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It’s summertime and the living is easy, but that doesn’t mean your co-workers want to hear the thwack-thwack of your flip-flops coming down the cubicle farm.
A new survey from staffing firm Adecco finds that around three-fourths of Americans think it’s OK for both men and women to dress more casually at work in the summer.
But there’s a big difference between “office casual” and “what I’m wearing to the beach after work.”
Flip-flops are the biggest office “don’t,” with 71 percent of adults surveyed saying the footwear is inappropriate for work. That’s slightly more than those who think miniskirts are inappropriate office wear, according to the Adecco survey.
Strapless tops and dresses were also slightly lower on the list, with 66 percent saying that they were inappropriate.
A little over half said that shorts are also an office no-no.
Are bare toes really more inappropriate than bare shoulders? It appears that it’s not so much the toes as the footwear itself that is such an office annoyance. Only 31 percent of respondents were opposed to open-toed shoes in general.
It should also be noted that far more women than men are against miniskirts and strapless tops.
The telephone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted in June.