Business Insider Employees Model What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Wear To Work In The Summer

Dina Spector

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When the weather gets hot outside, it can be hard to dress appropriately while still being comfortable.And as the workplace becomes more casual, should the dress code also be more lenient? To get some perspective, we caught up with Tiffiny Dixon, the founder of MEO, a fashion consultancy.

“As a general rule, don’t overdo it with the perfume or fragrances,” she says. “And don’t overexpose.”

Above all, “you want to wear something empowering,” she says. “When you look empowered, you feel empowered, and you’ll perform better in your job.”

But there are some basic rules to follow, no matter if you work on Wall Street or at a startup.

To convey Dixon’s tips, we’ve asked some of our colleagues at Business Insider to model for us.

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title=”The Life reporter Meredith Galante is wearing flip flops — something you should avoid in every office, says Dixon. “Flip flops aren’t appropriate even while commuting. You don’t know who you’re going to see on the train, or while stopping to get your coffee.””
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title=”Senior editor Julie Zeveloff wears a long dress. “In the summer, women like to wear long dresses,” says Dixon. Adding a cardigan makes it more work appropriate.”
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title=”Sports reporter Tony Manfred is on an interview call, but can’t concentrate because his clothes are too tight. “You can wear a T-shirt,” Dixon says. “But you always want to maintain a ‘business casual’ feel. There’s a difference between tight and something that’s fitted. Make sure it’s not overtight.””
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title=”Advertising reporter Laura Stampler wears bright colours. “In the advertising industry, strong colour blocking is popular,” says Dixon. “It shows that you’re on top of things. If you’re in more of a serious, mainstream industry like finance or law, more toned-down traditional colours are better.””
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title=”Deputy editor Gus Lubin wears some interesting socks. “There’s a shift moving out of the bold colour blocking,” says Dixon. “Not everyone can wear such bold colours.””
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title=”Your Money reporter Mandi Woodruff bikes to work. “If you’re completely in workout gear when you walk into the office,” says Dixon, “it’s OK as long as it’s nice gear. Biking has become a trendy, healthy lifestyle thing.””
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title=”Money Game reporter Mamta Badkar looks stylish and cool in a pencil skirt. “First invest in the business basics for your wardrobe,” says Dixon. “This includes two suits in a neutral colour, two pencil skirts (for women), and two to three pairs of slacks.””
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title=”Contributors intern Rylan Miller models pastels. “I also see a lot of pastels that are coming in,” says Dixon. “They mix and match well and are monochromatic.””
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title=”Aimee Groth, our War Room and Careers editor, models a J. Crew shirt. “J. Crew is good for basics,” says Dixon. “Uniqlo is also amazing for basics at a great price point.””
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title=”This suit coat is way too big for Main Page reporter Ashley Lutz. But she’s actually on the right track: “With regards to the quality and the fit, I’d suggest buying a suit coat one to two sizes too big and then bringing it into a tailor,” says Dixon.”
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