|Andrews Kurth Attorney Kathleen Wu quoted in MintLife article|
MintStyle with Rachel Weingarten: Summer Business Style
|July 5, 2012 11:54 pm|
A few weeks ago, I wrote about summer style on a budget and received some feedback that made me pause. Everyone who wrote in seemed to think they had the right idea about what constituted proper office attire during summer months and that everyone else was completely clueless.
Most interesting to me was the fact that everyone who wrote in had completely different theories about not only fashion, but business fashion, in particular. One email extolled the virtues of a past office environment accepting of shorts and anything barring actual beach gear.
Another note railed against the concept of anything more casual than a full-fledged suit and bemoaned the days of official work wardrobes across all industries. Some argued that workplace dress codes were outmoded, while others wished their companies had more clear policies.
Kathleen Wu, a partner in the Dallas office of Andrews Kurth, is unswayed by region or weather. Wu believes that women, in general, need to ignore even intense heat and continue dressing like a professional year-round, since even in intense heat it's fairly temperate within the office.
Wu believes that shorts, t-shirts, sandals and anything appropriate for an afternoon at the pool are anything but appropriate for the workplace. "Women who want to be treated professionally and be taken seriously, need to dress professionally," says Wu.
Then again, some companies don't want to issue any directives on appropriate office wear.
The bottom line is, if you're not sure what to wear to the office during hotter months, check to see if there's an office dress code in place. If you're a freelancer or consultant, spend some time researching the company and their policies and try to dress accordingly when on-site.
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