Woman’s Office Attire

Hi guys, looking for some insight on what to wear on the office as a woman! The city I am going to be in is very humid and warm. Is it acceptable to wear shirts without sleeves (think more vest attire so the “straps” cover all over the shoulder area)? Should I be wearing a collared shirt every day? What is considered appropriate and what is considered not? Is it strange to wear a blazer into work every day, maybe over a sleeveless shirt, and take it off in office? Would really appreciate any tips!


Depends on the office, but in mine, sleeveless shirts/shells are 100% acceptable. I show up in sleeveless tops or blouses with slacks or a long skirt, or a sheath dress, and I think im still on the formal side in my office. I don’t really see anyone wear blazers


Based on the most helpful WSO content, here are some insights on women's office attire, especially for a warm and humid city:

  1. Sleeveless Shirts:

    • It's generally acceptable to wear sleeveless shirts as long as they cover the shoulder area properly. However, it's always a good idea to have a blazer or cardigan handy to maintain a professional appearance, especially for meetings or formal settings.
  2. Collared Shirts:

    • While collared shirts are a safe and professional choice, they are not mandatory every day. You can mix and match with other professional tops, such as blouses or dress shirts, as long as they are appropriate for the office environment.
  3. Blazers:

    • Wearing a blazer over a sleeveless shirt and taking it off in the office is a practical approach. It allows you to stay cool while commuting and still look professional when needed. Keeping a blazer or cardigan at your desk is a good strategy for sudden meetings or when the office air conditioning is too cold.
  4. General Tips:

    • Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or linen to stay comfortable in a humid climate.
    • Stick to neutral or classic colors for a professional look, but don't be afraid to incorporate some color or patterns as long as they are not too flashy.
    • Ensure that your clothes fit well and are not too tight or revealing.

By following these guidelines, you can maintain a professional appearance while staying comfortable in a warm and humid environment.

Sources: Casualisation of Office Dress Codes, girls internship attire, Most ridiculous or inappropriate fashion attire you've seen at work among SA, Women's Investment Banking Attire, https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forum/fashion/appropriate-attire-for-women?customgpt=1

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