What NOT To Wear To The Office This Summer

Don't make these mistakes.

There are tech startups that allow employees to come to the office in pajamas and do their work while sitting in massage chairs and drinking from a complimentary keg. But most other employers -- including virtually most of the Fortune 500 -- are fighting this attitude, especially when it comes to work wear.

As soon as Generation Y began to enter the workplace, the old guard gritted its teeth. A senior partner at one law firm wasn't quite sure how to reply, when a summer hire texted: "Are bras required as part of the dress code?"

A Tennessee judge was even moved to write a memo earlier this month reminding female attorneys to dress court-appropriate.

And this isn't just happening in the states. Prestigious companies in Australia came under fire last year for holding what-to-wear workshops for their young, female employees. Many of these youthful high-achievers didn't enjoy being told to wear skirts instead of pants, and how best to apply eye shadow. "I think it's a little degrading and women usually know what to do," said one young lawyer.

These tensions will only rise as this part of the planet heats up over the coming months, and sleeves and hemlines shorten. So as you pick out your summer office wardrobe, here are 10 clothing styles to probably avoid. If you're reading this while at work, however, and you're sitting in a massage chair drinking from a complimentary keg, feel free to ignore this advice.





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thebrucholac

eventually, the whole professional appearance myth is going to go the way of the dodo. long as personal hygene is followed, you're wearing clothes, and they aren't plastered with curse words, who cares what your wearing?

June 17 2012 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alismar1

Work attire should be professional. Men don't necessarily have to wear ties unless the job requires it but a tie does look good with a button down shirt. I like a man's shoes shined too and his pants NOT wrinkled. On a woman I don't think cleavage is appropriate at work. Alot of clothes seem to be made now with low cut v-fronts for whatever reason...BUT...there are things to wear underneath that covers up deep cleavage. Flip flops are a NOT for anyone, even on casual days (IMO). Short skirts NO and after that I think everyone with common sense knows what isn't work attire.

June 10 2012 at 11:03 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
TessS

DUH!!! No brainer...

June 10 2012 at 10:00 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

yup, I agree with most of these for office wear

June 10 2012 at 9:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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