The temperature in Las Vegas is going to be 107 degrees today. By Sunday, when SHRM officially starts their conference, the temperature is supposed to cool down to a frosty 101 degrees. As a girl, I think that is just about perfect weather for a sundress and flip flops. Throw a light sweater or pashmina in my bag in case the air conditioning is blasting too high, and I’m good to go.
I wasn’t too worried that a sundress and flip flops are a violation of SHRM’s “business casual” dress code, because no one really knows what “business casual” means, not even Wikipedia: “The interpretation of business casual differs widely among organizations and is often a cause of confusion.” The fact that Wikipedia even HAS an entry about business casual means that no one really knows what it is and has to look it up.
Wikipedia does say, though, that attire that is “inappropriately revealing”, such as flip-flops, is unacceptable as business casual for either gender. And given that everyone has advised me to wear comfortable shoes, I think this footwear is the better choice:
I’m fairly certain that athletic shoes don’t fit any definition of “business casual”, either, but I’ve been able to choose my own clothes for a really long time now, and I don’t need any assistance from SHRM.