Four Summer Dress Code Reminders From Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute

Sure, Independence Day has come and gone which means summer is in full swing. Hence, this friendly reminder about summer dress codes in the office.

As temps heat up, it may be tempting to go the flip flop route at the office and go more casual with the wardrobe in general. Sure, it can be done but keep in mind tactfulness is key!

We caught up with Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute and Intel’s mobile etiquette survey. Anna’s the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition. Here are four overall tips from Ms. Post:

  • Skirts. “Not too short. Depending on your industry, above the knee is absolutely okay but this is not a day at the beach. This is still work, this is still an office,” says Post. Her advice? Strive for a balance between fabric and cut. “If you have too much fabric that’s floaty and flowy you, don’t want to be showing too much skin.”
  • Open-toe shoes. “So many of us wear open-toed shoes. I’m going to go ahead and call it: Have your toes done. Even if you’re not using polish, they need to be nice and tidy. End of story.” That’s a part of personal hygiene and grooming, she points out and recommends, “Share it nicely, please very much.”
  • Man sandals. As for guys? “Same thing,” says Post. “I think it’s a litle bit less accepted — it’s a lot more rare that guys can wear sandals in the office and let it go well. The flip side for guys with shoes is often socks or no socks. I usually vote socks on that one.”
  • Watch the wrinkles. “Lighter-ware clothing is much more prone to wrinkles,” Post points out. “I typically save wrinkly cotton or linen for tops.” The alternative, of course, is opting to wear light cotton or linen on the bottom for it to look crumbled by the end of the day in the summer. She adds, “Summer materials often are more conductive to tops than bottoms.”