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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Q: Is it OK for employees to dress down during summer?

Yevgeny Semyonov, associate director of capital markets and investments, Knight Frank:

Summer dress should meet corporate standards definitely -- this is the service business, and we're dealing with reputable companies. Men can wear light suits, but still a shirt and tie. And for women, I believe their outfit should be the same irrespective of the season, but also probably with lighter fabrics in summer. I do believe that rules are rules, and of course it's much more comfortable to not wear a tie when you're not working with clients, but still...

There have been a few mails sent out about it -- a mild reminder that there are certain corporate standards with respect to what you're wearing."

Anna Dmitriyeva, translator, Great Wall Motor Company:

The outfit was decided for the factory in China, and it's more or less the same here. It's very strict -- even in hot weather you can't wear a top without cuffs, and there should be a collar so a shirt or top isn't too open. Women must wear skirts that fall below the knee. And there shouldn't be any kind of decoration on the skirt or shirt. It's forbidden to wear open-toed shoes. Still, there's less control over what we wear than at the factory."

Natalya Filipchenko, beauty editor, Madame Figaro:

Aside from short shorts and T-shirts that are too open, nothing is forbidden. It doesn't make any difference at all to me. We don't have a dress code, it's just a question of upbringing."

Hugh Verrier, executive partner, White & Case LLC:

Being a law firm, our dress code is formal business attire -- just think of Borat, only better. For the summertime, his bathing suit look is a possibility but it is not widely accepted, even in extremely hot weather. 'Casual Fridays'? -- very niiice!"