Making The Cut

By Scott and Jennifer Fontana

Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Appropriate Summer Work Attire

It’s that time of year again when the atmosphere in the workplace seems a little more laid back. As the temperatures rise, you may be tempted to throw on your new flip flops instead of the usual work shoes.  In Southern California, seasonal differences in workplace attire don’t significantly change as they would in other parts of the country, which can mean that the lack of a dress code during the summer months can have some employees showing up to work as if they just came back from a vacation. This impression is one that can be avoided by setting some ground rules for the dress code expectations during warm months.

Below are a few tips on how to dress to impress during warm summer months.

Know your workplace: Every business has a dress code that fits the look of that company and holds team members accountable and looking professional. At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, our dress code is very important to the atmosphere of the salon and impression we want to give our clients. We allow our team to put their own creativity into their work attire as long as they stay looking respectful and put together. Some workplaces will allow employees to wear more business-casual looks during the summer months as long as it still represents the business in the right light.  However, rules on attire, especially in the summertime, can be tricky so it is smart to remember that if you are questioning whether clothing is inappropriate for the office, it most likely is and should be saved for the weekend.

Create reasonable guidelines: Men and women can both be culprits of questionable summer work attire, so it’s important to create clear guidelines for your employees. For example, men should continue to wear nice shoes and stay away from shorts, while women should avoid wearing thin straps or anything shear. If your business is able to be a bit more lenient and allow women to wear tank tops, suggest they keep a light sweater or blazer handy for impromptu meetings or guests. Another idea, if your business allows, is to initiate ‘casual Friday’s’ so your team has a day to dress down a bit. Creating reasonable rules for the warm summer months will help keep your team’s moral up and business on track.

Remember the bottom line: Remember that your career should always be more important than then what you are or are not allowed to wear to the office. Enjoy your new shorts or sandals on the weekend and remember that come Monday, your duty is to make a positive impression and present a professional image.

How do you find the balance between warm weather and appropriate work attire?

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