf, jewelry, a watch, small earrings, or a bracelet or a belt to personalize your outfit. Even if you have to work in a conservative work environment, you don’t have to look drab, frumpy and boring or like everyone else that you may work with.
Be professional with class and definitely a little bit of personality and don’t be afraid to add a little color to your wardrobe. If you have a closet full of black, branch out and buy some greens, yellows, pinks, and oranges for the summer. You can create a lot of outfits with just a few great staples. Never wear spaghetti straps without a blazer or cardigan over. And no skinny pants! Also, suits can be the easiest things to put on in the morning!
Never wear spaghetti straps without a blazer or cardigan over. And no skinny pants! Also, suits can be the easiest things to put on in the morning.
What is an outfit idea for creative work environments?
Even in a creative field, a strapless dress is too informal without a cardigan over it; keep it for a weekend beach day. Blazers rock! With a blazer, you will immediately grab attention and look more professional. But in a creative field, you can dress up blazers into really fun and colorful outfits and still look very professional. You do have more options in a creative field but be careful that you don’t get too loose and not care.
They key really is to look at the position in your company that you really want someday (or in another company) and find that person that has that job and is successful at it and highly respected. Dress like she does. Use Pinterest or Polyvore and find your own personal style of pieces or celebrities that dress how you love and use them as your model. Look through magazines (like this one) and find what you like and don’t like and create a file or binder of all the looks you love. Use that as inspiration before you head to the mall or shop online!
Don’t dress for the position you have, dress for the position that you want someday. You never know who might be watching you or whom you might run into on the elevator. Always always look professional, even on Casual Friday. I find that some days I have to give important presentations on the spot or go to meetings that weren’t planned, that is why I always keep a blazer in my office and wear outfits everyday that would be acceptable with the boss.
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