So far, summer 2014 has been more we had hoped for on the weather front - but this can be a challenge for your work wardrobe. Sartorial etiquette varies between companies but regardless of what you do and at what level, your appearance is sending messages out to your colleagues, your peers and your bosses.

Follow these tips to make sure you keep cool whilst looking the business at work:
Fabric
  • Make sure that your garments are mostly made of natural fibres. Cotton is by far the best. 
  • Don't skimp on the quality of blouses and shirts.
  • For suits or jackets, a light wool or jersey works well because it is cooler but also keeps its shape all day.  
Fit
  • Don't be tempted to skimp on material, a badly fitting garment on women or men will not only crease more in the heat but can also be very distracting. By choosing the best quality, you will avoid gaping blouses, bursting skirts and straining jackets.
  • Equally, clothes that are too baggy will look unkempt. 
  • Do choose clothes that are a looser, comfortable fit that flatter your shape. 

To Bare or Not to Bare
  • Less garment means more flesh on show, so, think about that strappy top; is it going to lose you credibility in your office? Cotton blouses or smart tops with a cap or a three quarter length sleeve are a safer option.
  • Cleavage and midriff should never be on show and just above the knee is about as high as you should go for a skirt length.
  • As a general rule, tights are more appropriate than bare legs, but it depends where you work.

Neutrals & Seasonal Colours
Neutrals
Your staple items such as suits and separates should be in neutral shades such as navy, grey etc. Do try to go lighter in the summer and opt for medium to light grey, pewter and light navy shades.

Colours
Bring more colour into your working wardrobe in summer for a feel-good boost. Do consider what looks good on you and how much colour you can get away with in your work place. If in doubt, choose colours that are the least threatening; blues are 'safe' shades and green is a calming colour. Just make sure you pick the right shade for you and don't forget that you still need to present a professional image of yourself.  
The White Shirt
White is always more popular in summer and the white work shirt is a great staple. Do make sure it is white and not yellow or grey! Washed out whites will let down your look.  

Keeping up with Fashion
How much you like to bring fashion into your work wardrobe will depend on your personality, but making it a bit more current can give you a little confidence boost. Just a new colour or accessory or mixing and matching pieces you already have in a current way can make a difference.  

Don't Forget...
If you are opting for open-toed or slingback shoe then make sure that your feet are well-presented. Flip flops are most definitely a no-no.
 


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