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10 Things Not To Wear To Work In The Summer

We're as sick of the heat as you are. But that's no excuse to wear shorts in the office. Or any of the other sartorial sadnesses on this list. And Summer Fridays are not a free pass!

  • <p>10 Things Not To Wear To Work In The Summer</p>
  • <p>This looks ridiculous in a productivity-sapping kind of way.</p>
  • <p>We can see your toes. That's not good.</p>
  • <p>There is no such thing as a "dress sandal."</p>
  • <p>Are you <em>stil</em>l partying from last night? Because that's what mesh says.</p>
  • <p>They are even worse than <a href="http://redhot-fancydress.co.uk/store/Old-Favourites/1980s-Party/Mc-Hammer-Pants-Gold-Size-Standard/prod_2836.html?gclid=CI7zsPart7gCFdGd4Aod9H4Aig" target="_blank">Hammer pants</a>. So. Yeah.</p>
  • <p>We don't care how ready you are for the "gun show." We'd like to disarm you now.</p>
  • <p>Unless your job is tennis or you are a <a href="http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/richie%20tenenbaum" target="_blank">Richie Tenenbaum </a>impersonator, this is unacceptable office wear.</p>
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    10 Things Not To Wear To Work In The Summer

  • 02 /11
    | Shorts

    Go show off your calves walking around town, or at the beach, or really anywhere where it's okay to wear shorts--anywhere but the office.

  • 03 /11
    | Sunglasses (Indoors)

    The second you step inside you've got a two-minute window to get them off your face.

  • 04 /11
    | Socks with Sandals

    This looks ridiculous in a productivity-sapping kind of way.

  • 05 /11
    | Flip-Flops

    We can see your toes. That's not good.

  • 06 /11
    | Mandals

    There is no such thing as a "dress sandal."

  • 07 /11
    | Mesh

    Are you still partying from last night? Because that's what mesh says.

  • 08 /11
    | Ripped T-shirts

    They make you look like you got into a fight with a bear. And lost. And no one wants to work with a loser (of bear fights).

  • 09 /11
    | Yoga Pants

    They are even worse than Hammer pants. So. Yeah.

  • 10 /11
    | Crop Tops/ Tank Tops

    We don't care how ready you are for the "gun show." We'd like to disarm you now.

  • 11 /11
    | Headbands

    Unless your job is tennis or you are a Richie Tenenbaum impersonator, this is unacceptable office wear.

As you may have heard, it's hot outside.

We know. We're hot, too.

If you're lucky, your office has some form of air conditioning. But you've still got to get there without becoming a melting blob of sweat. So how do you deal with the heat?

Maybe you're thinking about wearing a little bit less, or only certain fabrics to beat the heat. That's a fine strategy, as long as you do it right. Just like a stinky lunch can ruin a perfectly good office environment in an instant, a few questionable wardrobe choices can do the same.

And you don't want to do that. Trust us, you don't.

Shorts

Sorry about this one. No, you know what, we're not sorry. We're proud members of the anti-shorts brigade. Go show off your calves walking around town, or at the beach, or really anywhere where it's okay to wear shorts—anywhere but the office. Break this rule and you risk ending up here.

Sunglasses (indoors)

Okay, sunglasses make you look cool. But only when you're outside and actually using them.

The second you step inside you've got a two-minute window to get them off your face. Otherwise:

1. You're not mysterious.

2. You're not cool.

3. We're looking at you because you look stupid.

Socks with Sandals

As much as it pains us to say this (because socks and sandals are one of the most comfortable clothing combinations in existence) they have no place in the office. Why? Well, for one thing it looks ridiculous in a productivity-sapping way. As soon as the day's over, it's a different story. Yeah, even Zuck needs to heed this one.

Flip-Flops

We can see your toes. That's not good.

Mandals

Oh you, fashionably misled men. Sandals are one thing, but big, leather, I'm-a-'90s-dad mandals. Quick tip: There is no such thing as a "dress sandal." Also: See above vis a vis toes.

Mesh

Did you have fun at the party that apparently has moved to the office because you're still wearing mesh last night?

Ripped T-shirts

It's really cool, that you're so cool. But:

"Oh, my god. Are you okay?"

"Yeah, why do you ask?"

Because you look like you got into a fight with a bear.

Yoga Pants

You like to work out—that's awesome. Exercise is great for creativity and makes you smarter.

And who doesn't love yoga? The only difference is, we don't wear pants specifically designed for physical exercise in the office.

You also might be showing off a bit more than you'd like.

Crop Tops and Tank Tops

"Hey Mary, nice stomach!"

"Hey Mike, nice arms!"

Why?

Headbands

Everybody sweats, but go wipe yourself off in the bathroom, or stick your head in the fridge for a few minutes—nobody wants to see a sweat-soaked cloth sitting on your head. Unless you are John McEnroe and your job is tennis.

This list is by no means complete, so please, share your office wardrobe Don'ts with us in the comments!

[Image: Flickr user Daniel Oines]

Slideshow Credits: 02 / Arrested Development; 03 / Top Gun (1986); 04 / Flickr user Jon Ward; 05 / Flickr user Bill Selak; 06 / Flickr user Hiker32 ; 07 / Kiselev Andrey Valerevich via Shutterstock; 09 / Flickr user Lululemon Athletica; 10 / Flickr user JoeInQueens; 11 / Flickr user Guian Bolisay ;