During the Dog Days of summer, when the heat rises and the humidity rages, it can be easy to forget what constitutes appropriate attire for work or a job interview, opting instead for the bare minimum. Well, don’t sweat it—Masiello Employment is here with our Summer Wardrobe Edition of Do’s and Don’t-You-Dares.

Do… Familiarize yourself with the company’s dress code—follow it precisely, and know it doesn’t change in summer. Also, stay as professional as possible within the guidelines (e.g. if shorts are okay, wear them when the temperatures rise, but avoid wearing them for professional jobs, particularly those with stains, rips, tears, and the like).

Don’t-You-Dare… Interview in casual wear. Even if the company’s dress code accepts T-shirts and shorts, you should make the best first impression possible by wearing your most professional clothes to an interview. We suggest that you schedule your interview for first thing in the morning to avoid the heat of mid-day so you can wear something like long pants and a button-down shirt without too much discomfort.

Do… Live in linen. This warm-weather necessity may wrinkle easily, but creases here and there is a small price to pay for its breezy, breathable comfort. Just make sure it doesn’t look like your linen shirt or pants were balled up under the bed before you put them on.

Don’t-You-Dare… Default to what you’d wear to a pool party. Things like a tank top and flip-flops might make you feel comfortable even when it’s very hot, but they make you look casual, probably too casual for work and absolutely too casual for a job interview. Also, improper footwear might be a danger to certain work environments, especially if you’re working with machinery.

Do… Find the right balance. “Athleisure” wear, which combines the best of what you’d wear to work or workout, is a popular trend in the marketplace with lots of job-friendly options. Crafted with moisture-wicking materials and secret details like underarm vents, you may be able to find an athleisure version of most of the favorite items in your work wardrobe.

Don’t-You-Dare… Wear your outdoor summer accessories indoors. We’re talking about things like sunglasses and baseball caps, which signify feet-up relaxation, not head-down work.

Do… Keep cool in clever ways. If you have long hair, wear it in a bun or a high ponytail; invest in body-cooling ice packs (and store replacements in the company freezer); or plug in a small fan at your desk or bring a battery-powered fan to your workspace.

Don’t-You-Dare… Drink ice-cold liquids during the work day or before your job interview. Your body warms up cold beverages during digestion, using energy to do so, and making you even hotter in the process. It takes some getting used to, but drinking room-temperature water is the best, fastest way to stay hydrated.

Whether it’s summer or winter, remember that Masiello Employment is here to help you find your perfect job—just give our recruiting team a call.