When Temperatures Rise: Making The Right Impression This Summer

Our latest post from Chelsea: Project Manager 9-5, Fashionista 24/7 – and NEXT for Women fashion and beauty contributor.

The temperature keeps rising and so do the number of work sponsored events such as company picnics and after work networking hours. So what does a young, professional woman who wants to look her best wear – especially if these events are outdoors? We want to be comfortable, but still work appropriate. You want your coworkers to remember you for your intelligent conversation and work related accomplishments and not your unprofessional dress!

Common sense applies here: do not wear anything that shows too much cleavage or is too short. Yes, you are at this event to have fun and mingle with your coworkers, but do not discount the fact that your boss and perhaps boss’ boss will be there. While these sorts of events offer a great opportunity to bond with your coworkers and unwind after work, the impressions made at these events will also carry over into the office.



As a Project Manager for a global contract research organization, Chelsea’s work on global clinical trials includes the successful management, oversight, and execution of clinical studies in both the preapproval and post-approval stages of development. When not contributing to the success of her organization, Chelsea keeps up on fashion and beauty trends and avidly explores how to feature her own personal style both in and out of the workplace. Her eye for style and design landed her recent wedding as a feature in The Knot Magazine and online as a “Knot Pick.” Besides her contributions to the NEXTfor Women community, Chelsea is also a featured reviewer on the popular shopping website, eDressme. In the community, Chelsea is an active member of the Board of Directors of her regional chapter of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and is the President of her local alumni association for

Virginia Tech.

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