Even if your company doesn't have a dress code, you know you can't get away with wearing what you'd really like to wear to work during the hot summer months. (Example: bathing suit, flip-flops, permanent look of longing for vacation.) Here's how to look professional, without feeling like you just stepped out of a sauna.
When we talk about dress codes in the office, the focus is often on women. Whether this is because women's fashion offers more variety, or because our culture places more taboos on their dress, is up for discussion. But men should also strive to make a good impression at the office. Below the cut, you'll find a few examples of what not to do.
In the olden days (pre-internet, and before the advent of jeans that cost about as much as dinner) people dressed up for work. Nowadays, we have a lot more freedom to choose what we wear. But for many of us, when it comes to dressing for work, too much choice is not necessarily a good thing.
Today's office is a pretty casual place. Nylons are nearly extinct in most industries, and wearing a necktie is a good way to announce, "I have a court date." One thing that hasn't caught on: sweatpants at work. But a new company is hoping to change all that, by introducing a yoga pant ... for work.
When it comes to dressing for success, following corporate dress code might be less important than paying attention to what the boss wears, and mimicking it -- just enough.