As the weather heats up in Phoenix offices, people tend to want to wear less and less. However, sometimes it can be hard to find that balance between dressing for the rising temperatures and dressing appropriately in the workplace. When selecting work attire, it is important to remember that people’s perception of you matters in the professional world. The way you dress should convey that you take your job seriously but should also reflect your personality. It can be tricky around a Phoenix office space to find the balance between the two especially with the hot summer season. Here are our tips on how to dress professionally and keep the office fashion police away!
• How much skin is too much skin?
In Phoenix offices, showing a little more skin tends to be acceptable because of the particularly hot summer months. But how much skin is too much? For gentlemen, a short-sleeved polo is a cooler alternative to a long-sleeved button-down. For ladies, a sleeveless blouse with a light cardigan is far more summer-friendly than a suit blazer. However, ask yourself where to draw the line depending on whether your office allows business casual dress. West Coast office attire tends to be much more casual than the East Coast, but there are a few items that should not be acceptable in the office regardless of the temps. For example, gym clothes should not be worn in the workplace along with men’s tank tops or sleeveless athletic jerseys. Cutoff shorts, mini skirts and strapless shirts for women are also a no-no. Just think…if you don’t want your boss to see you wearing it or you would wear it to the gym or beach, it is probably safe to say, do not wear it to the office!
• Ill-fitting is not flattering
The fit of your clothes is just as important as any other component of your work outfit. Clothes that are ill-fitting tend to look sloppy, and the people who are wearing them are hard to take seriously. Buttons on a work shirt should lie flat, and not bunch together or gape open. Slacks and trousers should be hemmed to hit just below the ankle. In addition, a lady’s skirt should be no shorter than the length of her fingertips. It is easy to buy clothes that are your desired size, but it is better to buy clothes that are your correct size and complement your body well.
• What’s everyone else doing?
If employees around your office are unsure of how to dress, they will look to each other for fashion advice. Make sure you set a good example of work attire and always dress the way you expect your managers or coworkers to dress. Hopefully, they will take cues from you. On days where a big client is coming in or you are leading a company meeting, dress to impress. If it’s just another ho-hum day of office life, be more casual but appropriate when picking your outfit. You can set the bar wherever you like as far as office attire goes. If you lead, your employees will be sure to follow.
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Written by: Scott Kaufmann