Flip-Flops Number One Faux Pas in The Workplace

With sum­mer upon us, a quick reminder about sum­mer work­place attire.  Accord­ing to a sur­vey by Opin­ion Research Com­pany, flip-flops are the biggest fash­ion faux pas for sum­mer fol­lowed by miniskirts com­ing in sec­ond and strap­less tops third.  Sure the weather is warmer and every­one wants to be relaxed, but you need to remem­ber that your clothes and how they fit are a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of you in the work­place.  A good rule of thumb is to dress for the job you want not the job you have. This will help you stand out and get you rec­og­nized for your pro­fes­sion­al­ism.  Other inap­pro­pri­ate arti­cles of cloth­ing include shorts, exer­cise attire, stretch pants, ten­nis shoes with holes and Crocs.

Here are a few options for busi­ness casual attire:


  • Pleated khaki trouser with belt
  • Cot­ton twill or cor­duroy trousers with belt
  • Button-down shirt
  • Polo shirt or crew­neck sweater
  • Suede or leather shoes


  • Skirt no shorter than 2″ above the knee
  • Cot­ton or blend trousers
  • Light weight sweater or blouse
  • Low heeled shoes or flats

Jules Hirst is a sought after speaker and a rec­og­nized eti­quette coach.  She con­ducts lec­tures, work­shops, sem­i­nars and webi­na­rs in busi­ness and social eti­quette.  Jules is co-authored Power of Civil­ity where she shares strate­gies and tools for build­ing an excep­tional pro­fes­sional image.

Jules can be reached at: www.juleshirst.com or 310–425‑3160