Summer Makes “Business Casual” Tricky

Holiday_beach_2 While it is great to see warmer, or at least more variable weather here in the UK, dressing for the office in summertime can be a minefield – especially when you throw in the term "business casual". This is particularly difficult for women, but not an area that should be ignored in order to maintain a professional image.  Warmer weather does not mean you can dress like you are on holiday. The issue that particularly vexes me is summer shoes – open-toed or not? I do wear open-toed sandals with a slight heel for work  – but it depends where I am working. If I am in the city and at a corporate client, then closed toe or sling backs are the order of the day. However, if I am working with a more informal employer or meeting private clients then I will wear open-toed shoes. I do think if you are going to wear open toed shoes, in or out of the office, then a pedicure is a basic - an act of public kindness! Summer shorts, if tailored and knee length are do-able, though stick with skirts like I do if you don’t have the legs for them as they are not the easiest of looks to pull off! A dd a cardigan or tailored short sleeve jacket to an otherwise sleeve or strapless dress to make it office appropriate – and practical as most offices are over air-conditioned. Your co-workers should be talking about your last report, not your tan lines.  As Coco Chanel once said "Dress shabbily, they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman".

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