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After a long and dreaded winter, the sun is a welcome arrival and with it comes office attire faux pas by some employees. Who does not like wearing shorts, sunglasses and flip-flops in the summer? Of course we all do. While some companies have formal written policies, some simply rely on the employee common sense to understand their work environment. That said, some industries have unspoken rules and its incumbent on the employees to understand their work environment. And if going for job interview, it’s always a good idea to ask the interviewer about the company’s dress code policy in advance.

In no particular order, here is a list of well published don’ts for office attire. This list may also applies to candidates going on job interviews:

  • Crop tops
  • Overalls
  • Tank tops or sleeveless shirts
  • Halter tops
  • Flip-flops
  • Overly revealing attire
  • Jogging suits
  • Birkenstocks
  • Shorts or Capri pants
  • Crocks
  • Hawaiian shirt

There are a myriad of industries some of which include; technology and advertising where the wearing of jeans and even Hawaiian shirts might be allowed. However, regardless of the industry, it would be wise to simply ask the HR department of your about their dress code policy so, you can dress in accordance with the policy. Employers also have a responsibility to keep up with the times since today’s workforce is different from the ones back in the 80’s for example. The recent case of employees wearing tattoos at their workplace created a media firestorm of epic proportions for both parties.

It’s Summertime, But Does That Mean You Should Introduce Your Colleagues To Your Flip-Flops?