Save Your Flip-Flops for the Beach

There’s nothing I love better than a relaxing day at the pool or the beach, but I would never consider wearing a business suit to either one, would you?

So it came as a bit of a surprise to me when I saw the attire worn by close to half the women in attendance at a business conference and networking event I attended a few weeks ago. Skin-tight micro skirts and 3″ heels; lightweight, low-cut dresses down to the floor with flip-flops; shorts and t-shirts.

Yes, it’s hot outside; we want to be comfortable and stylish – and, it’s good personal policy to remember that you are always on stage, even when you are a spectator at a business conference.

People are watching, and they will make decisions in a nanosecond about working with you (or not) based on how you present yourself.

Be impeccable with your presence.

Here are a few tips to help you coordinate your summer business attire:

Buy light-colored suit separates; a lightweight blazer or summer cardigan can “business up” a summer dress or sleeveless dress shirt when you have to attend a meeting.

Dresses and skirts should fall close to your knees when you stand. Anything shorter is inappropriate.

Remember that it is unprofessional to show too much skin, so avoid sheer garments, unless you are wearing cover-up undergarments of the same color.

Avoid plunging necklines.

Wear dressy sandals or open-toed heels or flats. Flips-flops are never appropriate for a business setting – not even the designer brands.

A high-end brand worn inappropriately is less acceptable than a fit-you-well, classic piece from a thrift shop.

When in doubt, it is better to overdress than underdress.

Wishing you a fun and fashionable summer!


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