How casual is your summer workplace wardrobe?

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At the Careerist (sub. req.), blogger Vivia Chen notes a survey by Seyfarth Shaw’s consulting group that found half of the 400 managers surveyed had concerns about workers’ summer attire. Issues ranged from attire being too revealing or too casual down to having visible tattoos and piercings.

“Although ‘traditional’ casual still means a polo shirt paired with pressed khakis (snore), ripped jeans—consciously designed that way, as opposed to jeans with holes, which are merely old—and T-shirts are showing up in firms, too,” Chen writes.

So this week, we’d like to ask you: How casual is your summer workplace wardrobe? Is it straight business attire all the time? Or in the summer, do you wear shorts? No socks? T-shirts? What about for court? How casual can you go in your office environment and/or the city where you practice?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Do you take power naps during your workday?

Featured answer:

Posted by pb: “I live in China. Nap time after lunch is virtually mandatory and certainly the norm across businesses. When I first joined my company, I found it odd that after eating, all the employees would go back to their desks and sleep for about 30 minutes. Some even bring pillows and blankets to work, and some companies play soothing music to wake the staff. My employees say without it they cannot function well in the afternoon … two years later, I still work through lunch while everyone sleeps.”

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