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While people make mistakes year-round, relaxed summer dress codes seem to bring out the worst in individuals’ sense of proper work attire. Many of us have already swapped our winter sweaters for summer-friendly short sleeves. But when it comes to selecting summer wear for the office, it pays to do so cautiously. The biggest risk of a summer wardrobe is over-exposure. If you are ever hesitant about wearing an ensemble to work, chances are you should change. Even when the temperature rises to unbearable heights, choose wisely.

Every workplace has different dress code expectations and policies but if you’re working in the corporate world or an office environment, there are general rules of thumb all employees should follow. Fashion magazines and television shows may portray women in sassy work attire, but this type of clothing is inappropriate for most offices.  The carefree feeling of summer does not change the fact that you are always dressing for the job, the raise and the promotion even if your employer allows for seasonally-appropriate attire. Certain items, materials and trends are just off-limits within the walls of your office.

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