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Summer is coming, which means getting dressed for sweltering temperatures outside and freezing conference rooms inside. We all know that you need a cardigan for the office, but how else can you make your summer clothes work-appropriate? You can start by not making these five mistakes.
Tank tops are weekend wear. A sleeveless blouse is fine for the office; the tailored shape of a blouse raises it from casual wear to work attire. Opt for a blouse with a little pizzazz, like the one pictured above.
Save shorts for after work. Unless you’re a PE teacher, shorts are not appropriate for work — not even so-called “dressy” shorts. Opt for a skirt instead.
Keep your hemline professional. When I say “opt for a skirt,” I mean a skirt that is appropriate for work. Miniskirts are super fun for summer, but not for the office. Keep your hemline close to your knee; wear a slip with very thin, unlined skirts.
Keep your feet covered. A peep toe or slingback is fine for work, but a flat, strappy sandal is too casual for work; likewise flat espadrilles. A wedge espadrille is one good option; another is a chunky sandal that covers up your foot, like the one pictured above.
No strapless for the office. Make a strapless or spaghetti strap dress office-appropriate by layering a cardi or jacket over it — but don’t go bare at work. And for the love of all that is holy and professional, wear a bra, all the time. I’m begging you.
What are your warm weather work DON’Ts?