by Matt Alderton | June 05, 2018
Summer has finally arrived. Unfortunately, unless you're a teacher who gets the season off, you still have to show up to work every day to do your job. And although it's warm and sunny outside, you still have to dress the part, too, according to Monster staffer Lily Martis.
"Summer outfits for the office can be tricky to put together," she says. "As the temperature rises, you might be sorely tempted to ditch the collared shirts and loafers for T-shirts and flip-flops. But experts say that no matter how hot it gets, summer is not the time to take a vacation on professionalism."

To find out what is and isn't appropriate, Martis interviewed four fashion and etiquette experts, each of which agreed: What you wear reflects on your professional image -- 12 months a year.

That said, every wardrobe choice should start with your company's employee handbook. "First things first: You should check to see what your company's dress code policy is on summer office attire," Martis says. "Are you allowed to wear shorts or open-toed shoes? If your company handbook doesn't give specific dress code instructions, ask your manager what's appropriate."

Whatever your company's policies are, it's best to err on the conservative side. For men, that means pants. For women, it could be not only pants, but capris, culottes, and jumpsuits.

"But no rompers," explains Matis, who says "sleeveless tops and dresses are stylish and practical options for women in the summer" as long as they're not "off-the-shoulder, one-sleeved, or with spaghetti straps or a halter top."

"Hemlines should typically go no higher than your fingertips when your arms are laying flat on your sides," continues Matis, who says "T-shirts and polos are acceptable" for men in creative fields, although guys in finance and more conservative fields should opt for "long-sleeved button-downs and suits" made of breathable cotton or linen.

Finally, there's footwear. "Flip-flopping around the office is generally frowned upon," concludes Matis, who says open-toed sandals are a no-no for women and men alike.

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