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Things Your Boss Does
NOT Want to See

Summer's Here: But Don't Show Too Much Skin at Work or Get Sloppy

The hazy, hot and humid days of summer are now officially upon us. This is the time of year that causes many professionals to panic -- not being sure what is acceptable to wear at work or in other business settings.

If you’re unsure how to answer the questions above, it’s time to think about your “package,” and what it may be saying about you. If your managers are upset with the choice of clothing you have on, but are hesitant to tell you, your summer outfit could, ultimately cost you a job or desired promotion.

Workplace/career expert (and executive coach) Marjorie Brody, CSP, CMC, PCC, and Pamela J. Holland, co-authors of Help! Was That a Career Limiting Move? know the do’s and don’ts of professional attire for warmer weather.

Without further ado, here is their list of "Things Your Boss Does NOT Want to See" when it comes to your appearance and clothing worn this summer:

  • Flip flops
  • T-shirts with writing on them
  • Tank tops
  • Sweat stains
  • Ball cap
  • Stinky shoes
  • Cargo shorts
  • Torn or tattered jeans
  • Chest hair
  • Braless items (no matter your chestsize)
  • Tan lines
  • Thongs
  • Sunglasses on your head
  • Loafers with no socks
  • Tattoos (on any part of the body)
  • Underwear lines
  • Low rise pants
  • Colored underwear
  • Collarless shirts
  • Athletic shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Athletic sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Backless shirts
  • Short skirts
  • Buttons/zippers undone
  • Cleavage
  • Anything that is too tight
  • See-through skirts
  • Loud, flashy patterns
  • Belly rings
  • Beachwear
  • Yoga pants
  • Patched or safety-pinned clothing

Don't miss the Advice on Business Casual and Summer Business Style from our Style and Image expert.

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