Should Women Go Sleeveless at Work?

sleeveless As the weather heats up, many women are tempted to shed jackets and sweaters in favor of tank tops, halters, spaghetti straps and camisoles. The big question is, should they? Probably not -- at least without a few precautions, according to a new survey that found 93 percent of women feel their underarms are unattractive.

Which begs the question, what exactly about their underarms do the remaining 7 percent find attractive? The recent Uncovering Underarms Study, conducted by Dove, in support of their Dove Ultimate go sleeveless Antiperspirant Deodorant, touched on the underarm area only, and didn't even begin to address upper arm problems like "chicken wings," dough and cellulite that many women fear. But according to the survey, armpit problems alone are enough to make most women step away from the tank top.

Insights from the 2010 Uncovering Underarm Study show:

  • Over half (53 percent) of the women in the study said they decide what to wear based on underarm appearance.
  • 62 percent of women experience skin problems with their underarms (such as underarm discoloration, spots or pimples, soreness and itchiness).
  • Half of women have been so embarrassed about the condition of their underarms that they have ultimately decided to change clothes.
  • 1 in 3 of the women studied feel more confident when their underarms are in good condition.

That last statistic is particularly interesting when taken from a workplace perspective. Could it mean that women perform better and with more confidence, when they feel their underarms are in good shape? Could a quick shave and an extra deodorant dose give them the special boost they need to nail that presentation or interview? Dove says it found that "women who care about the appearance of their underarms have more confidence in their overall appearance."

What about the women who chose to go au natural, sans razors and chemical deodorants? These are interesting pit points to ponder.

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