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Dress for Summer Success

By Nancy R. Mitchell, The Etiquette Advocate

Here come the dog days of summer, and you're stuck on the job. Your manager is off to Martha's Vineyard, and you're left minding the store. Now's the time to kick back and dress down......or is it? Don't let your summer wardrobe land you in the doghouse.

As we enter the summer home stretch, it's tempting to extend that casual Friday image to five days a week, but fight the urges of your inner beachcomber.  Dress like a professional all day, every day, because people treat you differently when you dress down.  Not only is there the possibility that others won't view you as a focused and serious professional, but business relationships can become far too casual when you show up for work dressed like you stopped in on the way to a cookout.

And, from a client's perspective, the same kind of professional image, service and product is expected twelve months of the year.  Because they're not getting a summer sale price, they expect full service, even in the middle of August.

If it's on this list, take it off your list of things that you reach for when dressing for work in the summer:

  • Tank tops
  • Halter tops
  • Inappropriate T-shirts ("Fill Up to Here with Beer")
  • Cargo shorts or short shorts
  • Mini skirts
  • Flip flops and Crocs

A professional image is not seasonal, so choose your summer business attire carefully.

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