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What Is Your Company's Dress Code for the Summer?

Summer is approaching. To many people, now is the time to clean up the wardrobe and shop for the new season. A kind reminder is that people need to consider their company’s dress code when adding new items to the closet.

It is true that many companies allow employees to dress more “casual” at work these days; people also have different definitions for “business casual” attire. The problem is that more employees “cross their lines,” as suggested by the Society for Human Resource Management. Accordingly, this CNN News video provides some suggestions:

For Men
(To wear) Polo shirts
Belts that match shoes
Pants that are the proper length
Socks that hit middle of calf

For Women
No cleavage
Clothing should not be too tight
Shirts should be no shorter than 2 inches above knee

Definitely no flig flog for anyone. Do you notice that your coworkers would dress differently in the summer? What is your company’s dress code for the summer? Do you shop more or less according to your company’s dress code? If you find your coworkers dress inappropriately, what would you do?

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The picture provides some examples of business casual look, which was downloaded from UC Davis’ website via:


  1. During the summer everyone dresses differently than they would in the winter for work and no one wants to be hot and uncomfortable for a long day of work on those 85 degree days. I agree with Glickman that employees should be aware of their companies dress code and then shop accordingly. These days, as mentioned, people have a different take on business casual and I think this is where the issue may occur with employees and HR because they both have a different perception of business casual. I've seen a variety of people's take on business casual and there all different especially during the summer. Some employees are allowed to use dress shorts, sleeveless shirts, and dresses that wouldn't quite be considered business casual to older generations. I most certainly ask my boss what the dress code at the interview or prior to my first day of work so that there is no confusion between us on my attire. Although not mentioned, I do believe that some companies are very broad with their description of what their dress code is but then when employees come in with an outfit that was appropriate by their description is then not good enough. If companies are going to be strict with their dress codes they need to fully address it and be specific as to what is not allowed to wear since the perception of business or business casual attire seems to be changing.

  2. Yee Nga Alisha PangApril 28, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Since it is summer, it makes sense that employees will want to wear less to work. As the weather goes up, the less people will want to wear because of the heat. I think company dress code differs from each company. For example, I had a friend that worked in a PR firm last summer, and she could wear whatever she wants (shorts, jeans, anything...) unless they are going out for an event. Then, they had to wear either black dress and black shoes. For my opinion, if the company is really strict about dress code, an alternative way is to bring business clothes to work and change there. If employees dress inappropriately to work, they should get a warning first, and if they keep doing that, then maybe there will be more serious consequences. I agreed the statement that flip flop shouldn't be worn at work because feet are not suppose to be shown and also breasts and butts. In my high school, there is a policy that we can't show the 3Bs (breasts, belly, and butts). However, I think the world is changing now and companies are more and more lenient about their dress codes.

    -HPM314 Yee Nga Alisha Pang

  3. We still need our employees to project a professional image for our customers, potential employees, and community visitors. Business casual dress is the standard for this dress code.
    Because all casual clothing is not suitable for the office, these guidelines will help you determine what is appropriate to wear to work. Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs, exercise sessions, and sports contests may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work.
    This is a general overview of appropriate business casual attire. Items that are not appropriate for the office are listed, too. Neither list is all-inclusive and both are open to change. The lists tell you what is generally acceptable as business casual attire and what is generally not acceptable as business casual attire.
    if i see some cowork can not wear a suitable cloth in the company i will call him to correct his dress. Thanks, That's it!----HPM 321 YIBING XIA

  4. Since summer is coming people's dress code seems lighter than usual. Dress code is big part of atmosphere of company and it determines people's behavior. I saw one new that one customer kicked out from air plane because her flashily outfitters and she sued that airlines. Casual outfit make people more comfortable and act freely. However some outfit make people feel more uncomfortable or embarrass. Appropriate dress code inspires people's emotion and positive behaviors. Recently many companies recommend their worker not to wear neckties. Because neckties make people's temperature up and it blows turn on more air conditioner. To save energy they wears casual and comfortable outfits. And i agree with that wears casual outfits unless worker wears inappropriate outfits and if they keep company's dress code guideline in their mind.
    --------HPM 314 Young Ju Choi

  5. In the summer, people tend to wear a lot more colors and shorter sleeves than in the winter. It seems to be easier for women to "cross the line" in terms of what thy wear for work because the guidelines are not as rigid.Someone can go from looking too uptight to looking like they are going for the "slutty secretary" style in a matter of a button or hem. Recently an article came out on yahoo! News that said that women were judged more harshly if they're outfits were not appropriate for an interview. When you dress for work it is always better to air on the more conservative side. It may not always be the most trendy or most comfortable but at least it is appropriate.
    Megan K Wu

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