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Office Dress Codes for Changing Weather


Is the warm weather making you think about your dress code? 

Summer is a more laid-back time of year and sometimes this laid-back attitude seeps into the workplace. During the hot, sticky summer months, employers often notice employees take a relaxed approach to the office dress code. It's a good idea to get ahead of any inappropriate attire by communicating your summer dress code now.

What can an employer include in an office dress code and how can they ensure employees comply with it? 

Employers can implement dress code policies that prohibit employees from wearing too-casual attire such as jeans, shorts, or flip flops. The key is in making sure employees understand the dress code policy. A clear, understandable policy is key to successful implementation, enforcement, and adherence.

Here are some tips for developing a summer dress code policy:

Draft a gender-neutral dress code policy that is business-related, promotes the company’s image needs, and addresses safety concerns

  • -Be specific: phrases like “business casual” and “professional attire” don’t clearly outline what an employee can and cannot wear
  • -Note the clothing that is strictly off limits, e.g., flip flops, shorts, low-cut shirts, athletic wear, see-through attire
  • -Provide objective standards for other clothing that may be permissible as long as it meets certain criteria, e.g., shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer
  • -Address proper grooming and the wearing of fragrances
  • -Send out a reminder regarding dress code policy and Summer attire
  • -Ensure management leads by example and strictly adheres to the dress code
  • -Accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs, except when the requested accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer
  • -Enforce the policies fairly and consistently


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