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Respectfully Yours: Men’s office attire

Friday, May 18, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST Special to The Press in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I recently read your column on summer office attire for women. Could you please give ideas for men’s attire for the summer season at the office?

Dear Reader, The summer months are here and the warm weather doesn’t immediately imply casual. There is no excuse for looking lazy. You merely need to adapt to the season.

Every workplace has different dress code policies. No matter the temperature, it is always important to look professional and appropriate.

When it is a necessity for the man who has to look professional and polished, it’s important to think about the material of what you’re wearing. You have many options.

Look for suits and shirts in lighter textiles and hues. Consider chambray, a lightweight cotton fabric that is perfect for summer. Try a linen blend suit that is a combination of cotton or wool. This way, you can keep the look of linen without the wrinkling and creasing.

When the office demands a smarter appearance, the impression of an un-pressed suit is not one you want to give when you are supposed to be looking sharp. Keep your shirts lightweight. Lighter weight cottons and cotton-linen blends will help keep you from overheating. A classic white shirt and a summer-patterned tie bring personality while remaining polished and office appropriate.

If your office adheres to a slightly less stiff dress code and allows for more flexibility, include mixing in prints, classic patterns, and pops of color into your wardrobe. Deconstructed jackets with short-sleeved shirts or polos are stylish options. Chinos or dressy lightweight slacks with a lightweight sport coat is appropriate. Don’t let the hot weather prevent you from looking put together, you can remain stylish and polished all summer long.

Respectfully Yours, Jacquelyn

Have a question? Email: Jacquelyn Youst is owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, specializing in etiquette training. She is on the board of directors of the National Civility Foundation. All Rights Reserved © 2018 Jacquelyn Youst