This article is part of our Don’t do that. Do this instead series.*
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”
The rest of this lyric is “Fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high”**. And no where is cotton (rayon, spandex, denim…you name it) higher than in summertime.
Before I begin, I would like to make a few things clear:
This is NOT a post about: how you dress for a picnic or a night out.
This IS a post about: our work lives and the perception of professionalism.
Strip down to the ‘bare’ essentials: DON’T DO THAT
When the temperatures and humidity start to soar the temptation to rid ourselves of all (or almost all) our clothes is understandable. The mere idea of being constrained in long sleeves, closed shoes or trousers is enough to make us hot and bothered. However tempting it is to don your shorts and flip-flops and head to the office, don’t.
DO THIS INSTEAD: Find a balance
I know it can be tricky to find a balance between keeping cool and looking professional but trust me, it’s worth it.