NEW YORK – Working women facing a hot summer in the city are often baffled by how to dress appropriately for the office. Open-toe sandals, flip flops, city shorts and camisole tops may be a great way to beat the heat, but are often frowned upon in certain offices and industries, not to mention a poor wardrobe choice for air-conditioned offices.
Following the success of “casual Fridays” several years ago, many companies adopted a ‘business casual’ dress code all year long, eliminating the need for women to be suited up every day and giving them more options for the office.
“I’ve been at Pfizer for 15 years, and I remember the days I had to wear suits and stockings every day,” said Elvia Crismali, an administrative assistant in corporate human resources, dressed recently in a blouse and pants. She said that since Pfizer went to “business appropriate” attire in 2002, she’s enjoyed having more options and finds a more casual atmosphere to be “more productive.”
Most companies – no matter what the industry – still require a more dressed-up appearance, ie., pantsuits, skirtsuits, or dresses – when meeting with clients or at industry events.
WWD interviewed numerous companies around the city – ranging from American Express to Saks Fifth Avenue – to see what the company dress code is for summer, and whether the new city short, as well as miniskirts, camisoles, open-toe sandals, jeans and nose piercings are acceptable; how are these rules communicated, and whether summer interns – sometimes the biggest perpetrators of strict corporate dress codes – are abiding by them.
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