When we’re talking about office appropriate attire, we can say with a lot of certainty that there is no one general rule, because there are too many subjective parameters. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some objective rules that we should follow to prevent feeling out of place. More conservative spheres still dictate a suit, but a few simple guidelines will suffice for the rest. Can we dress sporty, but still keep a professional look? How do we pull that off? This is No. 1 rule: mind what you wear and don’t settle for the first piece at hand. Those employed in the finance sector are dressed more formally than those in more creative environments, and that’s probably inevitable. Definitely try to avoid wearing garments meant for different occasions to work. Some people unfortunately come to work in sweat pants or yoga pants and beach slides. Certain pieces are simply meant for specific occasions.
One could say that we win some privileges without even trying. But until you set up a multibillion dollar company from the garage, don’t dare come to work in a fleece sweater or flip flops. Unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you should just get it out of your head. Okay, so we’re living in a time of perfect freedom and when I’m at work I admire slides and shorts, because it’s hot outside, but that’s as far as I can go…The fact is these fashion rules should be a part of upbringing, but it’s most often not. Much like visitors from the inner parts of the country, walking around our sea-side town’s centre in swimsuits, just because they came to the sea-side and no one can explain to them that the beachis not in the centre of the city, but only where you sunbathe and swim, and you need a T-shirt for everywhere else, okay?
You can choose beautiful and comfortable garments for these summer days, whether they’re cotton, silk or linen. Opt for high waisted shorts and a blouse; the latter is an excellent solution in general, so the more you have, the better, what’s important is that you wear them and don’t save them for that “special occasion”. You can style them with jeans and high heels, why not. As far as colors are concerned, you can get away with anything, much more thenin winter time, when we’re limited to darker and somewhat sadder colors. Still, mind that what you put on is a city-appropriate attire and not one meant for the beach: this means not too short, too transparent and too open in front. Knee-length dresses are always a good solution: you’ll often find a piece that you love, but it’s too short and you wouldn’t wear it anyway. Knee-length is perfect, because you don’t look half-naked when you’re sitting down, but still attractive and feminine.
If you’re one for safe combinations, opt for stripes or polka dots, because you can’t go wrong with them. Another good solution is white, even from head to toe; and it doesn’t have to be snow white, because all other shades of white still look just as fresh and fine.
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