Fashion for the Professional in the Sun
Image is everything in business. That is why when work requires you to jet off to hotter climes, finding that balancing act between professional and practical for your work wardrobe is a nightmare. That’s why this week Bravofly has put together this guide to dressing professionally when you jet off to pastures new.
There is a juxtaposition of priorities here. The nature of business travel, the fact that you are travelling out to represent your company on official matters, suggests that you need to don full work attire. However, the sheer heat of many centres of commerce – particularly those based on the Arabian Peninsula – means that formal business attire is restrictive, causing discomfort that can detract from your productivity.
How do you balance these priorities to ensure not only that you make a fine impression on those you are travelling out to meet, but that you are at the top of your game in order to clinch that lucrative deal?
Business Dress for the Professional Woman
Generally, it’s best to dress formally but practically, and most importantly, sensibly. This isn’t the time for restrictive pieces of fashion that bear up horribly under the weight of the summer sun. For women this usually means:
- Sensible Shoes: Whilst heels are often essential for the professional woman, this doesn’t mean they can’t be practical. Avoid stilettos and embrace wider heels, try Mary Jane’s for the perfect balancing act.
- Pencil Skirt: Whilst trousers might be comfortable, they might not be the best choice for your business wardrobe on this particular occasion. Go for a smart pencil skirt if you want to achieve the practical business look and team with sheer tights.
- Sheer Shirts: Naturally a shirt is necessary for official functions, but it must also be practical. Find shirts in sheer, lightweight materials for comfort.
Business Dress for the Professional Man
Men’s business fashion is more restrictive than women’s, and this can be a particular issue when travelling out for meetings in hotter countries, because it means there are less options open to you to help avoid discomfort in the blazing heat. You might want to try:
- White: White reflects the sun whilst black absorbs heat, so you might want to incorporate as much white as possible into your business attire. White shirts are vital for the professional man in this case.
- Neckwear: Avoid neckwear. Ties may give off a professional air but they’ll soon choke you and distract your attention in the boiling heat. Instead, wear lightweight shirts with the top button undone for that necessary balance.
- Shoes: Dress shoes are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that they need to be restrictive. Avoid shoes with excessive lacing and embrace the low male heel for optimum comfort.