WOMEN in BUSINESS - June 2010 - (Page 38)

ST Yle professionally cool for sUMMer Leave the heavy breathing to your fabrics, not your co-workers. wriT Ten bY MAuReen SulliVAn dress Many offices allow open-toe sandals but flip-flops in general are frowned upon. In general, if you’d wear it to a picnic, don’t wear it to work. with summer and its high temperatures upon us, it’s tempting to want to cover up less, but don’t fall prey to the temptation. There are other ways to keep your cool— both in degrees and in office standing— when dressing for the office in June, July, and August. The following are a few suggestions for how to strike that balance.   The Golden Rule(s) experts agree that generally, when at work, you should be basically covered, with about an inch or two leeway, from just beneath your collarbone to just above the knee. This depends on your industry, of course, as well as your particular job and office culture. if you’re in a more traditional field of law or investment banking, for example, you might need to stick to suits and pantyhose. if you’ve got a job where you almost never have contact with clients or meetings with the Ceo, you might be able to get away with a more relaxed wardrobe. in general, however, if you’d bare it at a night club—an open back, a bare midriff, a plunging neckline—don’t bring it to the office. even if you’re at the most progressive publishing house where dressing to be hip is prized, dressing to go clubbing isn’t. Fabrics are Your Friend Paramount to your comfort in the summer months is your choice of fabric. You know you have to be appropriately covered up, so you’ll have to go for fabrics that will breathe. Linen, cotton, silk, wool that’s summer weight, and cotton blends are all good choices. A word of caution: some lightweight materials skew toward the sheer side. Try it on in front of good light and make sure it’s not see-through.  38 w o m e n i n b us i n e s s J u n e 2 010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of WOMEN in BUSINESS - June 2010

WOMEN in BUSINESS - June 2010
Table of Contents
ABWA Member Benefits
Letter from ABWA National
The Workplace Generation Gap
Business Forecast: Stormy and Successful
Food
2010 National Women's Leadership Conference
Travel
ABWA News
SBMEF Update
Welcome to Babesland
Personal Portfolio
Style
Health

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