What Not to Wear to the Company Picnic

By Kimberly Law, AICI CIP

The warm weather is here at last and with them, out door activities such as picnics and barbeques. For many of us these activities provide an opportunity to wear casual, comfortable clothing such as shorts and t-shirts. Although these casual dress items can work well for social gatherings, expectations for the company picnic may require a little more thought.

Sexy & frumpy have no place in the workplace. They also have no place at business gatherings, even at the park. When dressing for work or any work related activity it’s important to appear credible. Consider style, fabric and appropriateness.

How casual is too casual? Just because it’s comfortable it doesn’t mean it’s suitable for a picnic. If it is a business function, consider the condition of the garment as well. Well worn, wrinkled, stained or dirty clothing appears sloppy, unprofessional and can reflect on your personality.

Although shorts may be appropriate for the occasion, it’s important to recognise that not all shorts are created equal. Cut offs and short shorts may be worn for socializing with friends, but not business acquaintances. Opt for walking shorts, Bermudas or Capri’s instead.

More skin less credibility. For women, sleeveless tops may be warranted by the heat. However tanks, cropped tops, backless and halters are not. Appropriate styles for men include quality t-shirts and polo’s.

Lightweight fabrics are cool sheer is not Always be aware of what is showing under the clothing.

Fabric can dramatically alter the look of a garment making it appear casual, professional, sexy or dressy. When choosing fabrics for any business related activity consider how credible you appear.

Watch what you say! Advertising and novelty slogans on clothing can say a lot about you and your personality. The wrong logo or slogan speaks louder than words and may damage your company’s reputation and yours. Your company’s logo proudly displayed advertises the company and you as its representative.

Choose clothing that fits. Clothing that is too small will emphasize your body shape, diminishing your credibility; Clothing that is too big adds bulk and makes the wearer look frumpy. Well fitted clothing looks more expensive and well put together.

To ‘dress for success’ at the company picnic, credibility is the key. Use these tips and choose your business attire for casual gatherings accordingly.

Kimberly Law, AICI CIP, owner of Personal Impact Image Management is a Certified Image Consultant, specializing in helping clients make the best impression possible, including personal appearance and etiquette. Sign up for Image Matters & receive FREE articles like this one. Or learn more about formal to business casual dress in our special reports ‘Upwardly Mobile Clothing for Upwardly Mobile Women’ or ‘Upwardly Mobile Clothing for Upwardly Mobile Men’.

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