Summer starts today, and many of us are digging through our closets for comfortable clothing. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when assessing your work wardrobe.

While some companies adhere to stringent dress-code policies, other businesses take a laid-back approach to their work attire, a trend that’s been demonstrated by even the most influential leaders.

During his first day in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama made headlines after he was photographed sans suit jacket, something that had never been seen in the White House before this administration, the New York Times reported.

Career and fashion specialists alike encourage employees to put effort into their work styles to avoid the wrong type of attention from the connections that matter most, such as managers, clients and peers.

“Clothing may influence the extent to which another person may consider us credible,” gender communication specialist Audrey Nelson, Ph.D., writes for Psychology Today. “It is often read as a sign of character.”

With this message in mind, it’s often difficult to discern suitable clothing from inappropriate wear, as employees at the same company may have different ideas as to what is acceptable.

Here are some essential steps to dress appropriately for work in summer.

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