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How to Dress at Work if the Sun is Shining

17453715_mIt doesn’t happen very often but when it does, it’s glorious! We’re talking about the British sunshine of course and it has been out in full force this week.

The weather has really started to heat up, with some parts of the country experiencing 25 degrees or more! It’s now well and truly t-shirt and flip-flop weather. But during a heat wave it can be difficult to know what to wear to the office. Most companies operate a dress code so how do you know what is within its limits? It’s crucial you don’t go against company policy, especially if you’re aiming for career progression. We’ve put together a clothing check list below to help you get your office wardrobe perfect for the summer!

  • Don’t go overboard. The sun can come out quickly in the UK but it can disappear just as quickly. You don’t want to be left at work wearing minimal clothing if the weather turns so make sure you’re prepared.
  • Ask your boss if you are unsure. This is the easiest way to know what you can and can’t wear. If not, check your original employment contract which should give you some guidelines.
  • Don’t show too much flesh. If a client visits your office and sees lots of casual wear they are likely to gain the wrong impression of the organisation. Whatever you wear ensure it stays professional.
  • Think of your wardrobe like you do your CV. It’s the first thing many people at work see and it can leave a lasting impression so ensure you change your outfits regularly.
  • Wear neutral colours. It might be tempting to wear bold colours and bold patterns in the hot weather but remember you are in the office!
  • Try to avoid flip-flops or beach footwear. Most companies will frown upon these because of health and safety. If you do want to wear them, ensure you have a spare pair of office shoes in your bag.