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Calm, Cool and Covered

By: Ami Williams, Editor
By: Ami Williams, Editor

I don’t know about you, but lately I have seen more than enough skin in public. Go to the mall, the park, and even church and you see women of all shapes, sizes and ages in clothes that barely cover their “assets.” It begs the question: When did it become acceptable to wear lingerie in public?

There’s no doubt the style is trendy, but is it acceptable in all settings? Fashion experts agree that too much skin is not in when you’re at the office. Not only does it cause distractions for others, it’s probably giving off the wrong signal.

It sounds old-fashioned and anti-women’s lib, but if you want to project the kind of professional image that’s needed to gain respect and move up in the business world, you need to dress the part. That doesn’t mean you have to dress like a man—you can look feminine without being too flirty.

In the warm weather when it’s especially tempting to wear skimpy clothing to keep cool, follow these guidelines to create a successful summer style at work.


Avoid: shorts, any form-fitting pants, cropped pants and jeans (unless approved by employer)

Instead: choose full-length slacks in cool fabrics like cotton and linen


Avoid: mini-skirts, skorts, sundresses, and dresses with spaghetti straps

Instead: choose not-too-tight, modest dresses or skirts in a comfortable, professional length (no higher than four inches above the knee)


Avoid: sleeveless shirts, halter tops and T-shirts

Instead: choose a stylish blouse or lightweight layers like sweater sets or a jacket over a summer top


Avoid: flip-flops, casual sandals and athletic shoes

Instead: choose shoes with a closed toe for the most professional look

All offices have different dress codes so make adjustments where needed. However, in general, stay away from any clothing that is overly revealing. There are places and occasions for such attire—but the office isn’t one of them.


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