As I mentioned in my last post, it’s that funny time of year – when the weather beckons you to go strapless and sockless and otherwise wear less, but convention dictates some degree of modesty. With this in mind, I thought I would send along a few (highly personal– I recognize that) guidelines:
Shorts are a Slippery Slope: Frankly, I am not a fan of sporting shorts—even on casual Fridays. Why? Well, unless (and even if) they are beautifully cut, they’re a difficult garment to wear as too often they catch the wearer in a funny spot, leaving either far too much– or way too little– to the imagination.
The Linen Lowdown: Linen pants are a delightful option for either sex. Should you choose them, my request is that darker shades be worn, as you don’t want to look like you’re hosting a garden party in your office. If they are lighter in color, please be sure they are lined. Enough said. Finally, while linen will always wrinkle easily, your trousers should not look like you found them balled up on the floor of your closet, shook them out and put them on.
Don’t Get Strap-Happy: While I know warmer weather is an invitation to peel down, do be mindful of exposing bra straps to those around you. Underwear as outerwear went out in the 80’s—and dingy bra straps have never been in style.
Be Supportive: That said do plan on sporting the proper support. Even if your sundress is darling, if you can’t find a way to wear it without giving co-workers an eyeful then it needs to remain poolside.
Flip Flops, Crocs, n’ Whatnot = No. That’s it. No. I don’t care if your flip -flops have jewels or logos or are platforms they are not office wear. No one wants to hear you flipping and flopping down the hall. No one wants to see the dirty soles of your feet. I With regard to Crocs—when did we become a culture that wears shoes in primary colors that can be hosed off??? Things in your office may be blooming, but it’s still not a garden. Just…no.
A Final Note on Casual Fridays: If you work in an office that has casual Fridays but the C-level staff does not dress down, my recommendation is that you don’t either. It’s an easy way to send a signal you’re ready to join them.
Frances Cole Jones