There is excitement in the air as the thermometer slowly creeps upwards – it’s almost Spring! Just because the weather is about to change doesn’t mean we need to throw out the rules of appropriate attire. Follow these do’s and don’ts from our in-house etiquette expert Diane Gottsman to successfully switch from your warm winter wear to sunny spring wardrobe essentials:
Do remember a light sweater or cardigan. While it’s warming up in the afternoons, you still need to be appropriate. Neither the thin sleeved blouse nor tank tops are acceptable options for the office without a covering. Opt for a lightweight material when choosing your cardigan.
Do wear what looks and feels best. Comfort should not be your first concern when selecting a polished wardrobe. You can have both comfort and style if you put effort into how you dress to impress. Use a stylist at the department store (preferably one that is not on commission) who will give you tips and honest feedback. Use their tailor to give the outfit a personalized fitting.
Don’t wear your sunglasses inside, even if they are just on top of your head. Store them away in a case when you are not driving or sitting outside. Especially when dealing with clients, sunglasses are a barrier to conversation, and can hinder making a strong business connection.
Do get in the spirit of spring with a bright pop of color. Even if it’s not warm enough to bring out our warm weather clothes, a yellow or pink blouse under a blazer brightens up your wardrobe.
Don’t be afraid to try a fun piece of jewelry. With numerous affordable options, it is easy to add a colorful necklace into your rotation. Before wearing it to the office or meetings be sure that it is not noisy or distracting.
Don’t be tempted to wear flip-flops in a corporate or formal setting. I know this bullet may sound ridiculous to many readers, but it is a real issue in some work environments. Even if your office is “casual”, flip flops step over the line. All sandals are “iffy” unless they are dressy enough to be worn with a skirt. Avoid anything that has a strap between the toe, which include gladiator styles and rhinestone laden strappy’s.
Do remember to dress your best year round! Whether you’re at the office, mall, or grocery store, you never know who you will run into. Leave the sweatpants and house shoes at home. To quote Tom Ford, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”
Have a wonderful spring!